The odds of San Antonio winning Game 1, faced with a 16-point deficit and 271 seconds remaining, were slim. 1-200, actually.
Following the play-by-play of last night’s double OT thriller on Twitter, Manu Ginobili went from being cursed for taking an ill-advised shot from way beyond the three-point line to being the savior to the next minute after hitting a high-arching three to save homecourt advantage and assuring a 16-point comeback wasn’t all for naught.
While the play wasn’t originally called for Ginobili, especially after potentially giving up the game at the end of the second overtime, he did what Manu does and adjusted to what presented itself, going from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s doghouse to possibly having Pop serve him a frittata early this morning
"I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow. That's the truth,” Popovich said in his postgame presser last night. “When I talk to him and say 'Manu' he goes 'this is what I do". That's what he's going to tell me. I stopped coaching him a long time ago.”no comments
By now you heard of the "Screaming Spurs Fan" that nearly overshadowed the San Antonio Spurs dramatic Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Her piercing shrill overpowered the TNT broadcast and she became an Internet sensation overnight. However, a couple of women are claiming to be the infamous screamer.
First off, 1250 ESPN SA's Jason Minnix and Dat Nguyen of "The Blitz" were able to track down a woman claiming to be the shrieking lady and apparently it is Laurie Aguilar of San Antonio.no comments
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.no comments
While the San Antonio Spurs were battling it out versus the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 last night, in the concourse of the AT&T Center was a Spurs-balloon figure with a strange leer and looking quite creepy.
Check out this nightmare fuel-looking balloon figure from last night's Spurs game. I wonder how many kids ran the other way upon seeing this standing in the concourse. Maybe this is what the "Screaming Lady" was screaming about during last night's Spurs-Warriors game.
AT&T Center – “ We knew we could come back,” said San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw early Tuesday morning, after the Spurs had made a remarkable comeback from down 18-points to defeat the Golden State Warriors 129-127 in double overtime. “We knew it would just take some stops, which we were actually trying to get the whole game.”
A handful of Spurs players mentioned that they just needed to keep fighting and making stops, and an eventual come back would be possible.
If you talked to Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he too is confident as are his teammates that the Warriors can still steal a game in San Antonio.no comments
Words can hardly describe last night's San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Game 1 thrilling double-overtime game. After building a seemingly insurmountable lead (18 points), Warriors began to see their lead slip as the Spurs stormed back.
And when it mattered the most, veteran Manu Ginobili was there to save the day despite having an off night. Manu was 4-19 from the field and 1-8 from the three-point line before putting the proverbial nail in the coffin for Golden State. However, when he squared up for the winning shot, it was nothing but net.
Check out Ginobili's clutch shot in Game 1 via the lens of the NBA's "Phantom" camera.no comments
AT&T Center -- The Golden State Warriors had an 18-point lead on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 in San Antonio - a place that hasn't been kind to the Warriors in 16 years.
The lead appeared insurmountable yet the Spurs stormed back to force double-overtime to escape with a 129-127 win. The Spurs walked off the court jubilant while the Warriors walked off the court looking dejected.
The Spurs turned things around by doing what they used to do best - defense - when it mattered most. After shooting a torrid 70% after three quarters, San Antonio turned up their defense and held Golden State to 25% shooting (5-20) in the fourth, 50% shooting (5-10) in the first overtime, and 37% in the final overtime period en route to an amazing comeback. Add San Antonio finding their shooting stroke when it mattered most in the second overtime (66%) and it was a a night Spurs and Warriors fans will never forget.
Yet despite being down on the scoreboard for most of the game, the Spurs relied on their playoff experience and championship mettle against a young, inexperienced Warriors team to carry them to a thrilling Game 1 win.no comments
AT&T CENTER--Seated in press row, overlooking the court from the upper deck, one could see the play as it unfolded. As Manu Ginobili set a screen for Tony Parker, who dragged the defensive attention of Harrison Barnes and Jarret Jack along with him, leaving Kent Brazemore to decide between an open Diaw and Ginobili.
Ginobili sank the three-pointer, the Spurs sank the Golden State Warriors, and for at least the night, analysis stopped there.
Press row erupted, not necessarily in celebration of the San Antonio Spurs victory, but in celebration of a game that provided everything we cold ask for and more. For moments throughout the game there were no beat writers, there were no bloggers. NBA scouts, coaches, and even players--save for the 10 battling it out on the court--ceased to exist.
For the night, everybody was just a fan.no comments
AT&T Center – The second round of the Western Conference playoffs are upon the city of San Antonio as the San Antonio Spurs prepare to begin a new series against the Golden State Warriors.
With a new series at hand, a familiar face on the Spurs will be making a return to the lineup as Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Boris Diaw, who had been recovering from a synovial cyst excision of the lumbar spine, will start in game one against the Warriors.
Tiago Splitter will be out in game one as he continues to recover from his sprained right ankle, but Coach Popovich said Splitter will definitely play in the series either as soon as Wednesday in Game two or at most this weekend in one of the games in Golden State.
To add more relief for Spurs fans concerned about the health of the team, Popovich said Manu Ginobili, whose minutes were restricted in the first series against the Los Angeles Lakers, is fully ready to take on regular minutes each game against the Warriors.no comments