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The Oklahoma City Thunder on LaMarcus Aldridge: "One man can't beat us"

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LaMarcus Aldridge has been a one-man wrecking crew for the San Antonio Spurs in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

The Thunder have had no answer for the big man who has put on a show on the offensive end in games one and two. 

The former Portland Trail Blazer has scored 79 points on 33-44 shooting from the field in the two encounters with OKC at the AT&T Center.

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Despite his 41 points in game two, however, the Thunder came away with a 98-97 win to even the series which shifts to Oklahoma City on Saturday. 

You would think that Aldridge's numbers will have been a cause for concern for Billy Donovan and his team, forcing them to look at making adjustments to slow him down for the next game.

With Aldridge rolling, and several of his teammates including Kawhi Leonard going cold, the Spurs continued to give the ball in the post to their All-Star and he kept scoring. But this disrupted their offence completely and the Thunder saw that as a sign of encouragement.

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder

"One man can't beat you," Dion Waiters said after practice on Thursday. "We're fine with that. If they want to continue to get out of their offence and throw the ball down there to him, we're fine with that. One man can't beat you.

"We've just got to make adjustments, and make it tough for him. He's a great player in this league, an All-Star, he's playing tremendous right now, but we're fine with one guy trying to beat us." 

It's clear that the Thunder are happy for Aldridge to get his points if that means the other Spurs players don't get going because Gregg Popovich's men are at their best when the ball is moving and everybody is involved offensively. 

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So for that reason, Donovan will not go out of his way to throw double-teams at the Spurs man and is prepared to live with the shots that he makes.

"I think there are times when Serge [Ibaka] and Steven [Adams] have done a good job and he's made tough shots. I think you have to credit him for hitting tough shots," Donovan said.

"I think if we can do a good job and make him take some tough shots sometimes you just have to give the other guy credit and maybe bring some help. But at the same time if you start running down there and start trapping, it opens up 3-point shots, it opens up close outs, it opens open drives, a lot of different things. we've done a good job but he's done a terrific job of putting the ball in the basket."

Per CBS Sports, since 2009, only two Spurs players have scored 40 points or more in a playoff game: Aldridge in Game two and Tony Parker in 2009. The Spurs are 0-2 in such games, which shows why it happens so rarely.

After giving up home court advantage and enduring a tough night offensively, Popovich will certainly have a plan in place to give the Texas-based franchise a chance to win at least a game on the road. 

The eagerly anticipated Game three will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday.

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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