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San Antonio Spurs to feel the pressure in huge game five

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The momentum of the San Antonio Spurs postseason has dramatically shifted in the past week. Last Wednesday they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 and left on their two-game road trip ahead 2-0. They now return with the series tied and their Finals place now in doubt.

Conventional playoff wisdom would dictate that with both teams winning all their home games, the series hasn't started yet but this is no ordinary playoff series.

The Spurs started off with two games where they demolished the Thunder at home before the tables were completely turned on them on the road. The difference? Serge Ibaka.

When Ibaka was cleared for game three, fresh life was breathed into the Thunder and they have successfully used that to take any momentum the Spurs may have had.

However, just because the Thunder have all the momentum in this series, they have Ibaka, an MJ-like Russell Westbrook and the MVP of the league in Kevin Durant, it doesn't mean that the series is there for the taking.

There has already been one massive swing in this series and there could well be another. However it will provide a massive effort from the Spurs ageing stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

The Spurs' best chance of regaining the lead in the series however, lies with their coach Gregg Popovich. Coach Pop has an edge over Thunder's coach Scott Brooks in a way that perhaps no other coach has at this stage of the playoffs in recent years.

San Antonio's problem is whether their coaching mismatch on the sidelines can fix the athletic mismatch which the Thunder have on the court.

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