Things are about to get tougher for the San Antonio Spurs towards the end of this week.
After two consecutive wins where the team was unable to showcase their best play, the Spurs will now travel to Oakland where they will face the upstart Golden State Warriors. If the team led by Gregg Popovich wants to get a positive result out of the Oracle Arena, they need to find a way to stop their outside shooters.
The Warriors are coming off a win against the hard-nosed Minnesota Timberwolves, and their shooters were once again the difference-makers. Despite the fact that Stephen Curry had to leave the game and is listed as day-to-day for today’s encounter, Golden State have several other players that can catch fire at any given moment like Klay Thompson (30 points against Minnesota) or Harrison Barnes, who’s coming off from an injury and looked sharp in his return to the hardwood.
Luckily for the Spurs, they have some of the best perimeter defenders in Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, two players that can be nightmares for opposing teams. If they’re able to slow down the Warriors’ backcourt, the Spurs will have plenty of chances to come out on top.
The presence of Tim Duncan in the paint is an advantage that the Spurs will have tonight, even though Andrew Bogut is a very solid defensive player. It will be a good test for the Spurs to see if they’re able to shake off two rusty performances as they look to get back to their usual rhythm. When they are on their game, they are clearly one of the best teams in the league.