Credit isn’t something the Spurs care much about. Gregg Popovich couldn’t immediately recall when asked recently where he keeps his Coach of the Year trophy, saying without much certainty that it’s probably stored at home with his four championship rings. (Hopefully he has a better idea where those are.) Tony Parker scoffed at the notion that excess attention on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — AKA, the Splash Brothers — had motivated him to reel off 32 points in Friday’s Game 3, a 102-92 victory that gave the Spurs a 2-1 series lead over Golden State. “I don’t care about that,” he said. “I play for my teammates and Coach Pop and the city of San Antonio.” So it should come as no surprise that Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard didn’t beat their chests after slowing both of Golden State’s golden boys down. The next time Leonard brags will be the first. And Green made smothering arguably the world’s greatest shooter sound like showing up for a shift at an office cubicle. “I’m defending the way (the coaches) tell me to defend him,” he told USA Today. “That’s all.” Green’s humility is well-founded. It’s difficult to single out individual defenders for stopping any particular player, especially in this era of unparalleled systemic sophistication. Case in point: It takes a total team effort to hold the Warriors to as many turnovers (four) as field goals in 25 pick-and-roll plays, as the Spurs did on Friday.
Splash Brothers evaporate under withering Spurs D
San Antonio Express-News | May 12