It looked as though the Golden State Warriors would steal game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, as Stephen Curry was burning his veteran opponents the whole night. Curry’s 44 points and 11 assists were ultimately not enough, as the Spurs came out with the victory in the epic double-overtime affair.
The Warriors collapsing is seemingly becoming a trend. In game 6 of their series against the Denver Nuggets, the Dubs allowed their opponents to cut into their double-digit lead late. They struggled to inbound the ball and just looked generally lost. This is something that I discussed previously, and I stated that the Warriors would simply not get away with this type of game against a much more experienced Spurs team.
In the end, that was exactly what happened. Curry’s heroics inevitably came to a halt, as he was simply out of gas, playing all but 4 seconds of the game. With Klay Thompson fouled out, the Warriors became sloppy and stagnant on the offensive end.
However, you have to give credit to San Antonio. They struggled in defending the pick and roll all game, but stepped up on both ends of the floor down the stretch. Danny Green made some huge plays on both ends of the floor and shot 6-9 from the 3-point line. Manu Ginobili was off all game, but ultimately nailed the game-winner.
Moving forward, the Warriors can still take away something good from this game. After having two late-game collapses in back-to-back games, you can bet that Mark Jackson will make sure his young team is focused in crunch time. The Spurs clearly don’t have an answer for Curry, although Kawhi Leonard did a great job on him when he was assigned to guard arguably the best shooter in the league. Giving Steph a breather some time during the game will also be important.
San Antonio is the overwhelming favorite in this series, but Monday night the Warriors proved that they are for real.