OAKLAND, California – The San Antonio Spurs were prepared to retreat from a terrible Golden State Warriors game 1 by simplifying defense concepts, increasing their physicality and aggressiveness, and improving their shots.
The Spurs accomplished everything but the most basic of these sublime goals, as the bad shooting again condemned the club in a 116-101 loss to the Warriors, who put them to 0-2 in this Best-of-Seven Western Conference playoff series left behind.
"I was pleased with them tonight," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about his players. Their physicality was great, we were aggressive, we played very well, but the ball has to go in the basket, that's the difference in the ballgame, they shot [48.4] percent of 3. I don & # 39; I know what we shot ̵
San Antonio's 14.3 percent accuracy from the 3-point span in Game 2 was second worst Percentage from the long haul registered postseason game (at least 20 attempts) since 1997-98, Popovichs first full season as head coach, according to studies by ESPN Stats and Information research.
The Spurs even clicked on the rim with open eyes. 16 in such situations. In undisputed 3-point attempts, San Antonio finished 0-for-7; it's 4-for-18 on such shots so far in this series.
The shabby radius shooting shook a 34-point night by LaMarcus Aldridge, who raised 17 points in the first half alone. On Monday, the Spurs had a record of 10-1 in games in which Aldridge scored 17 points or more in the first half.
With Aldridge on fire, he constantly pulled double teams, which forced him to open the ball outside to teammates. They just could not make the shots.
"I trust my teammate, and I'll always tell them to keep going," Aldridge said. We have to take the mentality we had tonight to try to bring the fight to them. You know, go home with the same mentality, and hopefully we'll shoot the ball better of the 3, and the boys will feel better. We have to take home the same intensity of tonight.
In the six-minute span, 26 seconds in the second quarter, the Spurs failed Field One goal, but they still led 53-47 in half, but a 17-5 Warriors race to start the third quarter-jump started the home team, and San Antonio did not possess the firepower to keep up in the second half.
It did not help that the Warriors also made the Spurs 21-3 in transition in the second half after only seven points in the first half in the transition.
"Well, actually, I feel better about this loss than the previous one," said Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili, "I think we got out much harder. We played much better. There is always something. Today we had a nocturnal shooting. We did a lot of great things, but the bottom line was 4-for-28 (19459010) hard. "
Ginobili said the Spurs must use the physical advantage and aggressiveness they played in Game 2 as a baseline to get a chance out of their two-game deficit.
" I hope I'll keep that and stick it together, "said Popovich. "But you have to do shots, and it was on our way for the whole year, for whatever reason, and it really did show up tonight, which made it very difficult."
Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday in San Antonio.