After a humiliating 35-point Game 2 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals that saw them fall down 2-0 in the series, the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to finish out the series in a manner that will help the Spurs prepare for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
“Sometimes you have to know when you’re defeated and we are,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “The Spurs are a much better team. Now it’s all about coming together as a conference and helping the West get the NBA title back. We’re happy to help.”
The idea to serve as a scout team for the Spurs in Games 3 and 4 was actually the idea of Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, not San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
“He shook my hand after the game, said he knew they were finished and asked me if I was open to the idea. I said ‘sure,’” said Popovich. “But now I’m having second thoughs. The Heat are a much better-coached team than OKC. I expect some of the things they’ll run now will make them more effective. We could actually lose a game. I hope I didn’t get outmaneuvered here by Scott Brooks. That would be really embarrassing.”
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook said he hates the plan.
“I’m not doing it,” he angrily ranted at his locker room after the loss. “No way. Their point guard shoots, what — five, six times a game? I’ll quit before I play like that.”
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