The Warriors have made it to the second round, and now they can get into the real stuff. They struggled to put away the Denver Nuggets in the first round, and will have to play much better basketball, according to Richard Jefferson, if they want to beat the Spurs. It’s going to be very tough for them, but if they have the right mindset they’re going to pull it off.
Getting David Lee back for one game, even if it was briefly, was inspirational for the Warriors. Now that he’s had some more time to rehabilitate, he may be able to play 30 minutes per game, even though he was initially ruled out for the playoffs. Take note, Derrick Rose! It’s a good sign to see, but it’s certainly not enough to stop Tim Duncan, who has been his regular self at superstar level.
The Warriors haven’t won a game in San Antonio for 16 years, since Tim Duncan was drafted. That’s a hard number to overlook, but according to head coach Mark Jackson, the Warriors aren’t focused on it. It would be just as impressive if they can snap their lengthy losing streak, like they snapped Denver’s lengthy home winning streak. With a little bit of magic, which the Dubs seem to always find, it’s possible to pull off another upset. They have to get their hearts in the game, and I think that they’ve done that.
Matchup to Watch: Stephen Curry vs Tony Parker
Players to Watch: Gary Neal, Andrew Bogut, David Lee?
Leading Scorer: Stephen Curry
Winner: Spurs by 10
1. Stephen Curry vs Tony Parker
2. Klay Thompson vs Danny Green
3. Harrison Barnes vs Kawhi Leonard
4. Carl Landry vs Tim Duncan
5. Andrew Bogut vs Tiago Splitter