May 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates after the basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter of game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Debate: Is Game 5 A Must-Win for the Golden State Warriors?


May 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates after the basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter of game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In literal terms, game five is of course not actually a must-win, but mentally, it could be. For instance, the Golden State Warriors have a great roster and all, but they’re at mercy to the San Antonio Spurs, who are one of the most experienced teams in the NBA, especially in the postseason.

It’s going to be hard for the Warriors to pull off a series win, but they have a lot of heart and the toughness to do it, so why not?

The fact of the matter is that the Warriors didn’t play well enough to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. While only winning two road games in the playoffs so far seems menial, it’s actually significant considering the type of home-court advantage that the Warriors have. The Spurs may have stolen that advantage away, but the Warriors are capable of winning in San Antonio.

If the Warriors win Game 5, they’re going to be coming back to Oracle as “pumped” as any other team, ready to knock off the No. 2. It’s definitely realistic at this point, as they’ve played better in San Antonio than they have at the Oracle. Not just better there, but better than the Spurs, who don’t have too lively of a home crowd. Taking them out of the equation isn’t a tough task. This is why the Warriors could put the Spurs away in six games.

Unfortunately for them, the Spurs don’t fall so easily at home, and it’ll be yet another tough task for them. If they don’t win Game 5, they’ll come home to an hyped up crowd and, knocking on wood, will take Game 6. If all goes like that and the Warriors are going to have to play a Game 7 in San Antonio, this may mean the end of the season. Considering the inexperience of the Warriors, it’s going to be tough to win a Game 7 on the road against the second seed.

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