April 16, 2013
Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs
These two team might face each other in the first round of the Playoffs. Beating the Spurs in the postseason might be much harder than this.
By Stephen Lars
At 46-35 for the season, it is safe to say that the Golden State Warriors are having a good season so far. They are in a good place to go into the postseason and maybe even advance past the first round. Guided by the talented Steve Curry, the Warriors made the best of the occasion and took a 116-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Oracle Arena in Oakland. After dropping last night’s game against the LA Lakers, it was up to head coach Gregg Popovich to rest his big stars and start a couple of second stringers instead. The Spurs came out with Matt Boner, Thiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair, Cory Joseph and Danny Green. This is certainly not the core that guided the San Antonio to a 58-23 season, but knowing that the top seed belonged to the Oklahoma City Thunder, there seemed to be no reason as to risk his starters and both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker remained in the bench all game long. Manu Ginobilli was out again. He hasn’t been able to play since he strained his hamstring on March 29.
En 46-35 para la temporada, es seguro decir que los Warriors de Golden State están teniendo una buena temporada hasta el momento.
The Warriors, on the other hand, came out with their top team. David Lee, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry guided the home team’s efforts throughout the night. After all, there is a very good chance that the second seeded Spurs might have to play either the Warriors or the Houston Rockets in the first round of the Playoffs. Perhaps this is why Golden State came out with all they had. Sure, the home team had a couple of injured players. But that didn’t change the facts. Golden State was without center Andrew Bogut who has been struggling with a bruised left ankle. Bogut has missed two straight games since reinjuring his surgically repaired ankle, and his status for the playoffs is bleak.
Stephen Curry finished the nigh with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He certainly got the fans involved as he was not only leading the team to a win in a hard fought game where both teams exchanged the lead 20 times. He also moved within one three point shot of matching Ray Allen’s single season record for three pointers made. Allen's mark of 269 3-pointers was set in the 2005-06 season when he played with the Seattle Supersonics. Curry shot 7-of-13 from behind the arc to get within one three point basket from matching the record. He would give it a go in the Warriors season finale on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry is shooting a remarkable 45.7 percent from long range and averaging 3.48 3s made over his 77 games played this season. That’s one heck of a performance and he is certainly the weapon of choice for the Warriors in the postseason."If you actually do the math on it, it's pretty crazy of a number," Curry said in the postgame press conference. "It's nice to be close. It means you're healthy and playing in pretty much every game and shooting the ball pretty well." And staying healthy is a big issue for Curry. Let’s not forget that his right ankle has been surgically repaired twice in his career.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.