Shout out to the late Dennis Green for this one, it's only fitting with the type of lead the Spurs lost last night. Up by 20 points at halftime the Spurs were cruising to a game 1 victory at Oracle that would've shocked the world. Instead, everything that could've possibly went wrong, did go wrong. At halftime, if I were a gambling man I would've put my life on the Warriors in the second half. I mean really it's common sense, how many times have we seen them come out cold, and then in the second half go on some crazy run, somehow winding up winning by 20. Well, last night wouldn't go exactly like that, although it would lead to the same result.
The Spurs are up 20 at halftime, then with about 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter Kawhi Leonard goes down after spraining his ankle by landing on Zaza Pachulia's foot. They were up 23 points when he exited the game. That means they had a 23 point lead with 20 minutes left to play, pretty solid cushion. Obviously, it wasn't enough. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant went on an offensive tirade making shot after shot, seeming like they never really missed. Thompson and Green were kinda non factors offensively which was nice for the Spurs to no have to worry about. Curry and Durant were already too much for them to handle, though, as the Spurs watched their lead diminish quickly.
With under 2 minutes to go in regulation it was Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge trading buckets. I'll tip my cap to Aldridge, he finally stepped up, made some big plays when he needed to late, but he clearly needed that other scoring option. Ginobili had a clutch bucket late, but the Warriors were too much offensively, threes are worth more than twos, and eventually that started adding up. Warriors won the game 113-111, Spurs only hope at winning a game on the road is lost, inevitably leading them to get swept, or eliminated after 5 games. Who knows if Kawhi is coming back, I doubt the Spurs can duplicate this performance even if he does, so I won't bother getting my hopes up. The Warriors are who we thought they were, a good team full of softest kids you know. A team that would've gotten bullied in the 80's and 90's. A team that's apparently impossible to beat even when they go down by 20 plus. 'll let Dennis Green finish this rant for me.