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Yet youth hasn’t been served when these teams have played. The Spurs are 8-2 against the Thunder since 2009, including two wins this season despite Ginobili not playing because of injury. The Spurs were the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team this season at 39.3 percent, but they especially picked apart the Thunder from behind the arc, shooting 52 percent in their three most recent meetings.
Durant this week brushed off the Thunder’s troubles defending San Antonio’s slash-and-kickouts that set up so many of those 3-point looks. He also grew noticeably annoyed by questions about how the Thunder will stop the Spurs _ “You’ve got to ask me about how we’re going to come at them,” Durant shot back _ and was asked before boarding a plane to San Antonio on Saturday whether they’re leaving as underdogs.
“Everybody’s always been using that, `We’re too young for this and it’s not our time, we’re not ready,’” Durant said.
The Thunder say they are.
“Our success is just not overnight. It just doesn’t happen,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “It happens through all of the effort that guys put in. This series is going to be the same thing.”
AP Sports Writer Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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