5 Reasons Why Golden State Warriors Can Upset San Antonio Spurs
5 Reasons Why Golden State Warriors Can Beat San Antonio Spurs in 2013 NBA Playoff Series
The Golden State Warriors showed that they can hang with the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the series. If it were not for an epic collapse, the Warriors would have the home court advantage for the rest of the series.
The Warriors' young players looked faster and more confident than the aging Spurs' stars. Rookies Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes were hitting their open shots. Even Kent Bazemore hit a clutch go-ahead layup in double overtime. Center Andrew Bogut looked like the best big man in the league by outplaying Tim Duncan in the first half.
It was surprising to see the Warriors winning the first half of the game even without contribution from superstar Stephen Curry. When Curry starting to morph into the human torch it looked like the Warriors would run-away with the game.
Of course, we all know what happened next as the Warriors had a monumental collapse that gave the Spurs game one. If the Warriors were to play the way they did during the first 44 minutes of the game, you would have to think they should have a good shot of beating the Spurs.
If they were to win their first game in San Antonio since 1997 in game two, the Warriors would have the series advantage going into the “Roaracle” arena. During the regular season the Warriors won both games at home and lost both games on the road against the Spurs.
Here are 5 reasons why the Warriors will win the series against San Antonio.
Mark Jackson will have the Warriors ready to play for the rest of the series. The former point guard and commentator is known as a motivator, and he will not let the young Warriors forget about the collapse of game one.
Harrison Barnes has been playing out of his mind during the playoffs. Not only has Barnes been hitting open three pointers, but he has also been taking the ball to the rim. The emergence of Barnes has made life easier for the “splash brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Andrew Bogut is looking like the best big man in the NBA during the postseason. Not only has he been controlling the paint on defense, but he has been out-rebounding opposing big men.
Home Court Advantage
The best fans in the NBA have once again shown that the Warriors have the best home court advantage in the NBA. The “Roaracle” has been rocking during the postseason as the Warriors are 3-0 so far in the playoffs. The Spurs lost both games this year at the Oracle Arena because the fans willed the team to victories.
Stephen Curry has been playing out of his mind in the postseason. Curry played every minute of game one against the Spurs scoring 44 points and dishing 11 assists. There is not a player on the Spurs who can slow him down. Curry has shown that he is a bona-fide superstar this postseason, and he might be the second best player left in the postseason behind LeBron James.