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Eddy from Austin 05-16-13 12:00 AM

Official WC Semifinals Game #6 Spurs at Warriors Game Thread (Thur. 9:30)

(2) SAN ANTONIO SPURS (58-24, 7-2, 3-2) AT (6) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (47-35, 6-5, 2-3)
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
9:30 P.M. CT

Spurs-Warriors Preview

Posted May 15 2013 7:53PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Forgive the San Antonio Spurs if they aren't that excited about holding a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
After all, they've been ahead twice before.

If the Spurs want to close out the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night at rowdy Oracle Arena, they'll have to do what neither team has in this series: win consecutive games. Golden State also is 4-0 after a loss in the playoffs.

"Nobody talks about getting this over with like you've got a rash," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Like you can take a pill or put some cream on it, it's going to be gone. This is a war.

They're a class team. They bust their (butts) at both ends of the floor. It's not about getting rid of anything. It's about going and playing and that's about it."

San Antonio has increasingly shown its veteran savvy the last three games, and Golden State has looked like it's finally wearing down from all its injuries.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs overwhelmed the Warriors in Tuesday night's 109-91 win in San Antonio. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson - described by Coach Mark Jackson as the "greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history" - combined to score just 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting.

Curry has refused to use the left ankle he sprained late in Game 3 as an excuse, but anybody who has watched can clearly see he has been slowed by the injury. Thompson, who failed to even attempt a 3-pointer for the first time all season Tuesday, has been shut down by San Antonio since scoring 34 points in Game 2.

Neither Curry nor Thompson was made available to speak to reporters during the team's light shootaround Wednesday in Oakland. The rest of the Warriors insist they're not worried about the "Splash Brothers" or the team's ability to respond.

"We're never going to quit. We're never going to die. We've got a lot of fight left. This isn't the end," Warriors forward Carl Landry said. "Actually, we're excited about having the opportunity to play in a Game 6. Everybody in that locker room is excited and ready."

The odds are not in Golden State's favor.
Teams that have won Game 5 of a best-of-seven series that was tied have gone on to win the series 88 out of 99 times. However, those teams are 50-49 in Game 6.

The Spurs have won 11 of 12 best-of-seven series when leading 3-2. The last time the Warriors came back from a 3-2 deficit was against the Chicago Bulls in the 1975 Western Conference finals, when the franchise went on to win its only NBA title.

Despite all the doubt, Golden State has overcome every obstacle it has faced this season - from forward Brandon Rush's season-ending left knee injury in the home opener to center Andrew Bogut's sore left ankle throughout the year to All-Star forward David Lee's hip injury in the first round against Denver.

"We are our habits and we have a tight-knit group that is able to make adjustments, own it when they don't play well and bounce back," Jackson said. "I have no doubt that will take place again."

The Spurs are getting production from others besides Parker and Duncan, and that might be the biggest turnaround in a series that has been full of them.

The length of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green has bothered Curry and Thompson. Duncan and Tiago Splitter have put Bogut in foul trouble in two straight games, and San Antonio's team defense has displayed the "maniacal" effort that Popovich has preached in leading the franchise to four NBA titles.

"That's how it's supposed to be," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who is starting to find success as a facilitator with his shot not falling. "We are not a team that's going to have somebody scoring 40 every game that we can rely on. We need everybody to contribute because we are not the most talented team in the league, so we need a contribution from everybody."

Standing in the way of a second straight Western Conference finals appearance for San Antonio is a gritty Golden State team that has nothing to lose.

Jackson is relying on a phrase he has repeated since the playoffs started: few people expected the Warriors to be a serious contender in the preseason, so there's no pressure on his players, who echoed those sentiments.

For a franchise that has made the playoffs just twice since 1994, the Warriors are relishing the opportunity to push the conference semifinals to a decisive Game 7, which would be in San Antonio on Sunday.
"It's almost like an NCAA tournament game," Landry said. "We just have to go out there and never take any possessions off. After the game, we shouldn't have anything left. We shouldn't even be able to walk to our cars. Everything should be left out on the floor."

esparzar1 05-16-13 07:38 AM

The Spurs need to close this game out tonight. I know they can :wink It will be hard fought, the Warriors will not go down without a fight.

Spurs 97

Warriors 93

Uwe Blab 05-16-13 09:55 AM

It will be close, but Spurs close it out tonight.

KAD 05-16-13 10:22 AM

Spurs need to play same as Game 5 and they close it out!

spurscrazed 05-16-13 06:12 PM

Spurs will do it and Clinch on the ROAD Baby!!!!


Spurs win!

No Excuses! Spurs DOMINATE!!!

GSW 96

Go Spurs Go!!!
GSW :gun Spurs

Mombear 05-16-13 09:18 PM


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MRJONESIII 05-16-13 11:38 PM

Well someone tell our guards to pass the ball like men... Instead of like elementary kids! There was some horrible passes by Parker, Manu and Duncan! Memo to Manu and Leonard.... Make you damn free throws!

JuanCaca 05-17-13 12:17 AM

not able to watch the game... why isnt timmy playing th final minutes?

are GS attacking him exploiting he is slow, or is he injured?? please someone tell me!!!

Spurd_On 05-17-13 12:22 AM


Originally Posted by JuanCaca (Post 1297017)
not able to watch the game... why isnt timmy playing th final minutes?

are GS attacking him exploiting he is slow, or is he injured?? please someone tell me!!!

He is not injured if that is your concern. He simply stopped playing well.

spurs_believer 05-17-13 12:23 AM

We are in western finals...

Watched most of the game during lunch break. Still a bit excited.

JuanCaca 05-17-13 12:24 AM

thanks! i hope he isnt bottered by the knee

Spurd_On 05-17-13 12:30 AM


Originally Posted by JuanCaca (Post 1297022)
thanks! i hope he isnt bottered by the knee

I don't think so. He passed the ball to Joey Crawford and Pop pulled him.:)

ATHENEA 05-17-13 12:33 AM

Great gameplan, focused on the role players and making our superstars facilitators (same plan GSW had...unluckyly for them, our guys were hitting their shots and super sharp on D)
Great night from our second stringers
Clutch plays by Tony
Great defensive collective effort, outstanding rebounding and amazing hands with tons of steals
Great gm from Neal, Splitter, Green and even Bonner and Diaw (!!??)
Finally Kawhi showed us he is the next big deal for us.
Amazing, cerebral, well-executed game.
Hats off for our guys, tons of crow for me :spin

JuanCaca 05-17-13 07:18 AM


Originally Posted by Spurd_On (Post 1297023)
I don't think so. He passed the ball to Joey Crawford and Pop pulled him.:)

haaa haa! to joey?

that timmy is a bad boy LOL LOL

KAD 05-17-13 12:23 PM

Great win for the Spurs - they played tough D and closed it out. GS will be a team to recone with in the future.

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