Golden State Warriors (4-1) at San Antonio Spurs (4-1)
5:30 p.m. Pacific
AT&T Center - San Antonio, Texas
TV: CSNBA/HD | Radio: KNBR
Buddy blog: Pounding the Rock
Today you get a double-dose of me previewing tonight’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. And through the miracles of technology and multimedia, you can consume them simultaneously! Our latest episode of Golden State of Mindcast (the GSOM podcast, in case you’ve been living under a soundproof rock) dropped this morning. Go check it over there, get it in your ears, and come back here and get this in your eyes. I promise it won’t sting.
Dang, just one paragraph into the post and I’ve already lied. Because this definitely stings: the Warriors haven’t won in San Antonio during the regular season since the 1997. In that game, the immortal Joe Smith dropped 20 and 13 on the Spurs — but only went 6 for 20 from the field in getting there, and in 45 minutes. They should show this game on NBA TV Classics.
This one might sting a little: the last time the Warriors played the Spurs, they eliminated GS from the playoffs. Yeah, we did finally take one in San Antonio during that series, and a playoff win is better than a regular season win — especially for the Warriors, whose every playoff win must feel like a championship in itself.
This one won’t sting a bit: the Warriors are playing really, really good basketball. Defense has been stellar: currently second in the league in lowest points allowed per possession, sixth in points scored per, and first in the infamous Pythagorean Wins. And first in pace — this team is winning, playing great defense, scoring lots of points, and doing it in the most exciting ways.
So, basically, the Warriors have thus far lived up to their preseason hype, further solidifying their place in national conversations, and in our hearts.
And now the team returns to San Antonio, looking to test their forging mettle in a season of ascension to that upper echelon of Western Conference crème de la crème. It’s early, but this game probably means more to the Warriors than any game they’ve played to this point. (Except maybe the division matchup against the Clippers, but that game never happened, don’t worry about it.) Let’s see where our Warriors stand.
- Klay Thompson stays hothothot, drops 28 with six threes made.
- Stephen Curry shakes off Wednesday’s scary ankle moment and cooks Tony Parker like a cassoulet.
- Marco Belinelli takes an off-balance pull-up mid-range jumper, makes it, and then we all remember that he looks like a young Sylvester Stallone. Atma, let’s bring back web pins!
- Warriors win by 13, because why would they win by less than double digits?