OAKLAND, Calif. — Forgive the San Antonio Spurs if they aren’t that excited about holding a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
After all, they’ve been ahead twice before.
If the Spurs want to close out the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night at rowdy Oracle Arena, they’ll have to do what neither team has in this series: win consecutive games. Golden State also is 4-0 after a loss in the playoffs.
“Nobody talks about getting this over with like you’ve got a rash,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Like you can take a pill or put some cream on it, it’s going to be gone. This is a war. They’re a class team. They bust their (butts) at both ends of the floor. It’s not about getting rid of anything. It’s about going and playing and that’s about it.”
San Antonio has increasingly shown its veteran savvy the last three games, and Golden State has looked like it’s finally wearing down from all its injuries.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs overwhelmed the Warriors in Tuesday night’s 109-91 win in San Antonio. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — described by Coach Mark Jackson as the “greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history” — combined to score just 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Curry has refused to use the left ankle he sprained late in Game 3 as an excuse, but anybody who has watched can clearly see he has been slowed by the injury. Thompson, who failed to even attempt a 3-pointer for the first time all season Tuesday, has been shut down by San Antonio since scoring 34 points in Game 2.
Neither Curry nor Thompson was made available to speak to reporters during the team’s light shootaround Wednesday in Oakland. The rest of the Warriors insist they’re not worried about the “Splash Brothers” or the team’s ability to respond.