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Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 10:19 am  |  35 responses

Post Up: Throw Your Dubs Up

The Warriors win to tie the series up at two.

Warriors 97, Spurs 87 F/OT (Series tied 2-2)

“I’m committed to them, and they are committed to me.” —Warriors head coach Mark Jackson

When a fight commences, you’re either committed to it or you’re not. If you go into a fight half-stepping, you’re sure to lose (with a new black eye or two). But if you’re committed to the fight, then dealing with a body blow (a compromised Stephen Curry ankle for example) or an unexpected counter hook (early foul trouble for the Warriors bigs) is just part of the process.

The Golden State Warriors overcame many a body blow and counter hooks on Sunday afternoon as their 97-87 victory over the San Antonio Spurs not only evened the series 2-2, but they also hit the Spurs with punches they probably didn’t see coming in the form of Harrison Barnes and Jarrett Jack.

The usage of Barnes was key for Golden State as Curry wasn’t at 100 percent on the court. Barnes came out like a young fighter who eagerly just wanted to hit the target. Sure, maybe not all of the punches would connect (Barnes shot just 9-26 from the field) but all of that output has an effect on the opponent. The Spurs became weary, they did things they don’t normally do (like keeping a 6-4 Gary Neal on a 6-8 Barnes) and they left themselves exposed. Barnes’ youthful energy and assertiveness paid off, as his 26 points and 10 rebounds anchored a Warriors attack that needed a boost. Jarrett Jack’s 22 points proved to be timely scoring punch needed, especially in the fourth quarter, as he became the Dubs main guy to create something 1-on-1.

The Spurs, who had led throughout much of the game, saw their lead dissipate in the second half in way that we’re  not accustomed to seeing. Poor shot selection, missed free throws, lapses on defense, the Spurs looked like what we’d expect the Warriors to look like in this scenario—young and inexperienced, rattled by the raucous home crowd.

“We put ourselves in a position to win the game and it’s frustrating because we feel like we gave it away.” —Spurs forward Tim Duncan

The Spurs would score just 15 points in the last 13 minutes of regulation plus the overtime period. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could only sit on the bench and stare off into wonderland, wondering where his team that played so masterfully on Friday evening went, and who this group of guys that played to such a substandard level on Sunday afternoon was.—Eduardo Maisonet, III / @edthesportsfan

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  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Is it me, or are the Warriors getting really, really scary?

  • Max

    The Spurs are not playing like the Spurs right now..

  • Bruce Leroy

    The Spurs are showing their age. Their “young” point guard is in his 30′s and Manu isn’t healthy for more than a month straight anymore. This might be their last gasp, because the new guard is rising up. This potential Griz vs. Dubs Conference Finals looks like it could be fun to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    I’m hopping on their bandwagon for the playoffs, this team is crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    I don’t think being 30 justifies being called, in his 30′s thats still sort of his prime. Manu did step up last night though

  • Kadavour

    Tony Parker has has the toughest matchup in the playoffs this year, it’s very tough for him to cover Steph (even when they switch DG on him because he gets caught in cross matches) and maintain his production.

  • LakeShow

    It’s not the regular season right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Spurs are still in position to win the series.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the series is 2-2. And they don’t have homecourt. I don’t see what is so scary about 2 good games out of 4.

  • Max

    But not playing like they should.
    Imo they don’t even deserve to be tied up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    or Golden State doesn’t. Playing this well, and still not being up in the series. I mean, it’s pretty clear who the actual better team is, isn’t it?

  • Max

    That’s basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh god. just wait till you guys see the all defensive teams. smh

  • RayJr

    This series is so up and down. Just when you think the ole faithful Spurs veterans will take over, they can’t execute. Then, when you think the younger Warriors will outrun SA, they can’t make shots. Who knows in this one because both of these teams have been stealing games from each other. Great series though.

  • LakeShow

    1st team is good(not perfect), 2nd team is bad.

  • LakeShow

    My guess is he is talking about their future…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ooooooh, then yeah, scary.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    1st team is awful. horrible. and embarrassing.

  • spit hot fiyah

    just saw it, tyson and ibaka were reaches imo. nice to see bradley get recognition eventhough he missad so many games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Tyson is complete bullsh*t. Ibaka is complete bullsh*t. Bradley is complete bullsh*t.
    .
    Andre Iguodala was the best, or 2nd best defensive guard in the league this season. Assuming attention was paid.
    .
    Ibaka and Tyson were both good, but neither was better than Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Tim Duncan, or Larry Sanders.
    .
    The all defensive team is a total disaster.
    .
    It reflects last season, if you really look at it. Seems like the coaches are voting a year behind. Because i really wouldn’t have a problem with this all defensive team last year aside from Serge Ibaka.

  • LakeShow

    Hmm, I saw the wrong one I suppose.
    The one I saw had Bradley, Allen, James, Ibaka, Howard.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That isn’t any better

  • i_ball

    Really strange game from the Spurs. They missed free throws and couldn’t make shots when it mattered.

  • davidR

    3 good games out of 4. they should’ve won that first one, but didn’t close it out

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah, games are 48 minutes. Not 44. It’s a bad game if you fall apart at the end.

  • davidR

    serge on first team. sigh. at least they got TA and noah right. 2nd team is pretty good.

    who would your first team be?

  • Max

    The 2nd all defensive team is better than the 1st..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Uhm, obeying the positional rules,
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    1st – Allen, Iguodala, George, James, Noah
    2nd – Conley, Bradley, Leonard, Garnett, Gasol.
    .
    But my real top 10 without the position crap is on the all defense page

  • LakeShow

    Slightly better haha.

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  • The Fury

    I hope this “they’re a regular season team (all teams in general)” stops, in basketball it’s either you win or you lose. They make the playoffs and they lose in the playoffs. So any team besides the Champion of the current year is a “regular season” team??

  • LakeShow

    You know what i’m saying.
    They haven’t made it to the Finals in 7 years…
    They just shouldn’t be considered favorites to get to the finals anymore.

  • The Fury

    Not a lot of teams has made it to the Finals in the last 7 years or so. Lakers had been swept for most of the time the past couple of years, and yet they are always considered as “favorites” or “contenders”. It’s basketball man, you know what I’m saying also. ;)

  • LakeShow

    For sure dood. I get it.

    The Spurs need one more young guy in the back court that can play both sides. Then I would like their chances better.

    Manu scares me.

  • The Fury

    I think that’s why Pops been playing Cory Joseph, I think he’s starting to train the young fella (in an actual nba game) to be that two way player. But only Pop knows. lol

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