NBA Playoffs – Thursday evening the Golden State Warriors finally managed to wrestle down the Denver Nuggets, finishing the first-round series in six games. However, the highlight of game 6 was the Warriors’ inexplicable late-game collapse.
The Warriors will now take on the San Antonio Spurs in the second round, but the way Golden State closed out their series was anything but convincing. After a slow start to the game, Dubs got going in the third when Steph Curry took over the game. A couple of minutes into the fourth quarter, the Warriors were up by 18 points and the Nuggets looked finished.
However, following a 13-0 run, Denver found some energy. Instead of cutting off the life support, the Warriors did everything they could to assist the Nuggets in the impressive comeback that eventually fell short. In the last 1:37 of the game, Golden State turned the ball over five times.
Sure, the Nuggets deserve some credit for this. George Karl’s decision to double Curry as soon as he crossed the half-court line proved to be successful, forcing the young point guard to either call a timeout or make a tough pass. However, what the Warriors did was a classic example of a total collapse. They couldn’t inbound the ball and when they did they stepped out-of-bounds or fumbled it. As victory was close, the nerves and the pressure got to the young Warriors.
Curry was visibly upset in most of these situations, slamming the ball hard in the floor. He knows that if anything like this happens against the Spurs, their opponents will execute.
At the end of the day, this Golden State team is not very experienced and lacks a true veteran leader. Just like Curry said after the game, they are learning on the fly and tackle things as they come. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the second round of the playoffs will not be as forgiving. Learning on the fly against an established team such as the Spurs simply won’t cut it.