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Thunder vs. Spurs open thread: Why is Oklahoma City saying anything about San Antonio?

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The Thunder will face the Spurs tonight at 6:30 p.m. PST with the series tied at one game apiece.

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I don't know about you, but if I was a professional basketball player facing the San Antonio Spurs, I probably wouldn't talk trash or really say anything about them that might give them motivation to quietly shut me up.

Apparently, some members of the Oklahoma City Thunder think differently about the matter.

On Wednesday, it was Dion Waiters talking about the Spurs' strategy. Today, it was Andre Roberson saying that he "got the better of" Kawhi Leonard in Game 2.

"Game 2, I got a better feel for him, and kind of asserted my will on him," said Roberson, a San Antonio Wagner graduate.

I mean, it's nice to build confidence from successes...but why should anyone try to prod the Spurs like that?

Tonight's game is pretty big in that the Thunder can take an advantage in the series while maintaining home court advantage or the Spurs can steal it back before the Thunder grows fond of it, but I can't help but think the Spurs would quietly take a little extra satisfaction from getting a win in the face of these comments.

And remember, tomorrow we're co-hosting a watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings in San Ramon for the Golden State Warriors' Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers.