Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/5/12

That 20-game winning streak covering seven weeks is but a distant memory. The Spurs have lost three straight to the Thunder and face the closeout game on the road Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

San Antonio cruised through the regular season and the first 10 games of the playoffs, showcasing its depth and versatility. In Monday night's 108-103 loss at home, the Spurs were reduced to relying on Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for much of the game before a late surge by Tim Duncan.

That wasn't enough to get it done against a Thunder team that keeps coming in waves. Not that the Spurs are conceding defeat.

"The confidence level stays high," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We're one of four teams out of 30. We're here for a reason, and I'll be on them, and I'm very sure they'll come out ready to go. You know, championship teams win on the road, and Oklahoma City just did that. So they've proven they're a championship caliber team.

"We have to go do that. If we can't win on Wednesday, we're not a championship caliber team. It's as simple as that. You look at anybody who's won championships, and they've won on the road as the process goes along. It's what you do. And they just did it. So we need to do the same thing to hold serve."

Duncan believes the recipe for winning in Oklahoma City was on display in Game 5.

"I think we really played well for stretches," he said. "I think we did a good job on those guys. We made them move the ball. They had some guys hit some big shots for them.

"(James Harden's) 3 when they are up two is a huge one for them. Kevin (Durant) hit some unbelievable ones that were just great shots. I think we have the right game plan. We just need to play a little better for a little longer."

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Bilas: NCAA offered committee spot to silence him

Jarvis Landry stands by prediction that Dolphins will beat Patriots twice

Dak Prescott: No finger-pointing on Cowboys offense

CFL commissioner explains why he blocked team from signing Johnny Manziel

Everson Griffen asks for help naming son after sack

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Manny Pacquiao trying to bait Conor McGregor into fighting him

Watch Chargers punter Drew Kaser somehow miss kicking net on practice attempt

Marvin Jones makes amazing catch in between Vikings defenders

Report: Chip Kelly could make decision by Sunday

Lane Kiffin reportedly would be open to Tennessee return

Jay Cutler reportedly throws passes in practice

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

Biggest sports turkeys of 2017

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker