Thanks to a slap from Victor Oladipo, the Spurs were without the services of their MVP candidate, Kawhi Leonard, for much of the 2nd half on Thursday.
“He got hit in the mouth, or in the cheek, or in the head or something,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I’m not sure which. So the trainer thought he should sit.”
The Klaw did have 19 points in 26 minutes of action but since he missed 9 of his 15 shots and his team was down by seven when the injury occurred, Coach Pop didn’t want to hear any excuses about the Spurs having their 10-game win streak snapped by the Thunder.
“They beat us anyway,” he said. “If Kawhi would have played in the fourth, if they would have continued to do what they were doing and we continued to do what we were doing, they would have won anyway. We never make excuses. We got our butts kicked.”
Much of that butt kicking came from Russell Westbrook, who racked up 23/13/13 and tied Wilt Chamberlain for 2nd most triple-doubles (31) in a single season.