In a game where the Warriors led by 16 points with just four minutes left in regulation, they seemed to have all the confidence thanks to a huge third quarter by Stephen Curry. Then, however, possibly the biggest call of the Warriors’ season came when Klay Thompson picked up his sixth personal foul for shoving Tony Parker out of bounds. At that point, Parker wasn’t having a terrific game. In the rest of the quarter, he was able to drive the ball like he usually does, and scored eight points in the final four minutes, and 16 in total for the rest of the game.
That’s some pretty high scoring, considering the fact that Thompson was effectively playing defense on him.
Instead of having a 2-0 lead, the Warriors left with a 1-1 split, and went on to lose Game 3, where the Spurs took back their home court advantage. Some may be happy with the Warriors doing all that they’ve done already, but this is a young and competitive team, which refuses to give up. This is why they’re only at a 3-2 deficit to the second seed.
It’s going to be a tough win if the Warriors get the series, but I’m more than confident they can get to a Game 7 and win it there. Think about the scenario, and imagine how well certain Warriors can handle pressure. We already know Harrison Barnes, who played in some high-intensity games in college, can do it. Mark Jackson will find a way to get Curry and Thompson open shots, and when under pressure, they can both deliver. Those are the three main scorers for the Warriors, and they can get it done.
Still, it would be more than nice for the Warriors to be up 3-2 in the series, coming home to an explosive crowd, rather than being down 3-2, coming back to a worried crowd.
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