San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said it best “Championship teams win on the road. Oklahoma City just did that.” and really there’s no better way to describe what the Thunder did last night. Kevin Durant led the way but key plays down the stretch to fight off a Spurs rally made the difference in a 108-103 Thunder victory and a 3-2 series lead. This young Thunder team is on a 3 game winning streak against an experienced team that had previously won 20 games in a row. That stat alone symbolizes growth and maturity, something that was highly criticized on Oklahoma City’s young and sometimes reckless roster. This game was symbolic of classic playoff basketball. The Spurs came out hot, Thunder took the lead heading into the half, Spurs came out firing to start the third, the Thunder once again took the lead heading into the 4th and eventually they were able to make the plays necessary to fight off another Spurs rally. With Manu Ginobili playing great in a starting role, bench players not named Stephen Jackson were no-shows and it hurt the Spurs in big ways. San Antonio must get back to the offensive efficiency from the first two games as the series heads back north to Oklahoma City.
Game 5: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
8:30ET (series tied at 2)
Another massive game tonight, this time in the east as the Celtics head down to Miami in a pivotal game 5. Chris Bosh has been upgraded to “day-to-day” and has stated that he’s ready to play. Does Miami risk playing him and if so, how much of an impact can he have? The Celtics are trying to keep momentum after squeaking an overtime victory. If they plan on winning on the road (they have to) then I think is their best opportunity to do so.