The degree to which Tony Parker is dominating for the San Antonio Spurs against the Oklahoma City Thunder is simply stunning. He has 17 points on 8-11 shooting to go along with five assists, and incredibly, that line isn't completely indicative of how good he's been. San Antonio's passing game and movement has been the story so far, and it's all been facilitated by Parker.
Oklahoma City is trailing by double digits, and they're lucky to be within 11 points. San Antonio leads 55-44 at halftime, but they've been in control of the entire game to a more impressive degree than the score makes it sound. Kevin Durant and James Harden are both scoring in an efficient manner, and they're keeping things from getting out of hand.
Durant and Harden have both been extremely effective, with 14 points each. Westbrook has been a bit less effective offensively with eight points on 3-8 shooting, but that line might be acceptable if his play was passable on the other end. Instead, it's been anything but. Taking nothing away from Parker, who has been brilliant, but Westbrook hasn't done anything on the defensive end to hinder him. His defense, especially on screens, has been abysmal.
Scott Brooks also didn't do his team any favors in the second quarter. Derek Fisher has inexplicably played eight minutes in this game, and the Thunder looked bad for the four minutes that Daequan Cook was on the floor. To the surprise of no one, the Thunder's defense suffered when all of Fisher, Cook and Harden were on the floor. Scott Brooks, ladies and gentlemen.
The highlight of the half came at the very end, when Tim Duncan threw down a nasty jam in the face of Serge Ibaka. Duncan hasn't been great offensively -- he's shooting just 2-7 from the floor -- but one of his two buckets was spectacular enough to leave the impression that he had a great half on the offensive end of the floor.
If Oklahoma City is going to get back into this game, they need to do basically everything better. Westbrook needs to do more on both ends, they need to do something to keep Parker from dominating, they need to pass the ball better, and Brooks needs to put down the crazy pills. It'll take some serious work early in the third quarter to keep this game from getting out of hand. The good news for OKC is that Harden and Durant are hot enough to keep their team in the game.
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