Spurs Should Be Encouraged for Game 3

The series shifts to Golden State and we give a few reasons why Spur fans shouldn’t be worried about their team winning the series.

The San Antonio Spurs have not looked like themselves in the Western Conference Semi-Finals so far, but have still managed to have a series split. Some argue that the Spurs should be down 0-2 if it wasn’t for the miracle comeback in Game 1, which leads some to believe that the Golden State Warriors are the better team—not the case at all.

3) Hot Shooting
  • The Golden State Warriors have thrived on outside shots to make this series interesting. Most of the baskets they have made late in games have been highly contested. They deserve credit for knocking down those shots but how much longer can they depend on long jumpers to save them?
  • The Warriors had a huge game out of Steph Curry in Game 1 (44pts 11assists) and still loss the contest. They also had an unusually efficient game from guard Clay Thompson from behind the arc; hitting 8 of 9 three-pointers in Game 2. Despite this, the Spurs still had several chances to win the game. The Warriors are depending on epic shooting performances (and efficiency) to win these games.

2) Bad Shooting
  • In Game 2 the Spurs had a chance to win the game but were shooting the ball at an abysmal rate. Their box score was riddled with post season lows in several shooting categories. The Spurs are one of the best shooting teams in the league and they only managed to shoot 5-21 from three-point land. They also had a team free-throw percentage in the high 70’s percentile in the regular season, but only managed to hit 66% of their free throws in Game 2.
  • The Spurs will not shoot the ball that poorly again in the series and those wide open shots they were getting will begin to fall. In Game 2 they only shot 39% from the field as a whole, so look for that to improve as well.

1) Experience

  • People forget that the Spurs are proven winners and have been in this position before on the road. The Warriors are still a young team that hasn’t experienced a complete series with this type of intensity. How will they respond when those long jumpers start not to fall? How will they respond when the fancy layups start to rim out? The Warriors don’t have the veterans the Spurs do and they have no way of getting easier buckets when the difficult ones fail to fall. At the end of the day the Warriors depend on jump shots too heavily.
  • The Spur’s trio of Parker/Duncan/Ginobili have been voicing their feelings about the lack of intensity to the media—something they rarely do—so you can expect the veterans to come out with a focused game plan in Game 3. The Spurs haven’t played a complete A-game yet and they are way over do for one.
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