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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs will chase Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

Why wouldn't they? According to Stein's sources, the Spurs are just as "intrigued" as Golden State by the thought of adding KD to the mix. A trio of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Durant would be a frightening sight for opposing teams, but Durant is probably more focused on what he needs to do in Game 3 on Friday vs. San Antonio at the moment.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:35 AM

Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points during a 98-97 Game 2 victory over the Spurs on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

This game had a wild finish with Dion Waiters elbowing Manu Ginobili on an inbound pass. Before that, Westbrook picked up a lot easier buckets with the Thunder scoring 21 points in fast break -- they only had 12 in the 124-92 Game 1 loss. Westbrook didn't have to deal with Kawhi Leonard as much as Game 1, so that was huge for him. Coach Gregg Popovich will probably try to put Kawhi on Westy more in Game 3 on Friday.
May 3 - 12:51 AM

Kevin Durant scored 28 points in 42 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 1 win on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

He was much better in this game even though Kawhi Leonard guarded him more in this game than on Saturday. Durant and Westbrook scored 57 of the 98 points and handed out 14 of the 16 assists in this game. This series is off until Friday, so the Thunder will have some confidence after they were blown out in Game 1.
May 3 - 12:44 AM

Steven Adams scored 12 points with 17 rebounds, one steal and one block in 37 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

The OKC starters didn't fare away against the Spurs during the regular season, but their starting group was terrific in this outing. Adams did only play 25 minutes on Saturday due to garbage time, so it looks like he'll be in the upper 30s per game. He'll be really important in this series to help protect the paint.
May 3 - 12:39 AM

Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

He needs some help on defense because LaMarcus Aldridge is killing him. Ibaka has played well on the offensive side with a 19-point effort on Saturday and has his jumper working. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season, but he's off to a nice start.
May 3 - 12:36 AM

The Thunder will not change their starting lineup on Monday.

There was some talk of a lineup change, but it doesn't look like it'll happen tonight. The Thunder might have to try something different after an ugly Game 1.
May 2 - 9:22 PM

Billy Donovan hinted that he may replace Andre Roberson in the Thunder's starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Spurs.

"Sometimes I think you look at those numbers—and I've seen the analytics, I know them—there's times where you go against specific teams and you look at different teams and it's maybe not that great," he said. It's not currently clear who could take Roberson's role if he's sent to the bench, but Randy Foye, Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow are the candidates.

Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday.
Apr 30 - 10:52 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He was really the only offensive bright spot for the Thunder in this game. On the other hand, Ibaka was roasted perhaps for his worst defensive game all year. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season on the stat sheet, so don't overreact to this terrific outing on paper.
Apr 30 - 10:51 PM

Steven Adams scored nine points with 10 rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He's known for his defense, but OKC was completely destroyed on that end. It's certainly not on Adams because the Thunder had their pick-and-roll defense ruined well beyond the paint in this game. Considering how bad this went for them, maybe coach Billy Donovan shakes things up a bit. For now, Adams looks like the better fantasy option over Enes Kanter. He's more of a tournament play, though.
Apr 30 - 10:51 PM

Enes Kanter scored six points in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't play much in the early going and picked up most of his stats in garbage time. The Thunder had some good success in the non-rest games against the Spurs with Kanter in and Steven Adams out, so that's something to watch. On the whole, this was a slightly discouraging game for Kanter.
Apr 30 - 10:50 PM

Enes Kanter (chest) will play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Saturday.

He took a knee to the chest in Monday's win over Dallas and is dealing with a stinger, but he said he's "all good" for Game 1. Kanter was dominant in the series against Dallas with averages of 15.2 points, 7.0 boards and 0.6 assists in just 20.4 minutes per game, so he will try to carry that momentum over into round two.
Apr 30 - 12:30 PM

Russell Westbrook said he'll always have Kevin Durant's back.

"He's always going to have my back and I'm always going to have his," Westbrook said. Just another wrinkle to throw into the mix of the Durant free agency saga. Durant called owner Mark Cuban an idiot for saying Westbrook isn't a superstar and also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for trying to get in Westbrook's head. The two will kick off arguably the best series of the second round on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio.
Apr 27 - 3:58 PM

Enes Kanter (chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Kanter took a knee to the chest via Justin Anderson during Monday's Game 5 win over the Mavericks, but he was moving around well at practice, and he has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's Game 1 against the Spurs. He should be fine, and we'll have official confirmation on his playing status closer to Saturday's tip.
Apr 27 - 1:46 PM


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