Tony, Tony, Tony: Throughout the conference semis, the Spurs’ offense has looked its best when the guy running it has looked his best. In the Spurs’ three wins in the series, Tony Parker is averaging 28.3 points and 7.6 assists. He had 25 points and 10 assists in the Spurs’ pivotal Game 5 win. “He’s our generator offensively,” coach Gregg Popovich said. As long as Parker outplays his Golden State counterpart — and with Stephen Curry battling a left ankle sprain, that is an increasingly likely scenario — the Spurs will be tough to beat.

Share alike again: Thanks to superior ball movement, Game 5 marked the most Spurs-like the offense has looked in the series. Led by Parker’s distribution, the Spurs notched 30 assists on 40 field goals — an astonishing 75 percent assist rate. It helped that the Spurs were able to ignite fast-break opportunities by grabbing 12 steals, and it helped that they made shots (51.9 percent). If all or most of the above happens again, the Spurs stand a good chance of ending the series in Oakland.

Re-enroll in boarding school: After watching his team get outrebounded in each of the first four games in the series, Popovich demanded the Spurs hit the boards like maniacs in Game 5. They obliged, turning in a 38-36 edge on the glass. The Warriors still notched 16 second-chance points off seven offensive rebounds, suggesting the Spurs still have some clean-up work to do.