Everyone was saying that now that the Warriors had stolen homecourt advantage — which the Spurs have just stolen back — that they would have control of the series. Unfortunately for them, they were outlasted by the Spurs tonight, who played the perimeter defense, and shut down the Warriors’ shooters in a cold night. The Spurs took the crowd out of the equation and silenced Roaracle Arena for Game 3. The Warriors now seem less likely to win the series, but you never know. Tonight, the Spurs won decisively 102-92.
The Warriors really got into a physical game today, and stuck with a small lineup, which really wasn’t effective. Klay Thompson wasn’t able to play the defense he thought he was so good at, as Tony Parker was able to score 32 points, grab five rebounds, and dish out five assists. Tim Duncan, who was guarded by Bogut had yet another great game with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
The Spurs really won the game in the first quarter, where the Warriors dug themselves a whole that they couldn’t get out of. The rest of the quarters were pretty even.
Stephen Curry and Thompson combined for just 33 points, with 12 made field goals and six made 3-pointers. Not too bad on average, but compared to the other games where the Warriors came close to beating or did beat the Spurs, that was enough to get the job done. Now it’s up to the Warriors to try and tie the series, but they’ll have to win game five in San Antonio if they want to win the whole series.
It was a bit of an off night for the Warriors, who had their fans to support them in screaming matches, but after tying the game on several occasions, the Warriors were never quite able to take the lead. A simple timeout taken by Gregg Poppovich did onders for the Spurs. It’s up to the Warriors and Mark Jackson to see how they’re going to respond in a pivotal Game 4.