San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State WarriorsAT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
May 8, 2013, 8:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: TNT - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI
The San Antonio Spurs face off against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. San Antonio took Game 1 in double overtime, 129-127, overcoming a 16 point deficit with 4 minutes to go. Surviving a 44 point, 11 assist barrage from The Talented Mr Curry, a team effort was needed, with Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Boris Diaw all making key plays, setting up the wild finish where Manu Ginobili, who had been struggling to find his shot all night, was inexplicably left wide open on the winning three pointer.
However, the Spurs look to improve on a performance that, frankly, was more reflective of the April Spurs than the Rodeo Road Trip Spurs. As mentioned, Ginobili was off for most of the game, notwithstanding a great dunk early on, as well as the game winner. Parker wasn't in command until the 4th, and it is obvious that he is not yet fully in the swing of things. Tim Duncan was a mixed bag; he had a double double, yet was slow and uncoordinated on defense, due to playing through his illness.
And the Spurs can play better. Tiago Splitter should be back soon, and although this normally is not a series for big men, his ability to efficiently score off and defend the pick and roll (I think he and Diaw will be key for pick and roll defense, given their relative mobility compared to Timmeh) will be key in limiting the high octane Warriors offense. Green and Leonard will get more looks against Curry, and Kawhi had a big hand in slowing him down in the last 14 minutes. The Warriors can score in bunches, but they turn the ball over pretty frequently too.
In terms of the Four Factors, while Golden State was able to gain the edge in eFG% (thanks to Curry) and ORB% (thanks to Bogut), San Antonio had the advantage in TOV% (Leonard's quickness helped) and FT/FGA (nice to have a point guard who draws fouls). Hopefully, the Spurs can keep their advantage in the latter two while minimizing the Warriors' strengths.
Warriors perspective can be found here: Golden State of Mind
Game Prediction: Spurs by 4. Leonard has another big game.
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