The Spurs coasted in Game 1 before dominating Game 2 with a 112-77 win, and then Oklahoma City got both games back at home to tie the series—and both were with Serge Ibaka back from injury. Ibaka has proven to ignite the Thunder's defense, and he'll play Thursday to test if he or home court is more valuable in this series. Something has to give.
Ibaka has averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his two games since returning from a calf strain. His presence has not been lost on San Antonio, which averaged 116 points in the series' first two games and 94.5 in the two games since Ibaka's return.
Game 5 tips off Thursday on TNT at 9 p.m. ET.
Game time: 9 p.m. ET
Radio: ESPN Radio (Sirius XM 84)