The San Antonio Spurs' great season and playoff run will be on the line on Wednesday night when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals series.
Down 3-2, the Spurs must win to avoid elimination and force a Game 7 back in San Antonio. While the pundits have praised the Spurs just a week ago because of their beautiful basketball, after three straight setbacks, a lot of people have turn their backs on the Spurs and describes them as 'not recognizable'.
While there may be some truth to that, the reality is the Thunder have evolved in the last three games, they made the right adjustments and played confident basketball at a high-level.
Despite that however, Oklahoma still needed big shots down the stretch in Games 4 and 5 to put away the Spurs.
Now, the Spurs have their backs against the wall, and must use their experience to overcome their biggest adversity of the postseason.
Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson sounded confident after Game 5's defeat, Manu Ginobili said they don't have any choice (but to win) and coach Gregg Popovich said this before the flight to Oklahoma.
"I expect to go there and win a basketball game. But to do that, we have to take care of the basketball."
Those words are pretty encouraging, but the Spurs must put their acts together quickly. Win one game in Oklahoma, and suddenly they'll have momentum going to a winner take all Game 7 in San Antonio.
The Spurs are down, which is an unfamiliar word for quite awhile in San Antonio. Down, but not out.
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