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Warriors vs. Spurs - A gentlemen’s sweep, then?

After a disappointing missed opportunity, Golden State has got to put this series to bed tonight

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

In spite of grabbing every rebound ever, the Golden State Warriors couldn’t close out the first round series against the San Antonio Spurs in game four on Sunday. Through a sickening, yet all too familiar, symphony of tragedy that included bone-headed turnovers, missed shots, and blown defensive assignments, the Warriors pretty much handedvictory to the Spurs.

Tonight is the night of atonement

Coach Steve Kerr talked about it, various players have talked about it, and it just makes sense to anyone who watches basketball: the Warriors pretty much need to win this game.

Not in the most literal sense, of course, this isn’t an elimination game. However, a loss tonight would be disastrous on many levels. Resident basketball genius, Sleepy Freud had this to say:

Win and the guys get to stay in the Bay Area, with 3-5 days to rest and prepare before the next round, which promises to be significantly tougher than this one.

Lose and … ugh, everything terrible: 3,500 gratuitous extra miles of plane travel, extra wear and tear on everyone while Pels rest, a hostile, fired-up Spurs crowd, growing whispers of historic collapse, Skip Bayless crowing, etc., etc., etc.

I feel really good about our chances tonight, but I’m kinda nervous just cos the consequences of a loss are so dire.

So? Let’s do pretty much everything better than last time

The Warriors started the last game off with one of the ugliest stretches of basketball seen since the last time yours truly took to the court. Careless turnovers, no ball movement, and lack of energy on defense showed up early and stayed ‘till the end.

The Spurs had five players that reached double digits in scoring - including Dejonte Murray and Kyle Anderson. That can’t be allowed. Not in Oracle!

If I had to pick one guy to have a big game, I would pick two. Both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are going to take their poor shooting performances from the last game personally. I expect maximum firepower on display tonight.

A word on the Spurs

Regardless of whether or not they retire, I’d just like to give some short consideration to the greatness of Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili. These guys have been tearing up the NBA for more than a decade and deserve all the respect in the world.

I know I’m not alone in appreciating their games, nor wishing that their beloved coach Popovich was on the bench where he belongs. No matter how this season shakes out, it’s been a pleasure watching their dynasty.

Here’s our very own Quinn Cook talking about watching Tony Parker mix tapes (and stealing his spin move):

Prediction:

Warriors 2,215, Spurs 89

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