May 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) celebrates after his team
There really is no secret to what the San Antonio Spurs need to do when Game three tips up Friday Night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Find some way to contain Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Lets face it, we could be right now talking about how game three is a must win for the San Antonio Spurs. We were lucky, yes luck, to come away with a game one victory.
The Golden State Warriors did what they had to do, they took one away from San Antonio. Well, not really took it away they flat out played better basketball than they did and all credit should go to their dynamic guards, Curry and Thompson. Curry started game two hitting his first three shots and right away I was saying, “hell not this again”. This kid is in the zone right now. Anything he threw up went in, really a one legged three point shot?
As Curry got into foul trouble and had to sit, Thompson did his best Curry impression hitting what seemed to be every shot he took. First half he nailed seven three points, which I believe set a Golden State franchise record. He finished with a career high 35, after hitting 29 in the first half.
This is starting to be a give and take situation for San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is their best defender and when he is on Curry we have to
May 6, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots as San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) looks on during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT
worry about Thompson. Danny Green is a good defender and he needs to body up on Thompson and not to let him out of his sight. Of course, the Warriors are going to do what they can to get those two free, as we have seen, it does not take much for either to get a shot up. Little space, it’s going up, no doubt about it, and as the past two games have proven, they will go in.
It is easier said than done though to try and stop these two. Heading into the Oracle Arena where many of the Warriors fans have said it is the loudest arena in the NBA (sorry but I have to say the Thunder have the edge here), these two will surely be ready to hoist shots left and right. The whole team knows they can play with San Antonio. They have proven this the first two games finding themselves with leads of 18 and in game two as much as 20.
The Spurs are going to have their hands full. Hopefully along with their gear they packed the defense they have been lacking these first two games of the series.
Curry is by far one of if not the best shooter in the league right now, his partner, Thompson, is well on his way. This team is scary. San Antonio needs to throw some bodies at them. If there is one thing that we can learn from the Denver Nuggets series is that when Curry is being played aggressively and being bumped when he is fighting through picks, this frustrates him. This is what San Antonio needs to do, not only to him, but Thompson as well.
Game three tips-off tonight at 8:30 Central Standard Time and can be seen Nationally on ESPN.