It’s the Western Conference Finals and the stakes are high, but the Thunder knows that with the will to win and a high level of concentration for 48 minutes, anything is possible.
The Thunder has faced adversity before, whether it was in early regular season games or with big deficits late in Playoff games this season. Regardless of the situation, Head Coach Scott Brooks’ team sticks together and problem solves as a unit.
On Wednesday, after a tough 120-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder returned to the Integris Health Thunder Development Center for a team meeting, where it addressed the mentality and mindset necessary to attack Game 3 on Thursday night.
The Thunder held a team meeting on Wednesday morning after landing in the wee hours of the night after its Game 2 loss in San Antonio against the Spurs. Heading back home to Chesapeake Energy Arena for the third and fourth games of the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder knows it has an opportunity ahead of itself to get back into the series, starting one game, and one possession at a time in front of its home crowd.
SAN ANTONIO – The “hole” just kept getting deeper.
Down six to the San Antonio Spurs after the first quarter and 11 at the half, the Thunder suddenly was staring at a 22-point deficit with less than 17 minutes remaining in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
An 8-0 run in 1 minute, 29 seconds pulled the Thunder within 80-66. Shots were starting to fall, the Spurs were starting to miss and, most important, the Thunder was getting to the free-throw line.
With 5:40 remaining in the game, the Thunder was within six points.