Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Thunder stagger home

Down 0-2 to San Antonio, they are clinging to 2012 for signs of hope.

All the Oklahoma City Thunder can do now is cling to history.

Two more victories by the dominant San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, and Kevin Durant and the Thunder will be just that.

The Thunder return home down two games to none in the series, smarting from a 35-point beat-down in San Antonio in Game 2 on Wednesday night. It's the same deficit the Thunder faced against the Spurs in the 2012 Western Conference finals before they won four straight and advanced to the NBA Finals.

"We've been there before," Durant said after managing just 15 points in the 112-77 defeat. "You know, we try not to just say since we were down 0-2 two years ago and we end up winning, we'll do the same thing. We've really got to figure it out on how we need to get better, and we've always done that. We've got to just stick together and believe in each other that we can come out and try to get Game 3 on Sunday."

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Surgery for Nets guard

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams will have surgery next week on both ankles, which have plagued him the last two seasons.

The Nets say the surgery will take place Tuesday and be performed by team foot and ankle specialist Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley said Thursday in a statement that Williams will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and spurs will be removed from the front and back of the left ankle.

George has concussion

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Paul George is feeling better after suffering a concussion.

It is still uncertain whether he will be ready to play Saturday night at Miami when the Eastern Conference finals resume with the series tied one game apiece.

- Associated Press

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