Spurs rally to beat Curry-less Warriors
The Golden State Warriors lost their star player last week and the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in a back-and-forth race against the clock.
The Golden State Warriors are hoping to have their star player Stephen Curry back in time for the playoffs after he suffered a foot injury last week. His absence was definitely felt on Sunday when the Warriors fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 110-108.
Back-and-forth missed FTs and rebounds
The Warriors' biggest problem was turnovers. They actually held the Spurs to 38.8% shooting, but committed 15 turnovers. Those turnovers resulted in 22 points by the Spurs. The Warriors were down often, but made several comebacks. Problem is, the Spurs shot down every single comeback attempt. It went on like that throughout the whole game.
In the third quarter, the Warriors had made another comeback, but then Draymond Green got called for a technical, argued it, and then was ejected from the game. With him out and Curry gone, and Klay Thompson's seven consecutive missed shots, things weren't looking so golden for the Warriors.
Thompson, with the help of Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Nemanja Bjelica, Otto Porter Jr., and Jonathan Kuminga, brought the Warriors back into the game again, but again, the Spurs took back the lead in the fourth.
At the end of the game, with just seconds left, the two teams were tied 107-107. Poole missed a three-point attempt and then things got a bit bizarre. The rebound from Poole's miss was batted around for a while before eventually landing in Wiggins' hands, who was then fouled by San Antonio with three seconds on the clock. He made his first free throw, putting the Warriors back in the lead, but then missed the second. The Spurs grabbed the rebound, but then the Warriors' Kevin Looney was called for a foul while wrestling for the rebound. That put Spurs' Kakob Poeltl at the free throw line. He made the first free throw, tying the game up again. Then, he missed the second by a long shot, more roughness ensued trying to get the ball back again, before it finally ended up in the hands of Spurs' Leldon Johnson, who finally ended the misery, hitting the game-winning shot with three tenths of a second left on the clock.
''We played hard through the whole game, but in the NBA you've got to be ready from tipoff,'' Warriors player Nemanja Bjelica said. "Without Steph, we've got to play smarter. Everyone wants to win on this team, but sometimes we need to just slow down and do some smarter things on the court.''
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the team needs to have more urgency going into the end of the season, and especially without Curry.
The Warriors play the Magic in Orlando on Tuesday and the Spurs take on the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday.