May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks over Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) in the third quarter in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT
Now Kawhi you know that was not a nice thing to do to Harrison Barnes, but boy am I glad that it happened. Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs dominated game five this past Tuesday night and now turn their attention to game six tonight at Oracle Arena. The place will be electric a we know, television will have that damn noise meter flashing on the screen from start to finish. As the Spurs have proven before, game three, they can win on the road and silence the crowd.
It is now time for San Antonio to close this series down. We have talked about the job they have done on the defensive end containing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but another area to take from their game five performance was their offense. Tony Parker
May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT
looking like he is back to his MVP-form controlled the game through-out on his way to 25 points. Parker showing and proving that he is the top point guard in the league, made it look easy with his penetrations and finishing at the rim.
Every Spurs fans wish came true in game five as Danny Green showed up on the offensive end of the floor. Green has been non existent on the offensive end but has done a tremendous job defensively. Tuesday night, he gave an all-around performance but did not take all the credit for his play. He credited it to Parkers play.
The Warriors have their backs against the wall. San Antonio has hit that switch, and there looks to be no way to stopping them. They know it. Curry and Thompson are struggling, that is apparent. Harrison Barnes and Jarrett Jack are carrying the scoring load and doing what they can. One thing for sure, a team that rely’s on jump shooting cannot win a championship. You have to have other intangibles. Warriors are lacking the inside game. Warriors have proven, they can play and will fight. They are a young team but as most young teams, when they feel they are backed against a wall, they fold.
When San Antonio plays ‘their’ style, they are a hard team to figure out. Every player on the Spurs roster knows their role. When they enter the game, they don’t do more than they need. Ball movement and team play is what has this team on a quest for another title.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPSPoint GuardsTony Parker – Stephen CurryShooting GuardsDanny Green – Klay ThompsonSmall ForwardsKawhi Leonard – Harrison BarnesPower ForwardsTim Duncan – Carl LandryCentersTiago Splitter – Andrew Bogut
Key Bench PlayersManu Ginobili, Cory Joseph, Boris Diaw – Jarrett Jack, Draymond Green, Festus Ezili
Head CoachesGregg Popovich – Mark Jackson
GAME AND BROADCAST INFORMATIONWhen: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM (Spurs Time)Where: Oracle Arena – Oakland, CaliforniaTelevision: ESPN Radio: 1200 AM WOAI (Local)
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