Will Warriors upset Spurs in rematch? NBA Predictions 3/29/17
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 7:06
So hot, in fact, that not only have Stephen Curry & Co. won nine straight, but they pulled off one of the biggest wins of the season on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The result that night, a 107-85 win for the Spurs, granted San Antonio any tiebreakers should the teams be knotted at the end of the season. Golden State shot 51.1 percent from the field with 33 assists, with the star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green accounting for 76 points on 30-of-57 shooting (52.6 percent) by themselves. But he shot just 5 of 20 - 1 of 9 on 3-pointers.
Spurs: Ginobili has played 987 regular-season games in his career, tying Hall of Famer David Robinson for third all-time in franchise history behind Tony Parker (1,136) and Tim Duncan (1,392). Durant hasn't played since February 28 after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in a game against the Washington Wizards and likely would need a few games to get back in the flow of the offense. The Warriors would lead by eight at one point before the Spurs pushed back a little and tied it up on a LaMarcus Aldridge and-one dunk in transition with three minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors came back from a 22-point deficit to beat the Spurs.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right front, attempts to shoot against San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, and Kyle Anderson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in San Antonio. With the victory, the Warriors join the 1995-96 and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls as the only teams in National Basketball Association history to post 30 road wins in consecutive seasons.
"It was nearly a little unrealistic to be up 20 so early against this team, then they started making plays starting making shots", said Pau Gasol. Rudy Gobert chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers for fourth place in the West and home-court advantage in the conference quarterfinals. Golden State proceeded to completely control the second half.
"It's attention to detail, knowing where their shooters are, especially in transition", Curry said. Obviously, Kevin Durant remains out, with the latest news predicting a return during the team's final three home games. Danny Green was be the leader of this quarter, with three 3-pointers. Most analysts expect the Warriors to overcome the Spurs in a potential playoff series but the Spurs would attain psychological edge with a 3-0 season sweep of Steve Kerr's team. With 5:01 remaining in the opening quarter, the Spurs led 23-3. Not that they care - if you remember what breaking the record and winning 73 games meant in the end last season. But, there are no injured players are there in San Antonio Spurs. Golden State's bench may be ragtag, and you can never really know what to expect from them, but they came alive on Wednesday, too.