Heading into the Golden State Warriors series with the San Antonio Spurs, the advantages for each team were clear. However, the lines are starting to get crossed. Obviously, the upper hand in the shooting category goes to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry lighting the scoreboard up, but Harrison Barnes has the chance to give the Warriors an inside advantage as well.
Barnes was the seventh overall draft pick last Summer, so his growth curve has been exponential to say the least. An ex-North Carolina Tar Heel, Barnes has been able to play extremely physical with the Spurs frontcourt; through two games, Barnes already has a double double under his belt. San Antonio needs to keep the power forward off of the boards because if he can snag a few offensive rebounds a game, then the dynamic of this series will change.
As a predominant scoring threat, Barnes has been keyed on by Gregg Popovich and the Spurs entire staff. At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Barnes has a unique way of slicing up the court while having an athletic-enough frame to bang with the big men down low.
Golden State is the favorite in this game-3 match up and it strike a bit of fear in me to say the least — giving this young of a team such high expectations is just setting them up for failure. Even though Barnes plays well beyond his years, the 21-year-old does have just 89 NBA games under his belt and that including a run this postseason.