Joe D'Amico's NBA 50 Star Game of the Year
San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City,
05/31/2012 21:00 EDT,
Score: 82 - 102
Point Spread: +4/-106 San Antonio
Today's winner is San Antonio over Oklahoma City. This is my 50 Star Game of the Year.
Since overcoming a 9 point deficit in Game 1, San Antonio has been perfect in this series. The Thunder has no answer for the machine that is known as the offensive unit of the Spurs. Over the last five quarters, San Antonio has shot 58.5%, posting almost 32 points per quarter. Manu Ginobili has been crushing Oklahoma City with consecutive 20 point performances (26 in Game 1 and 20 in Game 2). Game 2 saw five different Spurs score DDs as Duncan and Leonard combined for 22 boards. Post-season experience is as important as talent and athleticism. The nucleus of the Spurs have been together forever and is battle-tested in the months of May and June. Turnovers were an issue for OKC in the opener. In the last matchup, Guards Westbrook and Harden had zero TOs. Despite this, they still lost. Three-time scoring champion, Kevin Durant had 12 points in the first quarter but was held to just 10 shots in the remaining 36 minutes. Outside of the aged Derek Fisher, the Thunder does not have a lot of Playoff experience. I believe that Oklahoma City as well as the ousted Philadelphia squads will be true forces in the upcoming seasons, but the young, untested teams just aren't over the hump yet. The other big edge in this series is depth. San Antonio rotates 10 players and are fresh come crunch time. The Thunder has great talent but are lacking when it comes to their bench. While OKC has won all five of their home Playoff games thus far, they are just 2-3 ATAS. San Antonio has won 20 straight contests, going 16-3-1 against the number. The Spurs are 8-3 ATS their L11 games vs. the Thunder, 5-1 ATS their L6 games played at the Thunder, 7-1 ATS their L8 games vs. teams with a winning percentage of over .600, 9-3 ATS their L12 games played as a road' dog, 15-7 ATS their L22 Conference Finals games, 34-16-2 ATS their L52 games played vs. the West, and 21-4-1 ATS their L26 games played on 1 days rest. The Thunder are 1-5 ATS their L6 games played after allowing 100 or more points the previous game, 1-4-1 ATS their L6 games played following an ATS loss, 1-5 ATS their L6 vs. teams with a winning percentage of over .600, 2-5 ATS their L7 games played at home, 3-11 ATS their L14 vs. the NBA SW, and 2-5-1 ATS their L8 games played on 1 days rest. Take Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan plus the points. Make the play on San Antonio. Thank you.