On Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs with relative ease to even the Western Conference Finals at 2 games apiece. The series resumes back in San Antonio on Thursday night.
Russell Westbrook dropped 40 points on 12 of 24 shooting, including 14 of 14 from the free throw line, and Kevin Durant added 31 of his own points. Westbrook also had 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals while only turning the ball over three times in a staggering 45 minutes of play.
The only positive for the Spurs was that nobody played more than Boris Diaw‘s 30 minutes, and after coach Gregg Popovich identified where this game was headed relatively early, he was able to get his aging troops some much-needed rest in advance of a pivotal Game 5 later in the week. It pretty much all boils down to Game 5, and it’ll be tough for OKC to pull out a road victory against this San Antonio squad.
In Wolves Land, the coaching search lurches on with little to no apparent direction. After the Dave Joerger fiasco, Sam Mitchell has appeared to emerge as the de facto option for no reason other than owner Glen Taylor’s “comfort level” with the former longtime Timberwolf. Unfortunately, it’s nothing that we aren’t used to in the Upper Midwest.
There are allegedly a host of darkhorse/unknown/mystery candidates, according to Darren Wolfson and others. It also sounds as if the sense of urgency to complete the process prior to the draft on June 26 has suddenly disappeared, too. Alas, it’s a bit of a flashback to the David Kahn-led coaching search that ultimately culminated in the hiring of then (and now) Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis.
I don’t think the Wolves will end up with a coach as bad as Rambis, but hey, anything can happen, as we found out late last week and into Memorial Day weekend.