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Tony Parker and Tim Duncan need to step their game up

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The San Antonio Spurs are looking like a team just has absolutely no idea how to counter anything that the Oklahoma City Thunder are throwing at them right now. The Spurs should be confident with home court advantage in the Conference Finals but the momentum is so against them in the series right now a 4-2 OKC win doesn't look like too much of a shock.

Ever since Serge Ibaka returned for the Thunder, San Antonio look completely lost. Like their whole playbook has just made completely irrelevant by the early return of one power forward. 

In the last two games, admittedly both of them were in home matches Oklahoma, the Thunder absolutely ran ragged on the number one team in the regular season. Playing with such dominance than Gregg Popovich effectively conceded the games in the end of the 3rd quarter by pulling his senior players.

And it's those senior players that need to step to the fore and fight the Spurs out of this funk. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have been disgustingly absent during the two losses. And they are exactly the players who you would be hoping to lead the team. Manu Ginobili has done his best but the Argentine can only do so much. He needs his incredibly experienced teammates to share the load.

And it really isn't a surprise that the cameras picked up a scene of Coach Pop screaming at Duncan. For a player that has been a star in the league for so long he isn't acting like it. The power forward should be demanding the ball and orchestrating the team in their struggles.

The same is even bigger for Parker. As the point guard of the team and a 3-time Championship winner the ball is in his hands more than anyone. The Frenchman should be dictating play and he just isn't.

There is no pro-action to the Spurs right now, just reaction. And it's all too slow.

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Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
NBA

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