Spurs vs. Thunder: Game 6 TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 5, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 04:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates late in the game after hit a free throw against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on June 4, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have beaten the San Antonio Spurs three times in the past five days to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

That's a cause for concern for the Spurs, considering the fact that they just went over 50 days without losing a single game during their 20-game winning streak.

Game 5 wasn't pretty, but it was a huge win on the road for the Thunder. Despite a late charge by the Spurs, James Harden put that fire out with as clutch of a late-game three-pointer as you will see in the NBA playoffs.

Gregg Popovich inserted Manu Ginobili into the starting lineup, but even his 34 points weren't enough to stop the Thunder from inching just a win away from a trip to the NBA Finals.

Can the Spurs get things straightened out and come away with a win on the road to send the series back to San Antonio for a seventh and deciding game?

Or are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Harden on a roll that even a great Spurs team can't stop?

Here's a look at everything you need to know about this pivotal Western Conference Finals matchup.


When: Wednesday, June 6 at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Watch: TNT

Live Stream: TNT.com

Betting Line: Oklahoma City (-5) via LinesMaker.com


Spurs Key Injuries (via CBS Sports)

No key injuries reported.


Thunder Key Injuries (via CBS Sports)

No key injuries reported.


What They're Saying

What's wrong with the Spurs? There are quite a few things right now, but ESPN's J.A. Adande says that if you are going to throw out some blame, then you can blame point guard Tony Parker:

If the San Antonio Spurs don't look like the same powerhouse that won 20 consecutive games it's because they don't have the same Tony Parker who drove the streak. It's dangerous to reduce a group -- especially one as team-oriented a squad as the Spurs -- to an individual, but a successful team is a group of individuals playing well. And the Spurs' most important individual, their MVP of the regular season, isn't getting it done.

Parker is letting his teammates down, putting his coach in a bind and backing the Spurs up to the brink of elimination after the Oklahoma City Thunder won Game 5, 108-103.

As far as the Thunder go, ESPN's Marc Stein takes a look at a team that has learned to overcome adversity.

After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in five games a year ago in the same spot and blowing a Game 1 lead this season to the Spurs and ultimately falling behind 2-0 in the series, Durant and company could have folded, but we've seen this team grow up before our eyes the last three years.

Stein wrote that the maturation process continues for the Thunder:

Yet there were so many chances to splinter along the way. So many disappointments after OKC blew all of a 14-point lead, built it all the way back up to 13 in the fourth with the wheezing hosts spent by their comeback and then watched Westbrook (who still happened to muster 23 points and 12 assists) commit dreadful turnovers on three straight possessions late, indefensibly forgetting the over-and-back rules on the third of those TOs. The Thunder also gave Ginobili the gift of a potential game-tying 3 in the game's final seconds when Durant, with a timeout available, allowed himself to get trapped in the corner on the sort of inbounds play on which that should never happen, leading to another potentially crushing turnover.

Amazingly they survived it all. Fortune obviously plays a part after that many gaffes, but it's also clear that the Thunder have learned how to rebound and cope and grow on the fly -- after coming home with a 2-0 deficit -- as well as any on-the-rise crew has ever done it. Adversity, to use Collison's word, no longer leads to automatic panic like it once did. So hungry and emboldened by all they've achieved in this playoff run, having lost only one game in eliminating the Mavericks and Lakers, Durant's Thunder hang in now when things go wrong. Even against the very best.


Most Important Player to Watch: Serge Ibaka

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 02:  Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 2, 2012
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The Thunder's Big Three are going to score and impact the game, but if Ibaka is putting up big numbers as well, then Oklahoma City will close this series out in Game 6,

After scoring a combined 13 points in the first two games, Ibaka exploded to score 49 points during the next three games, on 20-of-26 shooting.

In addition, Ibaka is averaging 6.0 rebounds and blocking 2.8 shots per game in the series.

I always say that getting stops in the playoffs is more important than making shots, and the Spurs aren't getting consistent stops right now. They can start by trying to take Ibaka out of the game.


Key Matchup: Tony Parker vs. Russell Westbrook

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 29:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs drives ahead of Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas
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Whichever point guard plays better could determine whether or not we see a Game 7.

Since Scott Brooks started using Thabo Sefolosha on Parker, it has been a struggle for the Spurs' point guard.

He's turned the ball over 11 times during the past three games (five in Game 5) and has shot the ball poorly, making only 10-of-29 shot attempts over the past two games. Parker has been unable to adjust to the length of Sefolosha or the attention the Thunder's frontline has paid him when he comes off screens.

Speaking of adjusting, Westbrook has done exactly that.

Westbrook wasn't having success getting to the hoop against the Spurs, so he started looking for his teammates instead, recording 12 assists in Game 5.

Sure, he was only 9-of-24 shooting and committed six turnovers, but when he has 12 assists, the Thunder win.

On the other hand, Parker has had only four assists in each of the past three games.

It could come down to the ability of Parker to step up his game and whether or not Westbrook can avoid the boneheaded play that can cripple the Thunder.

I like the roll Westbrook and the Thunder are on, especially at home.



Thunder 108, Spurs 104