By Rich Winter
The Absence of OKC center Serge Ibaka was evident last night as Tim Duncan toyed with the OKC big-men for 27 points and 7 rebounds as the Spurs took a 1-0 lead with a 122-105 victory.
The Spurs take what you give them and Duncan took advantage of a depleted OKC interior and now you seriously have to wonder if OKC is really going to put up much of a fight here.
The Thing about the Spurs is they can get you in so many ways.
Tony Parker, who came into the game averaging 4.9 assists per game, got everyone involved and dropped 12 dimes on these Thunder.
Leonard had 16, Ginobli 18 off the bench and Danny Green was 6-7 from the field and had 16 points.
The loss of Ibaka has clearly disrupted what OKC likes to do.
Kendrick Perkins gave the team five points and nine boards in 24 points but he's so slow of foot he made Duncan look young and spry.
Nick Collison, zero points and three boards
Tuff guy, Steven Adams had four points and two boards.
That is nine points and 14 boards from what is left of the OKC interior and that is just not going to get it done.
Between the three the got two blocks...Translation, no dominant interior presence and Duncan took advantage of that.
Ibaka's numbers this year are 12.2 points, 7.3 boards and 2.2 blocked shots.
So Duncan is 38 years old and he played last night like he was 28.
Hard to blame Durant with 28 points, nine rebound and five assists or Westbrook with 25 points, five boards and seven assists.
Collison and Sefolosha both started and they combined for zero points.
Not good enough OKC role players.
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