|Western Conference - Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+4.8||5-0||3-2||109.6||51.4||51.3%||49.8||104.2||54.2||43.6%||49.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.6||51.3||38-83||46.0%||8-20||40.3%||17-21||79.0%||52||11||23||22||7||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.3%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||101.1||50.9||38-84||45.3%||8-20||40.4%||16-20||79.7%||51||11||21||22||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.5||50.7||37-85||43.9%||8-23||34.4%||18-24||74.6%||51||11||23||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||99.1||49.8||37-82||45.6%||7-20||35.4%||17-23||74.8%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||103.2||52.3||38-83||45.4%||8-22||36.0%||19-26||75.1%||51||11||23||19||8||13||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||-1||4-1||3-2||102.2||53.8||47.7%||49.6||89.8||43.8||44.7%||48.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.1||51.4||39-82||48.1%||8-21||37.5%||17-21||79.2%||49||8||25||17||9||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.6||49.7||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.2||54.0||40-81||49.5%||8-20||38.5%||16-20||79.5%||49||8||26||17||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.1||47.1||37-85||44.2%||6-18||34.9%||15-20||75.4%||50||11||21||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.7||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.7%||17-23||75.0%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||93.9||47.5||37-84||44.0%||6-18||35.4%||14-19||74.7%||48||10||21||19||9||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GOLDEN STATE 96.6, SAN ANTONIO 95.5|
|4/12/2013||@ LA LAKERS||116-118||L||7||W||208.5||O||46-97||47.4%||47||8||34-66||51.5%||51||12|
|5/6/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/8/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/10/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/4/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||88-100||L||7.5||L||201||U||33-83||39.8%||47||10||38-82||46.3%||51||12|
|4/14/2013||@ LA LAKERS||86-91||L||-3.5||L||193||U||33-89||37.1%||57||8||31-85||36.5%||69||14|
|4/15/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||106-116||L||7||L||199||O||45-98||45.9%||45||15||46-85||54.1%||55||21|
|4/26/2013||@ LA LAKERS||120-89||W||-6.5||W||184||O||52-85||61.2%||53||14||35-81||43.2%||40||13|
|4/28/2013||@ LA LAKERS||103-82||W||-11.5||W||190.5||U||39-84||46.4%||44||8||36-76||47.4%||51||21|
|5/6/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/8/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/10/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is this offense's engine and a stat-stuffing machine, as long as he's healthy. His ankle should be healed, but his small frame hasn't proven to be up to the rigors of the NBA . . . KLAY THOMPSON is a pure shooter who played himself into a starting job last year. He's a bit one-dimensional, but this spread, up-tempo offense is right up his alley . . . JARRETT JACK will back up both guard spots and provide some insurance for the fragile Curry . . . BRANDON RUSH is going to push for a starting job, but he's never proven to be more than a second-unit talent . . . As a rookie, CHARLES JENKINS proved worthy of a roster spot during his late-season audition. But he'll be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs as long as Curry and Jack are healthy. FORWARDS: DAVID LEE's touches will drop alongside Andrew Bogut. The Warriors seem prepared to give him major minutes despite his defensive shortcomings . . . HARRISON BARNES should push for a starting job early. He's not a great iso player, but the Warriors' offense should set him up with catch-and-score opportunities . . . CARL LANDRY is active around the basket and should do some damage over 20 MPG . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is going to be in a mentor role until his contract expires in two years . . . JEREMY TYLER is young and a borderline usable big off the bench . . . Second-rounder DRAYMOND GREEN isn't an athlete but does a bit of everything. He figures to have a limited role as a rookie. CENTERS: His fractured ankle is not quite 100 percent, but ANDREW BOGUT hopes to be healed enough when the season starts to be the centerpiece of the frontcourt. He can rebound and defend, and he'll get his share of easy scoring opportunities with so many shooters spreading the floor . . . The Warriors seem content to let ANDRIS BIEDRINS rot on the bench . . . Rookie FESTUS EZELI is too raw offensively to see significant minutes.|
|SAN ANTONIO: GUARDS: TONY PARKER played at an MVP level last year. His eye injury is obviously not an issue, and he was constantly getting on coach Gregg Popovich to let him finish meaningless games last year. There's no reason he can't repeat last year's performance . . . MANU GINOBILI dealt with a series of nagging injuries last year, and it's clear the team will have to monitor his regular-season workload . . . GARY NEAL provides solid minutes in this rotation, mostly at the point, and is able to consistently knock down threes . . . DANNY GREEN's rotation spot is in a bit of peril. He was too much of an offensive liability in last year's Western Conference Finals . . . NANDO de COLO is a combo guard who can provide instant offense off the bench. He can shoot it and does a nice job getting to the line . . . PATTY MILLS steps in as another viable option in this loaded backcourt . . . CORY JOSEPH's roster spot is in jeopardy after a middling D-League season. FORWARDS: TIM DUNCAN will continue to save it up for the playoffs. He still has plenty left in the tank, but he'll get tons of rest in March and April and more and more often defers to Tony Parker on offense when he does play . . . There's plenty to like about KAWHI LEONARD, who proved to be useful on both ends of the court last season. He'll be asked to be a little more aggressive offensively this year and should even have a couple of sets designed for him . . . STEPHEN JACKSON was a bit of a disaster in Milwaukee before landing with the Spurs last year. He's another veteran who will be paced during the regular season. And while he's been a facilitator in the past, he's really just a catch-and-shoot guy in San Antonio . . . MATT BONNER will continue to come off the bench and hoist some threes. CENTERS: BORIS DIAW's pick-and-pop ability makes him Popovich's top choice in the center rotation . . . TIAGO SPLITTER looks to be a career second-unit guy. He works hard and can defend, but he's just too clunky on the offensive end . . . DeJUAN BLAIR can pick up some cheap baskets, but his lack of offensive skills and defensive size makes him a fringe rotation player.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (GOLDEN STATE-SAN ANTONIO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Warriors-Spurs Preview* ========================
Golden State At San Antonio, Game One, 9:30 p.m. EDT
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pokes fun at questions from reporters all the time and can be easily irritated and annoyed, especially after losses, which is what made his reaction to Stephen Curry sinking seven 3-pointers in Golden State's 116-106 win over San Antonio last month such a rare scene.
"It's actually fun to watch," Popovich said following the game in Oakland on April 15, when he rested most of his starters. "Everybody hates losing, but I enjoyed watching a talented kid perform the way he did, and he does it with class."
Curry can captivate almost any audience in a way almost nobody else can, and he's led the Warriors to the second round against the Spurs starting Monday night in San Antonio, where Golden State has lost an astonishing 29 straight visits.
What makes Curry so compelling might be the simplest of basketball skills: shooting.
All of 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Curry controls games without ever overpowering defenders. His shooting stroke might be the best on the planet right now, and when he gets going, nobody has found a way to slow him down.
"He has a gift that you can count on your hand how many people have," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Everyone wants to be a shooter. And then you look at him, he looks like a baby. And he's smiling and he never gets out of character and he's a class act. I just think at the end of the day people see him and say, `Man, that's how I want my son to be.'"
The diminutive guard who dazzled during Davidson's run to the regional finals of the 2008 NCAA tournament has stolen the NBA spotlight this season - especially in the playoffs - the way he did in college.
Curry scored a career-high 54 points against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, and he also had 47 points at the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12. In the Game 4 win over Denver in the first round, Curry had perhaps his finest moment: he scored 22 of his 31 points in a 6-minute, 22-second span of basketball bliss.
On the ball or off the dribble, the quick-shooting guard showed the kind of range that helped him make 272 3-pointers in the regular season - three more than Ray Allen's record set in 2005-06 with Seattle.
"You just have confidence and try to make an imprint because the opportunity is huge right now," Curry said. "It's a big stage. I have to live up to it."
Injuries remain a concern for Curry even now. He sprained his left ankle in Game 2 against Denver and has been somewhat hobbled ever since.
Curry said he took an injection that has "just a heavy dose of an anti-inflammatory" in his ankle after Game 3 and before Game 4 against the Nuggets for the first time in his career. He said the shot lasts for about six hours and helps ease the pain - but doesn't completely numb it.
Curry isn't counting on taking another shot before Game 1 on Monday night in San Antonio. If anything, his teammates believe the Spurs might need a remedy to quiet Curry.
"Any time he's in the half court he's in range. You scratch your head and the shot is going in," said center Andrew Bogut, who had 14 points and 21 rebounds in the decisive Game 6 versus Denver. "So as long as he keeps shooting the ball the way he is, the sky is the limit for us."
While the spotlight is clearly fixed on Curry entering this series, Kawhi Leonard's emergence has given the Spurs their own rising star.
"He's tremendous," Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack said. "I think in a year or two he's definitely going to be one of the top small forwards in this league, somebody who is going to be a potential All-Star candidate."
Not that Leonard is at all interested in extra attention.
"Right now I'm just here to win games," he said. "It doesn't matter what the nation thinks about my game. I have goals set for myself. I want to reach my own goals; I'm not trying to reach anyone's expectations for myself."
Leonard's development in his second season was critical to San Antonio finishing second in the West and capturing the franchise's 19th division title.
With injuries limiting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and, especially, Manu Ginobili this season, Leonard has arguably become 3A among the Spurs' Big 3.
"He's a heck of a basketball player," Jackson said. "They got a steal in the draft - a guy that knows how to play, that was ready to play and does everything the right way on the floor. His ability to defend, compete, understands his role, has the ability to be a guy that can wait for those guys to make plays but he also has the ability to be facilitate and be a playmaker. The future is extremely bright for him. You can see, at some point, the passing of the torch."
Leonard averaged 11.9 points during the regular season while shooting 49 percent from the field, and upped those marks to 12.3 and 55.3 percent in a first-round sweep of the Lakers.
The 6-foot-7 forward was third on the team in scoring this season, the first time anyone other than the Big 3 has cracked the top three since Ginobili's rookie season in 2003.
Leonard has also become one of the Spurs' top defenders, regularly guarding opponents' primary scorers such as the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
"He's a big key in what we do," said Parker, who averaged 22.3 points in the first round. "He's improving and we need him to have a good series against (Golden State)."
The Spurs will need huge contributions from Leonard and all their perimeter players to offset the Warriors.
The Warriors are averaging 107.2 points per game in the playoffs, including a league high in points this postseason with a 131-117 win over Denver in Game 2.
San Antonio held Los Angeles to 85.3 points in sweeping that series, but the Lakers were without Bryant. The Spurs don't have that luxury against the Warriors.
Curry is averaging 24.5 points in the postseason and a league high 9.3 assists.
"He's like a (Kevin) Durant, a very good shooter," Parker said. "He's a great scorer. Right now he's on a roll. He's playing great basketball so it's going to be a good challenge."
While much attention will be paid defensively to Curry, the Spurs know they cannot focus exclusively on him.
Jack and Klay Thompson each shot 40 percent from 3-point range this season, with Thompson going 211 for 526.
"All three are the same," Ginobili said. "Even Jarrett Jack that is not supposed to be one of the better shooters in the league, he shot 40 for the season. All three are very skilled shooting well and that's why they are in the second round."
Golden State has not won in San Antonio since Feb. 14, 1997 - when Duncan was a senior in college.
"I said it before, it's not our history," Jackson said. "We haven't gotten it done for two years, but we are a team that's more than capable of going into somebody else's building and beating them. We feel confident and comfortable about that. That's not an easy task; but we're excited about going to San Antonio and facing them. We don't pay any attention to what history says. Because that body of work is not our body of work."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:30:41 AM EST|