The San Antonio Spurs lost Game 2 to the Golden State Warriors last night in San Antonio as the series (1-1) shifts to Oakland for Game 3. The Warriors not only stole homecourt advantage, they also snapped a 30-game losing streak in San Antonio and look confident heading back home.
One can point to numerous reasons why San Antonio dropped Game 2 from allowing themselves to have to climb out of another double-digit deficit (16 points), no answer to stop Klay Thompson (34 points) and Stephen Curry (22 points) to poor performances from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
But as the scene shifts to Oakland, are Spurs fans concerned about the series and San Antonio's chances to advance? Apparently feelings are split.
After the game, I asked fans on Twitter their feelings about the series. Here is what some fans are feeling after the Game 2 loss.
@sa2ny2004 yes, but more at our lack of shooting. We've seen their best shots I feel like,but we had so many blown opportunities in that 4th— NDEddieMac (@NDEddieMac) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 Very...We have 2 unanswerable problems named Curry and Thompson.— Darren The Merchant (@djohn90) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 yep. And I lost my voice from tonight's game.— Kat (@ANuttyBrunette) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 You live by the jumper, you will die by the jumper. No concern at all.— Xavier Martinez (@MartineivaX) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 I'm just curious to see how the Spurs respond on the road in that environment and whether they will continue to shoot poorly.— Nellie (@SpursNerd) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 kinda. It's not the % of shoot that concern me, it's the way spurs play. Kinda reflect the okc series last year.— Iksan (@iksanity) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 not exactly, we haven't played our best. Missing open shots doesn't help. But I like losing now, rather than later.— Gaby (@gabbaayy16) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 There are real concerns on both ends of the floor, but I'm gonna wait for game 3.— N (@nikkiyea) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 not all.. GS gave everything. Now its the Spurs turn!— Paul (@Kungfuwillie) May 9, 2013
@sa2ny2004 what kills me is that they can't make a shot to save their lives at times, and everything seems forced.— Richard Galvan (@cliffordsound) May 9, 2013
And of course our very own Humberto "Humbie" Cervera weighed in and after two games, feels the Warriors will upset the Spurs.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? As you can see your fellow fans are split. Where do you stand after two games?
@JeffProjectSpurs We can stop them, the problem is Tony unfortunately on both ends of the floor. When everyone says "Spurs have matchup problems," it's code for TP can't guard anyone in this series. He is too small to bother Thompson and gets abused by Barnes in the post. Kawhi has proven he can defend Curry extremely well, and Danny Green would defend Thompson better A) if we got back in transition as a team B) didn't have to help in the post against scrubs like Landry, Ezeli, or Bogut (he has a terrible lost post game).
Offensively as well it's been same song, different verse for Tony. He cannot get it done versus longer and quicker defenders. Thompson is shutting him down completely and his absence was the only reason we won game 1. This is the main problem to me because we have such a TP-centric offense now that when Tony cannot penetrate, it destroys our rhythm. We end up looking like the 2005 Spurs where we force feed Tim because that has become our option.
Bottom-line is, the Spurs need to fix their offense rather than their defense if they want to win this series. We held the Warriors to 38 points in the 2nd half. If we can hold the Warriors to 100 or under as we did in game 2, we should win that game. It seems like the 3rd year now that I've said this, but TP has to prove he can lead the Spurs back to the Finals.
I wouldn't be shocked if the Spurs win the next 3 and move on! GS played as well as they possibly could and we missed like every 3. It won't happen again.
Another reason y letting go of Stephen Jackson was a mistake. But I believe we can take both games in oracle.
Spurs also need to quit shooting jump shots and attack the basket, we are not the warriors...Manu needs to get the ball out of his hands more he will never be able to take over a game anymore...when the game was close watching him get blocked by the rim was pathetic, then the warriors put the nail in the coffin with the 3 right after that...
@LiveSpurs It will still be spurs in 5 but we ran better with a smaller lineup, sad to see Diaw and Splitter non-factors out their and Blair riding the bench even after his performance game one...
IMO the spurs would have been bette roff losing game 1, the warriors were only looking for a split and losing a game on means they dont come out as hard in game 2. now a few questions, do the spurs come out to smash in game 3? do the warriors put their foot on the pedal or do they get cocky like young teams do and ease up? is curry tired? he looked tired last game and admitted he was tired after game one. can manu be manu? can tony get to the paint? is tim over his illness really?
the spurs need to attack the rim, dont try to match shot for shot. attacking the rim is the BEST way to play. attack and get their bigs in foul trouble, make their defense collapse in to defend the drive, THEN get better outside shots because the defense is to far away.