Spurs-Thunder Game 3 Preview

Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs will take place tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, with tip-off scheduled for 8:30PM EST.


Watch on TV: TNT (check local listings for channel information)

Watch online: Watch TNT, Primo High-Definition Stream, List of Wiziwig.tv streams


Latest on the Thunder/What They’re Saying:

Ibaka could play Game 3 (Yahoo! Sports)

Why a lineup change might be in order for the Thunder in Game 3 (NewsOK.com)

How long can Kevin Durant keep the Thunder afloat? (Bleacher Report)

Latest on the Spurs/What They’re Saying:

Parker expects to be close to full strength for Game 3 (My San Antonio)

Mark Cuban ready for Tim Duncan to win 5th ring, then retire (Bleacher Report)

Spurs fans react to news of possible Serge Ibaka return (Project Spurs)


The Rundown:

With Serge Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot blocker, the Oklahoma City Thunder have one of the best defensive units in the entire NBA.

Without him? If Games 1 & 2 of this series are any indication, the Thunder don't even want to think about that possibility anymore for the remainder of these playoffs.

Ibaka is closing in on a potential return from a calf injury, a lineup spark which could help a flagging Thunder team get back on the level. The Thunder have given up 234 points in two games with the Spurs so far, with more than half of those points (120) coming in the paint.

Having Ibaka's presence back in the key, however limited he may be, could be just what the team needs to turn away the easy buckets the Spurs have lived off of so far in this series.

On the Spurs' side of things, Tony Parker expects to be as close to full strength as he can be during the grind of these playoffs. The Spurs are looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this series through the same ball movement and balanced scoring which has led them to seven wins in their past eight games.


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