2013 NBA Playoffs: San Antonio Spurs Struggle With Golden State Warriors

By Jason Weingartner

The San Antonio Spurs looked worn down from the monumental comeback in game one of their series against the Golden State Warriors.

Down 16 points with less than four minutes remaining, the veteran squad pulled a rabbit out of their hat and won the contest in double overtime.

What occurred in game two seemed like a hangover from the instant classic earlier in the week.

Shoddy defense that allowed phenomenal perimeter shooting by Golden State sank this San Antonio team in game two. The Spurs did their best to contain guard Stephen Curry, but were exploited as Klay Thompson posted 34 points in the contest.

The Spurs rely heavily on Manu Ginobili in big moments of playoff games. This is a formula that has worked for the group for years and has led to championships. In game two of this series, things went awry.

The Spurs cut a 20-point deficit late in the game to eight, but missed four of their last five shots and never actually threatened. While it seemed as if Golden State was set to make another monumental collapse, shots just wouldn’t fall for the veteran San Antonio squad.

The Spurs have now surrendered home court advantage and must contend with playing ball in Oakland, no easy task for a visiting team.

Wednesday’s game will prove a minor setback for the Spurs. They’re the deepest team in the Western Conference, and will endure the attrition that is the NBA playoffs. Look for them to rebound from the loss at home by stealing one on the road in Oakland.

This veteran San Antonio squad had better rest up if they look to hang with the youngsters from Golden State. The Warriors have their sights set on ending the dynasty that we’ve come to know as the San Antonio Spurs.

Jason Weingartner is an NBA and NFL contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JaWeingartner or add him to your network on Google.

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