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Preview: Warriors look to close the series in Game 5

Warriors want to bounce back from Game 4 at home.

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Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs-Game Four Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

Game Details

WHO: Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

WHAT: Round 1, Game 5 — Warriors up 3-1 in series

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24; 7:30 p.m PST

WHERE: Oracle Arena , Oakland, CA

WATCH: TNT, NBCBA

LISTEN: 95.7 The Game

Blog Buddy: Pounding The Rock

Injury Report

Curry is once again out for Game 5 and will be re-evaluated. Patrick McCaw is still ailing with the lumbar spine contusion that he sustained during the March 31 game against the Kings.

LOCK IN AND LOCK IN EARLY

If you ask Shaun Livingston about Game 4, he’ll tell you that the game was lost in the first quarter. The Warriors committed 7 of their 16 turnovers in the first quarter of game four alone. Careless passes and several turnovers have been a bad habit that’s been steeped to annoying perfection in the regular season. It is understood that pass happy team like the Warriors will have to control the turnovers. However, they are disciplined enough not to turn the ball over like this:

Just like Livingston alluded to in his post game interview, this is what cost Golden State game four. However after Monday’s practice, Coach Steve Kerr says that the team is ready to bounce back and atone for those horrid turnovers. During the regular season, the Warriors averaged around 16 turnovers per game. If they commit less than 16 turnovers, the chances of them winning the game are very high.

In addition to taking care of the basketball, the Warriors must set the tone early on defense. In game one, the Warriors swarmed the Spurs on defense. JaVale McGee strapped up LaMarcus Aldridge, forcing him into 5-for-12 shooting and held him to 14 points. The rest of the Spurs’ starters fared no better. Expect the Warriors to force the Spurs into difficult shots along the perimeter and make anyone but Aldridge score. Also, look for the warriors to continue to crash the boards. In game 4, the Warriors out rebounded the Spurs I expect for Golden State to hustle for rebounds but to capitalize on their rebounding advantages in game 5.

Move the Ball.

The difference between the first 3 games and Game 4 was the fact that the Warriors moved the ball. In game four, the offense was ISO heavy. Kevin Durant had to ISO because everyone else struggled with their shot. In game five, the warriors should be mindful of their shot selection to minimize the offensive struggles. Klay Thompson struggled with his shot in game four and it seemed as if he spent most of the game looking for his shot and looking to find it from deep. Thompson shot 4-for-16 and 2-for-6 from deep. While it’s tempting to look for the ‘home run’, sometimes you have to take what you can get until you can develop a comfortable rhythm.

I still believe that the offense should run though Durant in the capacity of a point forward. Again, Durant will always get his points more often than not. Him scoring will not be an issue. Moving the ball to ensure others get involved could be. Thompson struggling with his shot was an outlier. I expect him to bounce back on Tuesday.

Prediction

This outcome was and is not a surprise to anyone. Most people had this series ending in five games and the Warriors advancing without Curry. The three games of intense focus and a game full of malaise was expected. The bounce back is expected as well.

Warriors 116- Spurs 98

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