Comebacks happen all the time in sport but it will not happen for Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
As we are aware of by now, the Thunder have struggled mightily against the Spurs without their valuable big man Serge Ibaka patrolling the paint.
Although the Thunder have ample time off between game 2 and game three on Sunday they will not find the going any easier in Oklahoma.
Popovich and his big three of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have been in this situation multiple times and won’t let complacency gain any sort of foothold.
They are ruthless when it comes to finishing off teams they are clearly superior to. That’s the reason they finished the regular season with the best record in the league. They notched up 62 wins but were only 5-14 against the other best 6 teams, including a conspicuous 0-4 record against a fully manned Thunder team (minus Russell Westbrook for one game).
Startlingly the Spurs had two sweeps in each of the last two postseasons, (Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Clippers, twice, were the unfortunate victims).
To put that feat into perspective, the champions Miami Heat in the supposedly weaker Eastern Conference only had one last year and none the year before that.
Remember, San Antonio even swept LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 Finals.
It’s just a matter of time – May 27 to be precise - until the Spurs add a fourth team to the ‘sweep’ list.
Only a miraculous return from Ibaka can halt their surge toward another shot at the trophy.