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Eddy from Austin 04-15-13 10:03 AM

Official Spurs at Warriors Game Thread (9:30)
9:30 PM

San Antonio (58 - 22)


Golden State (45 - 35)

Spurs-Warriors Preview

STATS Writer

(AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are both headed to the playoffs, but seeding in the Western Conference is still at stake with two games to play.

Both teams may be more concerned with generating some momentum heading into the postseason.

The Spurs will know if the West's top seed is still viable Monday night, while trying to continue their dominance of the Golden State Warriors and avoid their longest single-season road losing streak in over 16 years.

San Antonio (58-22) is one game back of Oklahoma City for the West's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but the Thunder hold the tiebreaker as they try to sweep the three-game season series with Sacramento earlier Monday.

That may leave the Spurs to focus on snapping a six-game road losing streak, during which they're averaging 88.0 points while shooting 40.3 percent. They haven't endured a longer skid as the visitor in a single season since dropping eight in a row from Jan. 7-Feb. 6, 1997.

Sunday's 91-86 road defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers may have cost them the top seed. Tim Duncan was one of the few bright spots with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Tony Parker went 1 for 10 from the field and finished with four points, eight assists and four turnovers.

"I just thought we sort of floated through the game," Gregg Popovich said. "Duncan was great, as usual. He's really the only guy on the team that played like somebody who wanted to win a championship."

Duncan is averaging 22.6 points while San Antonio has dropped three of five, but Parker has missed two of those games with a sore neck and Manu Ginobili has been sidelined for eight straight due to a strained right hamstring.

"We're two games away from the playoffs, and Manu is still not here, Tony is still finding his rhythm," Duncan said. "We're not scoring at the rate we need to, but we're a veteran team, and we're confident we can get it together."

The remaining schedule may offer some comfort. After facing the Warriors (45-35) in what may be a first-round playoff preview, the Spurs will host Minnesota on Wednesday, and they've won 16 in a row at home against the Timberwolves.

San Antonio has also dominated Golden State, winning 17 of the past 18 matchups while averaging 111.4 points. However, the Spurs had a seven-game winning streak at Oracle Arena snapped in the most recent visit Feb. 22, when they fell 107-101 in overtime.

The Warriors, who conclude the season at Portland on Wednesday, are tied with Houston for the sixth seed, but the Rockets own the tiebreaker and visit conference-worst Phoenix before facing the Lakers.

Golden State is sputtering down the stretch, losing three of four after also falling on the road to the Lakers, 118-116 on Friday.

"We don't want to relax. We can't afford to do that right now," guard Stephen Curry said. "This is a big game for us to bounce back after two tough losses. It's good preparation to know that every game means something for our seeding, and for our state of mind going into the playoffs."

Curry is doing his part. He scored 47 while hitting 9 of 15 from beyond the arc Friday and is averaging 28.8 points over the last four games.

He's also closing in on the NBA record for 3-pointers made in a season, sitting eight behind the record of 269 set by Ray Allen in 2005-06.

"To be in that conversation like the season he had in '06, that is special," said Curry, who has totaled 43 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the perimeter in two games versus San Antonio this season.

Spurd_On 04-15-13 12:24 PM

"I just thought we sort of floated through the game," Gregg Popovich said. "Duncan was great, as usual. He's really the only guy on the team that played like somebody who wanted to win a championship."

Pop's rhetoric has had little or no influence on the players of late beginning with his statement after returning from the Rodeo Road Trip when he said that he didn't recognize the team he was watching. Makes me wonder if Pop has lost his rapport with this team. The Stephen Jackson incident sure didn't sit well with some players either.

Mombear 04-15-13 12:41 PM

Spurs 88
GSW 110

MichaelWi101 04-15-13 12:44 PM

Warriors need this game.

GSW 91
SA 88

Eddy from Austin 04-15-13 01:47 PM

Spurs 98
Warriors 94

alh1020 04-15-13 02:46 PM

After watching last night's high school game, me thinks the Spurs coaching staff will opt for a more interesting starting lineup than what we've seen of late. Why bust their butt now and go all out against the Warriors when the possible 8th seed (LA Lakers) kicks their rump. Rest the regular starting crew (whoever that might be) and look forward to the playoffs this weekend. It ain't going to be pretty tonight.

Uwe Blab 04-15-13 03:12 PM

Yeah, they are going to rest some people and we'll feel really crappy tomorrow.

alh1020 04-15-13 03:55 PM


Originally Posted by Uwe Blab (Post 1294912)
Yeah, they are going to rest some people and we'll feel really crappy tomorrow.

Personally, I've been feeling pretty crappy about our progress as a team since that blowout loss to Portland on our home court. It almost seems as if we've been spiraling ever since then.

alh1020 04-15-13 04:07 PM

Parker, Duncan and Leonard out against Warriors

With the top seed in the Western Conference all but lost, the Spurs have already shifted their eyes to the postseason.

As such, point guard Tony Parker (sore neck), post Tim Duncan (sore knee) and small forward Kawhi Leonard (sore knee) will all skip tonight’s road game against Golden State.

Parker, at less than full strength since spraining his left ankle on March 1, had perhaps his worst game in more than three seasons in Sunday’s 91-86 loss to the Lakers, scoring just four points in 37 minutes. Leonard and Duncan have dealt with various knee injuries throughout the season.

That said, this would almost certainly appear to be a classic Spurs “rest” game, as has been favored by Gregg Popovich extensively in recent seasons as their roster has aged.

The Spurs will also play without reserve guard Manu Ginobili, who has missed eight straight games and the vast majority of a ninth with a strained hamstring. Parker has said Ginobili could return for the regular season finale at home against Minnesota on Wednesday.

Those four players represent nearly half San Antonio’s scoring production this season.

The postseason begins on Saturday. The Spurs, currently second in the West at 58-22, will likely face Golden State or Houston in the first round.

Rest of the story: Spurs Nation

thesuspence281 04-15-13 10:24 PM

The two aussies seem to be actually playing with some energy and determination. Idk if its anything that we will see translated to the playoffs but its looking pretty good so far.

thesuspence281 04-15-13 10:35 PM

Good to see the guys playing with some energy and at least some active hands on the defensive end for a change

Mombear 04-15-13 11:45 PM

Spurs 106 - GSW 116 :(

alh1020 04-16-13 12:09 AM

You know, I do think our 2nd stringers work the ball around better and bring more energy than our regular starters. Too bad our shots didn't start falling earlier in the 2nd half. Nice shooting by Gary Neal and Patty Mills. But Stephan Curry stole the show --- the rim was really big for him tonight. Deadeye.

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