May 31, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 102-82. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder Preview

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder

 (Spurs Lead Series 2-1)

Since it’s game four, I’m going to throw out four questions for tonight’s game, then in the recap later on, I’ll give out the answers we got.  A bit of a different way of previewing the game, and hopefully you’ll enjoy this way. I’ll give out my answers for now and see how correct I was.

1.  How will the Spurs respond to their first loss in 7 weeks?

In this game, I can see the Spurs coming out of the gates and putting the points to the Thunder.  I think they will want to take out the home crowd from the start.  I would look for Tim Duncan to establish himself.  Tony Parker should come out firing and have a better game.

2.  Can Oklahoma City continue their defensive intensity from game three?

The Thunder will have to stop the Spurs from moving as freely as they did in the first two games.  They were able to get some steals and some blocks that needs to happen even more tonight.  Really put the brakes on that smooth operating Spurs offense.

3.  Who steps up for the Spurs in game four?

This seems like an easy one to me in that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan step it up for the Spurs to win this game.

4.  Who steps up for the Thunder in game four?

Another easy one here as I expect Kevin Durant to have his typical 30some point game.

Bonus question: Who wins this game and how did they do it?

I think the Thunder come out strong, and can get their crowd going. I believe they have some confidence from the beat down they gave the Spurs.  But at the same time, I think the Spurs have had a day to think about their first loss in so many games, and will be hungry to avenge it.  They could get out and running quickly to put the Thunder away as soon as they can. But in the end, I am picking the Thunder to advance, so I can see the Thunder winning by 5-7 points and tying this series up.

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