In what was another historic night in San Antonio Spurs history, the silver and black defeated the Golden State Warriors, 94-82. With the win the Spurs eliminated the Warriors, and punched their ticket to a second straight Western Conference Finals appearance. The appearance is also the Spurs 8th in the Tim Duncan era, and 12th in franchise history.
Since there was no basketball to watch Friday night, I decided to re-watch Game 6 of Spurs/Warriors, while I wrote a retro diary of the game like I didn’t already know the outcome.
We’re doing this slideshow style, so use the arrow keys to move between each quarter. Hope you all enjoy it!
1st Quarter, 11:40 remaining: Tiago Splitter just blew a layup after Harrison Barnes’ presence scared him or something. I’m already reaching for some vodka.
7:55 Parker penetrates deep into the paint, draws a triple team around him, passes it to Green in the corner for three. Everyone on the Warriors bench yells to distract him, except for Richard Jefferson. Swish. Green turns back to the Warriors bench with a smirk. My heart melts.
7:32 Duncan steal leads to Kawhi fast break. I jump out of my chair expecting Kawhi Leonard to destroy Steph Curry’s soul…then he does some weird hopstep that Curry gets his hand on and draws a jump ball call. FURIOUS. Kawhi knows he can jump over Curry’s short a**, right?
7:19 #TiagoSplitterBlownLayUpCount: 2.
6:06 Mike Breen says, “Let’s listen to Mark Jackson.” I promptly mute my television until his huddle is over.
2:30 Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen talk about how Cory Joseph requested to be sent down to the D-League, just to get some playing time. The Spurs refer to their Austin Toros squad as an opportunity and not a “demotion.” It’s been said before, the Spurs are the only team in the NBA that use the D-League the way it’s meant to be. And it’s obvious when guys like Green and Leonard or front office personal like Pop and R.C. make the drive to Austin to watch and support them. It’s one big family. And the rest of the NBA should take note.
1:26 Boris Diaw posting up Draymond Green, spins baseline under the basket, and reaches his arm around Green and Carl Landry, passing it to Splitter for the open layup. Beautiful assist by Bobo the Land Walrus.
Spurs 21, Warriors 19. End of first quarter.