Tim Duncan after Game 6: Thunder ‘got every whistle possible’

Following the Spurs’ regrettable season-ending loss to the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday, Tim Duncan suggested the Thunder benefited from plenty of whistles going their way.

“I thought our effort was there, our execution was there, they just made shots for a stretch there and really got back into it,” Duncan told reporters after the game. “Down the stretch, for a period there, it seemed like they got every whistle possible. That really changed the tides. We were playing tough defense, we were trying to make stops and push it back, and the whistle kept blowing. They kept going to the line and getting free points there. That’s them being aggressive, that’s them continuing to attack, and credit to them.”

The Thunder clawed its way to victory after trailing by 18 in the first half and by 15 at intermission. But were Duncan’s comments his own passive-aggressive way of blaming the officials for letting the Spurs’ lead evaporate?

OKC was fortunate to have a 31-18 free throw advantage go their way in Game 6. Stephen Jackson was also credited with a technical foul after stank-eying the Thunder bench on a made three in the third quarter, during which the Thunder outscored the Spurs 32-18. Sometimes getting to the line can be all it takes to light a spark for some guys. Duncan may have a point. If he’s making “that point.”

But don’t discredit what this stubborn Thunder squad pulled against this supposedly once-mighty Spurs team by saying it merely got some calls its way. OKC got a second-consecutive huge game from its Big Three — Russell Westbrook had 25 points, James Harden added 16 and had some huge shots late and Kevin Durant balled with 34 points and 14 boards in a game of which he played every second. The Thunder were simply more active than the Spurs were in the second half and got hot from deep at the right times. Even Duncan himself acknowledged that.

The Spurs, after starting off blazing hot with a vibrant 63 first-half points, went stagnant in the second half. This was a game of halves, and Duncan and Co. found themselves outscored by a livelier, younger and, frankly, hungrier OKC team, 59-36, in the second half. After scoring 21 points before the break, Tony Parker had just eight after that. And while San Antonio shot 55 percent in the first half, it was only 7-of-32 during Thunder’s explosive third quarter that got OKC — and, just as importantly, its crowd — back into it.

Yeah, the Thunder may have had a lot of calls go its way in the second half. But the Spurs weren’t putting up much of a fight anyway.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It was a game of halves, and the Spurs regressed to normal after starting out so hot. They couldn’t keep up that pace.

  • http://twitter.com/masterBlaestr B

     i stopped watching after 1st quarter… thought manu and parker would demolish okc. timmy was makin shots too

  • Anonymous

    It’s the NBA, Tim…and it’s been that way for several years now.  The league always promotes its “superstars”, and that means that some teams are a little “more equal” than others.
    As much as I admire the Spurs, y’all are a rather dull team to watch.  A good one, certainly…and you play very solidly with outstanding fundamentals.  But that’s rather boring sometimes, I’m afraid.  And the Thunder are an up-tempo team with a young superstar whom everybody wants to see. 

  • Anonymous

    Biitch move by Duncan. We all know that the homecourt team gets the benefit of the whistle. Duncan’s Spurs got those whistles in Texas and still loss. I thought Da Big Fundamental was more of a stand up guy than that.

  • Kendall Clements

    Tim Duncan rarely if ever says anything or does anything negative. Not sure if he just got caught up in an emotional moment or is actually correct. Statistics may back him up. Need to watch the game again.
    Not real sure it was a “Biitch” move by Duncan. I think the rest of the world with an education would call it sour grapes. I guess I am not as “street” as Southcidal. Show some respect to the guy. He has earned it.
    OKC is a stud team with a great future ahead including this year’s NBA championship. Congrats on beating the best team in basketball to prove that you are the new kings. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37520661 Sheldon Scurlock

     Thank you… the other guy trying to make it seem if Duncan complains all the time… there were some dubious calls

  • Anonymous

    If you think the Spurs are boring to watch then you clearly didn’t watch them this season. Every sports writer in America agrees with me.

  • Anonymous

    Kendall aren’t you taking this a little too seriously? The “biitch” word was just merely poking fun at Tim. I had never seen him respond that way. And you respond with insults towards me as if you’re on the roster (don’t remember seeing your name listed).  “The rest of the world with an education” wouldn’t be so sensitive. Just how long did you cry after the game? Oh, only Tim’s move was biitchy, you’re a complete biitch!!