Spurs Practice Facility- Today the San Antonio Spurs held practice at their practice facility in preparation for game 3 on Sunday up in Oklahoma City. However, breaking news out of OKC’s camp overshadowed the practice.
The Thunder announced in a press release this morning that Serge Ibaka’s status had been upgraded from out for the rest of the post season to day-to-day. Sam Presti, Executive Vice president and General Manager for the Thunder, said that Ibaka was listed as day-to-day “with the understanding that there is a possibility for him to play in this series.”
Surprised? No. Neither were the Spurs.
“I’m shocked. So surprised. Like I told you, we know Sammy, and we knew he (Ibaka) would be back,” Coach Gregg Popovich sarcastically said to the media after practice.
Danny Green also played the sarcastic card with the media.
“Big surprise for us. We prepared if he had played game 1. Day to day means he’ll probably be back. We just have to focus on the little things,” Green said.
However, with the possible addition of Ibaka to OKC’s lineup, the Spurs admit that it really doesn’t change their preparation at all.
“We’re just trying to get to four games. If it takes 6 or 7…who cares? We’ll be ready,” Tim Duncan said to the media.
Aside from the OKC news, another big story out of today’s interviews was the cross court pass from Manu Ginobili to Green for a three pointer.
“I know when it’s coming, I just don’t know how. It could be a bounce, curve ball…you got to make sure you have your hands ready. It’s a look he gives you. I saw the look, locked and loaded,” Green said about the pass from Ginobili.
To Ginobili, the cross court pass means something different than just a crazy play.
“I think it means a lot for us. We don’t have a (Kevin) Durant or a Kobe (Bryant). We need to pass the ball to open teammates. I’m proud when we have 25 assists, we’re much better,” Ginobili said.
Game 3 is scheduled to tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Central Time on Sunday. Be sure to watch to see if Ibaka will be on the court for OKC and if the Spurs can take a 3-0 lead in the series.