I took a break. Had to work. Both real and school. Also going to work? Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. Ballin’ out of control just like they did against the Nuggets.
Steph Curry show! I mean I’m torn. I’m a basketball fan before I’m a Spurs fan so seeing someone ballin’ like that? It’s awesome. Seeing it happen against my Spurs? Gut-wrenching.
Seriously though. The dude is doing it with quickness and shooting. He has just enough wiggle to get to the lane that keeps you honest while he unlocks that sweet jumper. An uncomfortable sense of frustration comes over the team but worse is feeling the need to match. Every non-matching shot by our guys feels desperate and inadequate. The good news is that the lead isn’t something crazy and the Warriors don’t have matching fourth quarters (usually).
Of all the scoring Steph did, the most frustrating are the driving scoops. Those represent a break-down of the defense. Harrison Barnes grabbed a missed scoop and punched it. The little mini-breakdown felt less like the Spurs stemming the tide than it did GS getting cocky.
Ginobili starts out the fourth with a nice scoop. Steph responds with some more beautiful basketball. He’s doing the driving and kicking that we need Parker to do. He’s hitting the threes we need Gary Neal to hit. This is our nightmare.
The lead, once back down to ten, is now at sixteen. Eight minutes remain. The Warriors’ last couple of misses weren’t good defense just fortunate rolls for us. Neal misses a wide open rhythm jumper. Kawhi misses a follow up one off the rebound. I refill my cup with more drink to sustain me for the rest of this game.
Aaaand Steph just won’t stop. This time another scoop. Dude has 38 points. Routinely blowing by and scoring over our best defender(s). Mama, there goes that man.
I slipped out to do some Sports Walking of my Dog. I’m checking the phone. It is 102-88. Three minutes or so left.
I walk back in and TP scoops his way to the basket. A turnover. Another basket. There is life in these gray jerseys yet! Spurs cut the lead to 104-96! Some life with two minutes left. Now a stop. Things are looking good. The ten people in the AT&T Center will go crazy if we can get another basket right here, right now.
A turnover! TP tries to kick it back instead of looking at the cutter. Dick Jefferson’s corpse looks to get some revenge as he flies into the open court. He’s fouled before he can punch it though. If he misses these … I’ll laugh.
RJ clangs both! (Of course). KAWHI HITS A THREE. 1 KAWHI BLOCKS STEPH CURRY. TONY ATTACKS THE BASKET FOR TWO. THE LEAD IS ONLY THREE POINTS.
ANOTHER STOP. The lead is now down to one after a couple of freebies from Diaw. Spurs are on a 15-0 run here. Steph gets the ball on the wing. Does his little dance. He’s toying with us. I can totally see a soul-crushing shot-clock beating three over two guys right here. A miss! He shot it too long on a fadeaway from the left baseline! But. But the Warriors got the rebound. That reminds me that when I checked the stats as I walked the dogs we were being out-rebounded and out shot. Now we need another stop … and don’t get it. Jack hits a pull-up on Tony Parker that looks like something Chauncey Billups used to do when he was good. I’m okay with it. I don’t know how many stops in a row that was just then but you can’t realistically expect to get all of them. Now down three what do we do? Quick shot? Go for the tie? Steph Curry lurks no matter what.
DANNY GREEEN YA’LLL
Clutch three. Now, just have to stop Steph Curry from getting a shot off. You know, what we couldn’t do all night until just a few minutes ago. He’s working. Dribbling. Dancing. Get’s caught up! Tosses up a prayer that rims off harmlessly. 2 OVERTIME.
As always, these things are like a completely different game. The momentum could be with us but I can’t shake the thought of the energy we expended trying to come back. It looks like we did, in fact, use it all up. Golden State looks like the team that stormed out to the 18-point lead. We look tired. It ain’t over though. The Spurs are defended and trading baskets. Diaw hits a three to tie! Danny Green flies by two guys for the lead! We get a stop!
I realize I will need more to drink for the rest of this game. Steph won’t make it easy. After a series of terrible misses, he attacks the basket off a turnover to tie it at 113. No Timmy. Do we go to TP again? Gino? Looks like Kawhi, the new star ya’ll. Turnaround fadeaway in the post to put us up two. I’m stoked.
Steph misses another. Let’s end this thing, ya’ll. One basket puts it at a two possession game. Tony is dancing. Pick and roll from the top of the key. Pull up! … Miss. No rebound. Jarrett Jack scores. It’s tied.
This won’t be easy. I hate when I’m right.
It’s last shot time. Who takes it? Kawhi feels like the right option but he needs Tony to feed him. Do we post him? Nah. He’ll get swarmed down there in that time. I don’t know if he’s ready to deal from the post in that situation. Timmy makes an appearance after a foul.
Let’s do this.
Gino gets the ball on the wing. Pulls up with two seconds left … the ball ricochets off the backboard.
More free basketball. I probably will die.
Well after that initial series of turnovers and missed shots and flubbed rebounds we know that everyone is tired. This is good as long as Steph Curry is clanging ‘em. Golden State isn’t quite a one-man team but without that bit of magic they are pretty ordinary. This is as good a time to demonstrate superior execution as any.
Tony is out here missing. Steph is out here missing. Harrison Barnes is out here cashing threes, though. Tony responds with some spin button. Trading three for two is dangerous. Fouling Draymond Green means we are back down to a three-point deficit. Tony finally hits something farther out than two feet. Harrison Barnes … clanks a wide-open three! Offensive foul on the rebound! Chance for the lead!
GS leaves Boris Diaw wide open. He throws up some silliness that goes in! A stop! A Tony Parker jumper! Spurs up three! The Shrieking Lady is SHRIEKING!
The Ws get a couple points. Spurs are up two. We need about two baskets with this much time left 3. Tony, to Kawhi, to DANNY GREEEEEEEN.
That was so money ya’ll. Some clutch baskets down the stretch by practically the whole team 4.
Welp. Speaking of clutch shots, that miss from Gino after Golden State scored was not a clutch shot. Curry scoots down the lane and fingerrolls for two. Tony tries a spin in the lane. He falls after the miss. Curry scoops up the miss. Someone stupidly tries to steal it from him there. It’s like 5-on1. Golden State scores with 3 seconds left to go up one.
Series of time outs and false starts. Trading fouls with time outs.
For some reason Golden State left Ginobili wide open on the wing. He cashed a high-arcing shot. Finger in the air. Spurs are up two. I’m still dying. This is incredible.
Now a stop. That’s all that is needed.
1.2 seconds left.
Stopped. Jarrett Jack gets the last shot and I don’t know what to say about that game except that it was awesome. Diaw was incredible, too. He blocked Curry in that incredible run. Danny Green hit two or three huge bombs late/OT/OT2.
There are a ton of things to say. The Spurs lived up to the hype. They out-executed Curry’s magical Warriors. How much of a strategy is it to wait until Steph gets tired of cashing threes? How many times can we get a come back 18-2 run to tie? How many more times this series can the Spurs overcome being out-rebounded and shoot terrible in the first half?
We’ll see. Tonight I have a paper to write.
Go Spurs Go.
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1. It is worth noting that Tony Parker was the catalyst in all of Kawhi’s scores. Dude played with Curry aggressiveness (Tony’s fave word, ya’ll). [↩](#fnref:p49837416757-1)
2. I totally thought it was going in no matter how awful it looked. [↩](#fnref:p49837416757-2)
3. 1:21 [↩](#fnref:p49837416757-3)
4. As is necessary when you need to come back from 18 points. [↩](#fnref:p49837416757-4)