"In this case, the pupil surpassed the teacher".
Yes, and as he states, it was a blown opportunity. Nowhere does he say "The Window Has Closed". Those are the reporter's words.
By game 3, the Thunder had not only figured out themselves but they figured out last year's Spurs. The Thunder will be more difficult to beat this year than they were last year.
The big question becomes: Will the Spurs be more difficult to beat this year than they were last year? Let's see if Pop has designs on making that so.