San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gestures to an official while playing the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their NBA first-round playoff series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 16, 2018. The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 116-101. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Here’s a quick question: Do you think the Spurs can beat the Warriors four out of five times?

Because that’s what San Antonio will have to do to win this first-round playoff series with Golden State.

If you, like me, answered “no”, then you understand how important Monday’s Game 2 was.

The final score — Warriors 116 – Spurs 101 — wasn’t indicative of the true nature of the contest. This was a close game, but ultimately the overwhelming truth of this series rung true once again: San Antonio doesn’t have the talent to keep up with the Warriors.

That said, the Warriors will have to play significantly better in Game 3 in San Antonio if they want to wrap up this series in four games — the Spurs are a much better team at home and the Warriors showed, at least for a half, that they can keep San Antonio in a game with turnovers.

This series is over, but it’s still going to be interesting.

Here’s what else we learned in a pivotal Game 2:

The Spurs wanted a rock fight, and for a while, they got one
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Spend enough time with the Golden State Warriors and you’re bound to hear the word once, twice, or a few hundred times:

Joy.

The Warriors want to play an up-tempo, free-wheeling, offensive game — they want to play with joy.

In Saturday’s Game 1, the Warriors were able to do that — even without Stephen Curry in the lineup.

But the first half of Game 2 was was anything but joyful for Golden State.

There’s a reason that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is considered one of the best (if not the best) coach in NBA history — after learning (or having his suspicion confirmed to him) in Game 1 that his team could absolutely, positively, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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