After getting blown out and buried by the media following Game 1, the Oklahoma City Thunder completed their series comeback against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in convincing fashion.
That means the Golden State Warriors won’t get as long a break as some were hoping.
The training staff especially should mourn the lost time as they make sure three of the Dubs’ best players are ready to stop a healthy and grooving Thunder team.
“I think obviously with myself going down, not going down, but kind of tweaking my ankle and a few other things going on, and Steph [Curry’s] knee and [Andrew] Bogut going down, the physical [recharge] is definitely big for us right now,” Draymond Green said on Wednesday after the Warriors closed out the Portland Trail Blazers.
Golden State’s degree of difficulty now ratchets up considerably as the Thunder look to have found their winning rotation and are fully healthy in the postseason for the first time in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s prime.
Westbrook has been scorching hot lately, and once again the defensive onus will likely fall on Klay Thompson to stop the opponent’s best player.
This series will go seven while LeBron James and the Cavaliers continue to cruise through the East.
Giants shuffle pitchers
After starting his season in Sacramento, the Giants’ Clayton Blackburn was called up to the big leagues early Thursday.
Blackburn is expected to work out of the bullpen, which was depleted after a marathon matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Jarrett Parker was sent down in a corresponding move.
Meanwhile, Tim Lincecum remains a free agent.
According to a report by FOX Sports, three teams are interested in adding the former Cy Young winner: The Angels, White Sox and Giants.
Only question left: When will Lincecum and the Giants stop flirting and get to dancing?