With a 104-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder advanced to the Western Conference Finals, by eliminating the Clippers 4-2 in six games. With the Thunder advancing, they’ll face the San Antonio Spurs, who clinched their berth Wednesday after eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers in a 4-1 series.
Two years ago, the Thunder defeated the Spurs 4-2 in the conference finals. Now, that rematch has been set. Here is the schedule of the games provided by the Spurs.
Western Conference Finals Schedule
|Game 1||Monday, May 19||Spurs vs. Thunder||8 PM||TNT|
|Game 2||Wednesday, May 21||Spurs vs. Thunder||8 PM||TNT|
|Game 3||Sunday, May 25||Spurs at Thunder||7:30 PM||TNT|
|Game 4||Tuesday, May 27||Spurs at Thunder||8 PM||TNT|
|Game 5*||Thursday, May 29||Spurs vs. Thunder||8 PM||TNT|
|Game 6*||Saturday, May 31||Spurs at Thunder||7:30 PM||TNT|
|Game 7*||Monday, June 2||Spurs vs. Thunder||8 PM||TNT|
– All Times Central
Will Parker, Ibaka be 100% by Game 1?
The health status of Spurs guard Tony Parker and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will be interesting come Monday when the teams tip-off in game one, as Parker left game five against the Blazers Wednesday with a Grade 1 Left hamstring strain, as his status is currently day-to-day.
Ibaka also left the Thunder game Thursday in the second half with a leg injury, and he was ruled out to not return in the game.
Charles Barkley’s coming to San Antonio
TNT will be hosting the Western Conference Finals, which means the Inside the NBA crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquielle O’Neal, and the infamous Charles Barkley will be in attendance at the AT&T Center for all games played in San Antonio.
Barkley has sparked controversy with some fans from San Antonio due to his past and recent remarks of the physical appearance of some of its female citizens, and by labeling the famous River Walk, a “creek.”