PREVIEW: THUNDER VS. SPURS
May 29, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (2-2) AT (1) SAN ANTONIO SPURS (2-2), 9 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The volatile, and now tied, Western Conference Finals shift to Alamo City for a humongous Game 5 Thursday night between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Serge Ibaka returned to the Thunder lineup from a calf injury that was supposed to sideline him for the remainder of the postseason and the results were sparkling. Ibaka helped OKC to victories in Games 3 and 4 and his defense has been a huge reason for the shift in momentum.
With Ibaka back in action, the Thunder have held the Spurs to 40 and 36 points in the paint for the two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Without Ibaka and the series at AT&T Center, San Antonio exploited his absence to the tune of 66 and 54 points in the paint.
But Ibaka's return isn't the only factor in OKC tying the series.