AT&T CENTER — One hour and a half before Game 2 tipped off, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson sat down before the media and confidently laid all his cards on the table.
AT&T Center – Imagine Danny Green didn’t hit the game-tying 3-pointer that sent the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors into overtime Monday night. Imagine if Manu Ginobili didn’t hit the game winning 3-pointer in the Spurs’ game one win over the Golden State Warriors.
Had the above happened, the Spurs would have been heading into game two Wednesday down 0-1 already in the series.
And then came game two.
“They played much better than us and miracles don’t happen that often. We didn’t deserve Game1 either,” said Ginobili Wednesday after his team fell to the Warriors 100-91.
“So we really have to do a better job over there (at Golden State) because we don’t have a chance if we play like this.”no comments
The last time the Golden State Warriors won a game in San Antonio, Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest, Stephen Curry was 8-years-old, while his father, Dell, was averaging 14.8 points per game for the Charlotte Hornets.
30 games and 16 years later, the Golden State Warriors finally have another win in San Antonio, staving away a second straight comeback attempt by the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center, winning 100-91 and tying up the series at one win apiece.
"I truly believe that trials and tribulations are transportation for where you're going. Game 1 made us better. We didn't panic. We made plays,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
While the Spurs were able to come back from a 16-point deficit in Game 1 to get the in in double overtime, they did their best yet again but fell short.
After the Warriors were up by 19 points in the third quarter, the Spurs went on a 14-2 run, with Kawhi Leonard taking advantage of mismatches and the Spurs matching the Warriors’ intensity.no comments
AT&T Center – After missing two playoff games with a sprained right ankle, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter will play against the Golden State Warriors in game two of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs according to Spurs head Coach Gregg Popovich Wednesday evening.
“They’re good to go,” said Popovich in his pregame press conference of Splitter and Tim Duncan, who had the flu in game one. Duncan, has rid himself of the flu altogether according to Popovich.
Though Splitter is returning to the lineup, Popovich said Boris Diaw, who scored an efficient seven points in game one, will continue to start for San Antonio. On the flipside, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said he too would start the same starting lineup.
When asked exactly how many minutes Splitter would log in his return, Popovich responded, “17.5” minutes. The “17.5” wasn’t to be taken literally though, as Popovich explained coaches don’t always know how much minutes players can play when returning from an extended injury.no comments
The matchup of the game for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals will be between San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
In Game 1, Curry went off on the Spurs scoring 44 points on 18-35 FG shooting (6-14 in 3-point shooting) and was the main reason Golden State had a 16 point lead late in the game that later disappeared. Stephen Curry seemed to make every shot he threw up, even the impossible ones that he made look routine. It didn't matter if Danny Green or Tony Parker defended him, he kept his confidence throughout the game and carried the Warriors on his back. This changed dramatically when Gregg Popovich sent his best defender, Kawhi Leonard, on him for the latter part of the game and it showed. Leonard's physical gifts bothered Curry and look for that to happen again, especially if the Warriors' point guard gets hot from the field again.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (5-0) will look to defend homecourt against the Golden State Warriors (4-3) tonight at the AT&T Center for Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.
The Spurs are coming off a thrilling double-overtime comeback 129-127 win in Game 1. Tony Parker finished with 28 points to lead the Spurs while Manu Ginobili nailed he game-winning three-pointer to wrap up the Game 1 win. Warriors' Stephen Curry finished with 44 points to lead Golden State.
Momentum is on the Spurs side while the Warriors'' mental focus will be in the spotlight tonight.
And as the Spurs look to give the Warriors their 31st loss in a row in San Antonio, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• The Spurs became just the second team in the playoffs to shoot 50 percent-or-better from the field and three-point territory in the same game, as the Spurs shot 51.2 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc vs. Lakers in the first round.
• In the third quarter, Warriors' Stephen Curry is averaging 12.3 points on 69.6 percent from the floor and 65.4 percent from three-point line.no comments
So that was kind of weird what happened in Game 1. It's not every day you see a 16-point deficit turn in to a double overtime victory.
Still, that happened and while there wasn't one silver bullet that sparked the comeback, it did help that Stephen Curry stopped making shots in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Part of Curry's woes had to do with Kawhi Leonard switching on to him, making it difficult for him to get some clean looks. After the game, Tony Parker praised Leonard's efforts to contain Curry after he went bananas in the third quarter.
In the midst of his first playoff run, and a brilliant one at that, the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry has emerged as one of the most uniquely potent threats in the NBA.
Among all NBA players, perhaps only Kevin Durant can access such a dangerously accurate shot in such a variety of ways. Coming off screens, in transition, spotting up for catch and shoot three-pointers, and even dangerous off the dribble in isolation, the moment either player crosses half court the defense must mark them as a threat to shoot, regardless of the situation.
While Curry lacks the length and athleticism of Durant, he compensates with elite ball handling and premium court vision and passing. He also possesses one very important advantage that Durant currently lacks, one that could make a difference in his series against the Spurs: the Warriors protect Stephen Curry as much as they rely on him.no comments
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