Saturday night the San Antonio Spurs remained perfect at home beating the Golden State Warriors 87-79 in the biggest game of the season which lived up to all the hype. The Warriors didn’t get blown out going up against a full Spurs squad while missing Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. Their bench was able to be effective and compensate some. Stephen Curry was quieted to a poor 4-18 shooting night with just 14 points. But San Antonio’s star forward Kawhi Leonard didn’t necessarily go off either, he had 18 points and a strong 14 rebounds.
What Saturday night confirmed is that the Spurs and the Warriors are the two best teams in the league and are both forces to be reckoned with on the defensive end. The game was close from start to finish; the Spurs couldn’t build a comfortable lead with the way the Warriors fought back with little runs. It wasn’t until the last two or three minutes of the game that the Spurs pulled away with the victory.
Here are my takeaways from the big match:
- The Spurs do not lose at home, much like the Warriors.
- These are very different teams but equally great and dominant.
- It lived up to the hype. The best NBA game we have seen all season.
- Everyone just watched a preview of the NBA western conference finals.
At this point I think most agree it’s a two-team race for the championship, however, if a seven game series started today between the Spurs and the Warriors I would give the slight edge to Golden State and here’s why. Both teams are having a historical season. Both teams have an MVP star player in their prime. Both teams are extremely well coached and neither has lost at home so far. But somehow the Warriors were able to completely dismantle the Spurs, minus Tim Duncan, at Oracle Arena while the Spurs won a close and hard fought game in San Antonio against a Warriors team without their starting and backup centers and their finals MVP in the lineup.
With Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr likely to rest guys as the playoffs near, we may not see a matchup between the two teams with their full squads until the postseason. I think it’s safe to say though, that when fully healthy neither of these teams should be heavily favored over the other. What seems more and more evident is that this inevitable series will be decided in seven games. Whichever team can execute down the stretch will come out victorious. It helps the Warriors to have a guy like Curry on the team who will always give you a shot to win. As for the Spurs, well, they’ve been here a lot over the years and are more trustworthy in the postseason than any other team.
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