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San Antonio Spurs: Keys to Beating the Golden State Warriors

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs (3-3) are coming off an impressive four point win on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs won the game, despite trailing the entire game until the final two minutes. The Warriors (5-1) on the other hand are coming off their first loss of their season on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Klay Thompson didn’t suit up (sprained right hand) and he is questionable for tonight’s game. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are both questionable for tonight’s game for the Spurs (rest). The game begins at 10:30 PM E.T.

Keys to Beating the Golden State Warriors

1.) Kawhi Leonard Must Play Well on Both Ends of Floor

Kawhi Leonard is coming off what was easily his best game of the season and one of the best of his young career. Leonard finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Leonard was a pest on defense, forcing key turnovers for the Spurs late in the game as well. With Duncan and Ginobili possibly missing tonight’s game, Leonard will need to play like he did against the Clippers for the Spurs to win on the road against a difficult team. His defense on Thompson, if he plays will be key as well. Thompson is averaging 23.8 points this season.

2.) Contain Draymond Green

I was getting ready to put that the Spurs have to contain Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, but they’re so good right now, that it’s in their own hands. Containing Draymond Green is a better route to take. Green is having a big season so far, as he is averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Green is shooting 48% from the field and 42% from three. It will likely be Boris Diaw that will have the task of defending him.

3.) Boris Diaw Needs to Perform Well

With Ginobili possibly missing tonight’s game, Boris Diaw will lead the bench likely. Points don’t tell the story for Diaw, but he will need to score tonight. If Diaw doesn’t score a lot tonight, there won’t be enough scoring to match the Warriors if Duncan misses. Diaw is averaging just a little over 8 points a game, he will need to score about 15 tonight.

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