San Antonio Spurs Show Golden State Warriors Why They Are the Best Team in the Western Conference
Just another unreal stat for arguably the greatest power forward of all time. Duncan finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. At 36 years old, he is still playing great basketball and leading his team to yet another top seed in the playoffs.
The Warriors hung around all game but in the end were just overwhelmed by the Spurs superior offense. Whenever Golden State would go on a run and gain some momentum, Gregg Popovich‘s team always had an answer, even without their floor general Tony Parker.
Parker, who has missed San Antonio’s past eight games, fully worked out with the team before the game and is expected to return to action in a week. The Spurs are 6-2 during that stretch without him.
Manu Ginobili has taken over a majority of the point guard position for San Antonio in Parker’s absence. Ginobili sliced up the Warriors defense with 16 point and seven assists.
Steph Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors, but San Antonio was able to contain his distribution for the most part, forcing three turnovers to his three assists. San Antonio really clamped down around him defensively and showed why they are the current number one seed in the Western Conference.
Spurs big man Tiago Splitter, like Duncan, owned the Warriors all night. Andrew Bogut and David Lee could not stop either of them as San Antonio wore them down early on. Splitter finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
All of the pressure of the Spurs bigs took a toll on the offensive production of the Golden State’s big men. Lee only scored 10 points on 4-17 shooting and Bogut only four points on 2-9 shooting.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson did very little to make adjustments for his team. While they picked up their defensive intensity in the second half, he never changes his rotation or game plan no matter what the situation is.
Once again, Harrison Barnes was having a good game and was the only Warrior that was able to get to the rim and finish. He scored 13 early points only to be limited to 18 minutes for no apparent reason.
The same can be said for Carl Landry who started 5-5 in the first half and finished with 10 points but was limited to just 14 minutes.
Why does Mark Jackson continue to sit players that have the hot hand? Why does he keep using the same lineup in crunch time no matter what? He continues to play an offensively inept Andrew Bogut and a overmatched Klay Thompson down the stretch time and time again. They combined for just 13 points and one assist in 67 minutes.
The Warriors finished their road trip 2-1 and are off until Saturday when they host John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
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