Kevin Durant On Track For Playoff Return
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 21:39
Curry added a game-high 11 assists for Golden State. The Spurs showed why they're a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.
With such big stakes on the line tonight, there will be no resting of the star players for Golden State. San Antonio pummeled Golden State, 129-100, in the season-opener. The Warriors appeared sluggish.
Kerr rested four of his starters in the Warriors' last meeting with the Silver and Black because they had played the night before and didn't arrive in San Antonio until the wee hours the next morning. They were playing for the second consecutive night after losing 103-102 at Minnesota the night before.
Curry and Thompson each connected on four triples. The Spurs swept Golden State 4-0 in 2013-14. And while some had to if the Warriors were to withstand his loss, that they managed to do so is significant. On this night, however, San Antonio's main reserves were ineffective.
NOTES: Warriors coach Steve Kerr notched his 200th victory, doing so faster than any coach in league history (238 games).
The Warriors only allowed 96.3 PPG during that 8-game stretch. PG Patty Mills has 582 career 3-pointers, one more than Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) looks on during the second half at AT&T Center.
Now San Antonio is three and a half games behind the Warriors in the West and the chances of catching Golden State are pretty slim. Green leads in assists with 7.1 and in steals with 2.1 per game.
However, Golden State has a knack for rising up in spots like this. For the past few weeks without Kevin Durant after the initial adjustment, they've played like a team that was an underdog.
ESPN's Marc Stein followed with a more specific timeline of when Durant could return to action. Then instead of digging themselves out by canning impossible 3s in ridiculously short-spanned flash runs, the Warriors reverted back to the team that won the title two seasons ago. Both teams clearly want to win as they hope to earn the #1 seed and home-court advantage for the entire playoffs.
The Spurs play five of their last nine games on their home floor. Golden State is 15-1-1 to the under their last 17 games. Kevin Durant has missed 15 of those games.
After the game, Harden said, despite his wrist hurting, he would keep playing. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 14-for-30 from 3-point range.
"I think the fit with the roster and Mike's philosophy has been ideal", Kerr said Tuesday night. They had a push on the total in the Sacramento game on March 24.