Sunday night's win over the Warriors improves the Spurs' record to 8-1 against Golden State starting with Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Semis. The win also made the Spurs the only team in the league that beat the Warriors twice this season. The Warriors are exceptionally good, have had a historically great season, deserve their status as the favorites to win the title, but there's no way that they want any part of this Spurs team.
The good guys jumped out to a brilliant start and at the end of the first they dropped 31 on the league's best defense while holding the league's best offense to just 17. That's completely ridiculous and by the end of the half the Spurs led by 19. The third quarter, a problem for the Spurs this season, saw Stephen Curry get hot, scoring 13 points on five consecutive possessions for the Warriors to cut the lead to 14, but the Spurs responded by putting Kawhi Leonard on Curry.
That was just one of Whi's seven steals and it came against perhaps the best handle in the game. It's almost disrespectful at this point to take your attention off of Whi for even a moment.
The Spurs were fantastic and easily won, Kawhi is the team's best player by a wide margin and SA looks primed to fight through the West when the second season starts.
Your Spurs improve to 51-26, remain in the sixth seed and are tied with the fifth-seeded Clippers.
This team is so easy to root for.
- Maybe I'm overreacting, but this has been bubbling in my head for a week or so - I think Kawhi is a top-10 player. He's the best defender on the perimeter, maybe the best defender in the game, and his offensive game has been incredible over the past month or so. Since February 28th, Kawhi has put up the following line: 19.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists. On the other end he's tallied 2.8 steals a game and just shy of a block. His plus/minus over that time is 13.9.
- Tim Duncan, the Stone Buddha, quietly finished with 19 points in his 24 minutes, hitting six of his seven shots and seven of his eight freebies.
- Aron Baynes is awesome. He's been great all season. Just wanted to say that.
- IcyHot, not quite set to broil but hot enough, hit 4-of-6 from deep and 7-of-10 from the field. Danny Green also played a great defensive game, Klay Thompson finished 3-of-11, and led the team with three blocks. His +25 led the team by a large margin (Tony Parker +15.)
GIF of the Night:
Danny Green with the sweet handle to lose Stephen Curry and then the beautiful lob to Whi. I love the bench reaction.
The Spurs will visit Oklahoma City to take on the Russell Westbrook and the struggling Thunder on Tuesday night.