|Western Conference - Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 2 - SAS Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1||5-0||3-2||108.8||49.8||48.7%||54.6||106.6||53.4||42.5%||52.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.9||51.3||38-83||46.1%||8-20||40.3%||17-21||78.7%||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)||101.7||51.0||39-85||45.4%||8-21||40.2%||16-21||79.2%||51||11||21||22||7||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.8||50.7||37-85||43.9%||8-23||34.6%||18-24||74.8%||51||11||23||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||99.1||49.8||37-82||45.6%||7-20||35.5%||17-23||74.9%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||103.8||52.2||38-84||45.4%||8-22||36.4%||19-26||75.4%||51||11||23||19||8||13||6|
|Last 5 Games||5-0||+5||4-1||3-2||109.0||51.4||47.8%||51.4||93.6||43.2||45.9%||50.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.4||51.4||39-82||48.1%||8-21||37.6%||17-21||79.3%||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)||104.8||53.9||40-82||49.3%||8-21||38.8%||16-21||79.7%||49||8||26||17||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.4||47.2||38-85||44.3%||6-18||34.9%||15-20||75.1%||50||11||21||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.7||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)||94.7||47.6||37-84||44.1%||6-18||35.5%||14-19||74.2%||48||10||21||20||9||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GOLDEN STATE 96.7, SAN ANTONIO 95.4|
|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||127-129||L||9||W||203||O||51-100||51.0%||65||21||46-105||43.8%||57||14|
|5/8/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/10/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/12/2013||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|
|5/8/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/10/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|5/12/2013||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Warriors-Spurs Preview* ========================
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press
Golden State At San Antonio, Game Two, 9:30 p.m. EDT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Even a day later, the San Antonio Spurs still found it difficult to explain how they won the opener of their second-round series against Golden State.
The Spurs overcame Stephen Curry's 44 points and became the first team in postseason history to rally from a 16-point deficit with 4 minutes remaining and earned a 129-127 victory in double overtime on Monday.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.
"I don't know how we managed to tie the game," Manu Ginobili said Tuesday. "We had some really big shots before regulation, in the first overtime and second overtime. It got us the win, but not sure if we deserved it."
After missing seven straight shots, Ginobili hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to hand Golden State its 30th straight loss in San Antonio going back to Feb. 14, 1997.
It was a thrilling game, but one the Spurs are eager to push aside.
"Forget about it; it is over," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "You can enjoy it for a short period of time, but now all that matters is the next game."
Popovich wants the Spurs to move on because he knows the Warriors can get over a tough loss.
Golden State won three straight in the opening round after dropping the series opener to Denver.
Overcoming that loss to the Nuggets gave the young Warriors a boost in confidence, as did Monday's loss.
"We were the better basketball team for the most part of that game," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "Now we did some things that we've got to do better, but we've got to leave that game feeling good about where we are."
The Warriors feel especially good about Curry's performance.
The guard had 44 points, including 22 in the third quarter. He also had 11 assists.
Curry shot 9 for 12 in the third and was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers. At one point in the third quarter, he lost his dribble, calmly scooped up the ball and made a jumper from the top of the key in one fluid motion that exasperated Tony Parker.
Limiting Curry's production in Game 2 is key to San Antonio preserving its home-court advantage.
"We'd like to figure out how to hold Curry below 40," Popovich said. "I've got like 10 phone calls out for people asking for suggestions. He's unbelievable, unbelievable. He's something to watch.
"Obviously, we'll try to see if we can figure out some way to limit him a little bit. It's pretty obvious that's a god idea."
The Spurs held Curry to six points following the third quarter after giving the defensive assignment to Kawhi Leonard, who is 6-foot-7.
"Kawhi did a good job of just running me off the 3-point line and funneling me to help and relying on that second line of defense to step up," Curry said. "There are certain plays where I looked at the film and I could have attacked a different angle or on different spots on the floor and still got my jumper off against Kawhi. I'll make my adjustments there."
The Spurs also benefited from Klay Thompson fouling out.
Thompson had 19 points and five rebounds while defending Parker for much of the game. Parker had 16 points in the fourth quarter and two overtimes.
"The fact that Thompson was out of the game helped a little bit (defensively against Curry), too," the Spurs' Boris Diaw said. "That's more help, more shift, but we tried different things. He's a great player, he's tough to stop. I think he got tired too because it was a long game, but we had to try different things, tried to help a little more at the end of the game."
Curry said while his legs felt a little heavy at the end of regulation, he actually felt stronger in the overtimes.
Slowing Curry helped the Spurs close regulation on an 18-2 run to force overtime, despite losing Tim Duncan for much of the final stretch to a stomach bug.
Duncan left the game with 3 minutes left in regulation and only played the final seconds of each overtime.
Duncan said he was feeling better Tuesday morning.
"I was in the locker room watching it as we were getting closer and closer," Duncan said. "I debated whether even coming back out there. Whatever superstition or whatever it may be, I wanted to stay right where I was. It felt bad coming out there and they get a lead again, but was just great to see everything going the way we wanted it go."
Ginobili's game-winning 3-pointer came 43.7 seconds after he took an ill-advised 3 that appeared to cost the Spurs the game when Kent Bazemore's reverse layup gave the Warriors a 127-126 advantage with 3.9 seconds left.
"I went from wanting to trade him on the spot to wanting to cook breakfast for him tomorrow morning," Popovich said.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 12:03:01 AM EST|