The comeback by the San Antonio Spurs last night was one of the greatest team performances I’ve ever seen. The game will go down as one of the best of all time… and it was only Game 1 in this best of seven series.
To watch a lead slip away like that has to be extremely demoralizing for the Golden State Warriors. It was more than just an opportunity to steal a game on the road, the win was practically giftwrapped for them, and they let it slip away.
If you’re the Warriors, you try to take something positive away from the loss, like the fact that you managed to get a big lead on the road against a team that’s supposed to beat you. Warriors guard Klay Thompson is already looking forward to Game 2.
"The beautiful thing about this is redemption,” Thompson said. “We did have an 18-point lead. We need to take care of the ball and get stops. We can redeem ourselves on Wednesday. I think we are as good if not better than this team. We can get out and run. We just need to do that to them in Wednesday."
I remember writing a post about a year ago about Thompson saying he could be “just as good, if not better, than Manu Ginobili,” right after the Spurs had spanked the Warriors by 21 points. We know Thompson is not short on confidence, and yes he did a solid job at defending Tony Parker in last night's game before fouling out but there’s a fine line between being confident and being stupid that he seems to like to flirt with a lot.
I do agree that the Warriors can find a lot of good things to build on in the fact that they controlled most of the game, but to just flat out say you’re better than a team after they pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of all time seems a little silly.
KT had TP miss 8 uncontested jumpers, hardly a stopper. News from Europe, Hanga put in 28, and a bunch of assists, in losing cause. R Richards scored 33 and 13 boards in a playoff game and 19 in the next coming off a knee injury. For 13 games, and less than 300 min. he leads team in points, rebounds, fgp and avg. 39% for 3's. Looks like Bertrans, Richards, and Hanga may be here for the Summer.
@jojo707 You need to understand that Ryan Richards is playing in BC Zepter Vienna a very very weak league. I've never even heard of that league. That league doesn't even have a WIKIPEDIA page! He's moved from one weak league to another, and has never been able to stay with a team for god knows what reason. It's like the D-League. Someone posting 30 points and 13 rebounds in a D-League game, doesn't mean much because it's such a weak league. Hanga is good news because he plays for Manresa, one of the best spanish leagues in Europe. Obviously his team as a whole sucks, but if he's posting numbers like that in a league like Manresa, that's good to hear. Heck, even Davis Bertans plays in a better league in Partizan, which competes with the Euroleague.
Golden State Losers... A couple if years ago Klay Thompson said "He can be as good if not better than Ginobili" keep talking chump.
The Warriors of GS were great. The trio of Curry, Thompson and Barnes (young Warriors) did the most damage but, we should not take away anything from the Spurs. They showed the poise of a great champion. Being down by 18 and still manage to win is no joke. Ok, Thompson was out but that was part of the game. Are we saying that the GS could have won, if Thompson didn't commit his 6th foul? Hardly. The trio of Manu, TP and TD were great, true champions. The final 3 points of Manu showed experoence under fire. He cooly sunk the 3. I think the Spurs will still sweep the GSW or at the very best 4 - 1. GO SPURS GO!
@rtesoro440 You chose an extremely odd time to finally support the Spurs for once. Spurs definitely wouldn't have won this game had Thompson not fouled out because Parker had no answer for his defense. I'm sure the Spurs will fix that by game 2, but you picked an extremely odd time to finally support them.
@spurs123 @rtesoro440 It is my way of challenging the Spurs. Many of your kind misunderstand snd misinterpret my way of supporting the Spurs. I purposedly didn't support them when they play bad. I spent sleepless nights when they lose because I love them so much. I suggest changes to make them better not to denigrate them. So, who cares for a loser?
Warrior fans should not use Klay fouling out as an excuse. The spurs went on their 4th quarter comeback without Tim Duncan playing either. So, no excuses.
@ajd21 Exactly. They have to remember that It was Duncan's points that kept the team in the first half. Very much like what Thompson did before Curry's 3rd qtr outburst.