After losing Serge Ibaka for the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder seemed out of sorts in their game one loss to the San Antonio Spurs with out “Air Congo.”
The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field, the highest shooting percentage against the Thunder since the team moved to Oklahoma City.
Ibaka’s impact in the paint was evident, without the four-time league leader in blocks able to play OKC gave up 66 points in the paint.
Scott Brooks’ squad was able to take the lead in the third quarter, but struggled in the final quarter.
Thunder all-stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to shoot 1-6 from the field in the final period.
The remaining starters didn’t put up much production either, going scoreless in the second half.
The Thunder is 3-2 all-time after game one losses in the playoffs.
San Antonio improved to 7-1 at home during the playoffs this postseason.
Game two tips off at 8:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 21, inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio.