Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has spent most of the 11 years Tony Parker has been with the team beseeching him to leverage his speed and aggression.

The key for Parker in the Spurs' 101-98 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference finals matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder was to slow down just a tad.

Parker shouldered the blame for the Spurs' 14 first-half turnovers — just four shy of their playoff high in the first eight postseason games — saying he tried to do too much too quickly.

"It started with me," he said. "I didn't make good decisions; a little bit in a hurry. That comes with not playing for a week.

"I was a little bit going too fast, getting in trouble. I take responsibility for that."