The San Antonio Spurs have took care of business holding home court in the first two games of their Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but came out flat in Game 3.
With the loss, San Antonio's 20-game win streak came to an end, and it served as a reminder that anything can happen in the playoffs.
The Thunder did their adjustments, putting Thabo Sefolosha on Tony Parker, and Serge Ibaka switching off screens proved to be effective on defense, they took care of the ball (only seven turnovers), plus they shot the ball pretty well too.
Meanwhile, the Spurs, who shot 60 percent in the field for three quarters in Game 2, made just 39.5 percent of their shot attempts in Game 3 and committed 21 turnovers.
San Antonio were sloppy at the start, weathered the storm early, but just couldn't keep up with Oklahoma's energy.
However they still hold a 2-1 advantage over the Thunder.
They lost only one game and it's up to them to respond. The Spurs must realize that winning Game 4 is their best chance to advance to the NBA Finals the easy way.
Win, and they'd take control of the series with a 3-1 lead. Lose, and suddenly they will find themselves in a dog fight against a young and hungry Thunder team in a race to two finish.
Forget about the win streak, forget about going perfect, or as Tim Duncan put it.
"We're in the Western Conference Finals, we don't really need motivation. We are here and we are trying to get to four games. We hoped to win every game in a row in the playoffs but we didn't, so here we go. Game 4 – we're going to be ready and we're going to bring it."
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