The Warriors walked through a wood-chipper in San Antonio, but they felt no pain due to the opiates still coursing through their blood from last night’s overtime win in Dallas. They did their best to make this one a game for about 32 minutes, but in the end they were blown out by the Spurs, who ran their winning streak to 19 games. That ties San Antonio with the 2008-09 Boston Celtics for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.
The photo on the right was my favorite part of this game, from a CSN Bay Area graphic that looked like a photo Klay Thompson would’ve posed for in 1954. My wife thought it looked like Klay’s senior portrait, which the judges will also accept.
Mark Jackson pulled a Gregg Popovich before the game started, giving Andre Iguodala and his sore knee a rest day on the second game of a back-to-back. That meant the Warriors were missing three starters, something the Spurs have been known to deal with several times over the last few years. Unlike Popovich’s group, the Warriors didn’t deal with it all that well, losing by 21 points.
Who got the start in place of Iguodala? Harrison Barnes, whose struggles with confidence (and shooting) we dissected yesterday. Against the Spurs, Harrison played poorly yet again. 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting, two rebounds and no assists in 36 minutes.
The Warriors jumped out to a (really) early lead, then quickly fell behind by double-digits and struggled to catch up throughout the game. They lowered the deficit to seven points with under five minutes to go in the third quarter, but the Spurs started paying attention again and went into blowout mode the rest of the way.
Stephen Curry looked exhausted throughout the game, while Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were at their best. Considering the injury situation and how the Warriors were already feeling pretty content with their two-game road trip (regardless of the outcome of this game), they had no chance in this one.
– “Since Mark has gotten there, they’ve certainly taken a jump and done very well and improved year after year,” said Gregg Popovich about Warriors head coach Mark Jackson. “It’s a matter of getting an opportunity and then sticking with it and having a group around you that can share a vision and has patience to get it done.”
– Question with no answer: why did they play “California Love” over the AT&T Center speakers during a Spurs possession when the GOLDEN STATE Warriors were in town?
– This game wasn’t torturous to watch until the end of the third quarter, in large part because Jordan Crawford and Marreese Speights are playing their asses off right now. Crawford took 18 shots to get 16 points, but the Warriors needed his fearlessness. Speights was incredibly efficient, grabbing nine rebounds and scoring 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
– Right now Crawford and Speights look like guys who’ll enjoy longer NBA careers than Barnes. That could very well change, but Barnes needs to start showing us something quickly or he’s going to stop getting gift starts when guys like Iguodala need to rest.
– Steve Blake hasn’t scored in three straight games (58 minutes).
– The Warriors have now lost 31 straight regular season games in San Antonio, but after winning a postseason game there last May it doesn’t seem like that big a deal.
– Hard to believe, but the Warriors (46-29) have seven games left.
Home: Sacramento, Utah, Denver, Minnesota
Road: L.A. Lakers, Portland, Denver
The Warriors should end up with 51 wins this season, minimum.