The San Antonio Spurs are on a record threatening streak with 19 games in a row and counting. It’s a pretty formidable mental challenge to any opponents. But the Oklahoma City Thunder head into Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals knowing they have the moxie to beat San Antonio. After all, the Thunder took the Spurs to the limit and were actually leading before a Popovich inspirational outburst turned things around. The talent is there for Oklahoma to end this streak.
Expect a few changes in game 2. The Thunder coaching staff will be looking to get more out of Serge Ibaka on the defensive end. He was on the bench when the Spurs started their rally in Game 1. Don’t expect that to happen next time. Big doses of Kevin Durant are in the works and a tightening of the entire defense, along with a renewed emphasis on physical play, could go a long way towards helping the Thunder start a streak of their own.Eric Drouant