DAVID FLORES: Spurs will start West finals against OKC on Monday

The Spurs have their playoff rematch against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Silver and Black will play the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at 8 p.m. Monday at the AT&T Center.
The series will be a rematch of the 2012 West finals, which OKC won in six games. The Spurs took the first two games in San Antonio to extend their winning streak to 20 games, but the Thunder won four straight to earn a spot in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
Game 2of the Spurs-Thunder series is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at the AT&T Center.
The series is starting in San Antonio because the Spurs have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, by virtue of finishing a league-best 62-20 this season. OKC finished the regular season 59-23 and advanced to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the West.
The Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-98 Thursday night to clinch their semifinal series in six games. League MVP Kevin Durant paced OKC with 39 points and Brian Westbrook finished with 19 points and 12 assists, but he made only 4 of 15 shots and had five turnovers.
OKC is 10-2 against the Spurs in their last 12 meetings, including 4-0 this season.
After winning their last 10 games of the 2011-12 regular season, the Spurs went 10-0 in the playoffsbeforethey lost to the Thunder by 20 points in Game 3 of the conference finals.
The Silver and Black advanced to the conference finals for the third year in a row with a 104-82 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, ending the series in five games.

Parker was scoreless in Game 5 against Blazers

Even with Tony Parker sidelined for most of the last three quarters with a hamstring injury, the Spurs were highly efficient on offense and held the Blazers to 40.7 percent shooting.
Parker sustained a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring and has been listed as day-to-day by the Spurs after having an MRI done on Thursday.A Grade 1 strain is the least severe of strains.
A Clippers win against the Thunder on Thursday night would have given Parker two more days of rest, but he said he would be ready for Game 1 of the conference finals regardless of when they started.
Parker played most of the first quarter in Game 5 against Portland, but went to the sideline one minute into the second period after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. He went to the training room and did not return to the game.
Parker went scoreless and had two rebounds in 10 minutes after averaging 23.5 points in the first four games, but the Spurs closed ranks and gradually pulled away from the Blazers. Patty Mills, Parker's backup, nailed 8 of 17 shots and finished with 18 points.
Patty Mills has been a significant part of our success all year long, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Tonight was really no different than what he has done for us all year. He has been magnificent.
Spurs are 5-7 in conference finals series
Down 3-0 in the conference semifinals, Portland avoided a sweep with a 103-92 victory in Game 4 on Monday. The Spurs made it clear they were determined to end the series in five games and avoid having to return to Portland for Game 6.
It's great, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. We really needed this win for multiple reasons. First, because we didn't want to get on the plane tomorrow. It's tough to play every other day so far against a younger team after a four-hour flight.
Then, every time you have an opportunity to close a series, especially at home, you want to take it. Then we saw Tony go down, so now we have a little break to get him back.
The Spurs are in the conference finals for the 13th time, but never had advanced to that round of the playoffs three consecutive years.
They swept Memphis in the conference finals last year and lost to the Miami Heat in the Finals. Up 3-2 in the series, the Silver and Black had a five-point lead with 28 seconds left in Game 6, but lost in overtime. The Heat won Game 7 two nights later.
The Spurs are 5-7 in their 12 previous appearances in the conference finals, but are 5-3 during the Gregg Popovich-Tim Duncan era. The Silver and Black are making their ninth appearance in the conference finals since the 1998-99 season, the most among NBA teams during that span.
Anchored by Duncan and David Robinson, the Spurs won their first of four NBA championships in 1999. They also won titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Western Conference finals
Game 1: Thunder at Spurs, Monday, 8 p.m.
Game 2: Thunder at Spurs, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Spurs at Thunder, Sunday, May 25,7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Spurs at Thunder, Tuesday, May 27,8p.m.
Game 5, if necessary: Thunder at Spurs, Thursday, May 29, 8 p.m.
Game 6, if necessary: Spurs at Thunder, Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Game 7, if necessary: Thunder at Spurs, Monday, June 2, 8 p.m.


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