By Randy Renner
Both head coaches will go with the same starting lineups tonight that they used in Game 3. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich wasn't very happy with his, calling his team's defensive effort "one of the worst we've had in a very long time."
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks changed things up with Reggie Jackson taking over for Thabo Sefolosha and of course he had the opportunity to bring Serge Ibaka back to the fold. That starting five, with Jackson added to the regular mix of Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played at a stunning pace in Game 3, scoring what would have added up to 150 points per 100 possessions.
The Thunder went a little longer than they usually do at shootaround today and Perkins made a point of saying he and his teammates can't afford to be happy about appearing to get things back on track in the series.
“We only won one home game, we still down 2-1, there’s no reason to be happy,” Perkins, the Thunder truth teller, pointed out and then added this little nugget.
“The happy team always lose, so you gotta make sure you come into this game and know that you still down and this is a must win. So you can’t come into this game happy or satisfied.”
The Spurs did not hold shootaround today, preferring instead to concentrate of some film work and getting away from basketball a little bit. As for the hard-nosed Coach Pop? What did he do with his time today?
"Well I read Wine Spectator (Pop's a big wine guy, has his on label in fact) read a little bit of a book, slept, worked out, had breakfast...anything else you wanna know that I might have done?'
Nope, that's good. Thanks Pop.