This wasn't quite vintage San Antonio Spurs, but it was good enough for them to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals. The four-time champions who entered Oracle Arena with an identity crisis of sorts exited with a 102-92 win over the Golden State Warriors because their old reliable reappeared. At least most of them did. While Manu Ginobili continued to struggle, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Parker had 32 points on 13 of 23 shooting. The Spurs, who had trailed big in the first two games of the series, controlled the game throughout and finally slowed a Warriors offense that had scored 100-plus points in six of its last seven playoff games. Golden State shot just 39.3% from the field, and the dynamic backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were held to a combined 12-for-37 from the field. "They outplayed us, they out-worked us and they were the aggressor," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. As was the case all night long, the Spurs responded when they needed to. After Golden State cut San Antonio's lead to one with a Draymond Green runner midway through the fourth quarter, the Spurs' Danny Green and Parker hit back-to-back threes before Duncan applied even more pressure. His fall-away jumper from the right wing was good despite contact from Warriors center Andrew Bogut, and his subsequent free throw pushed the lead to 88-79. Curry not only struggled on a 5-for-17 shooting night, but also turned his ailing left ankle in the fourth quarter. Curry, who had become the darling of these playoffs with his dynamic play, sprained the same ankle in the first round. "He missed shots," Jackson said while not giving any clear answers about the ankle. "Give them credit. They did a good job defensively. But he missed shots. It's a make-or-miss league." "I have faith in Steph," Thompson said. "Hopefully he's with us. He's our leader. He's our best player." Parker also had a leg injury, with a bruise on his calf. "I don't know right now," Parker said. "I'll do treatment all night long. I got kicked pretty good. "I have no choice: I'm going to be ready for Sunday." The Spurs, who were 50.6% from the field with just 11 turnovers, got back to the basics that coach Gregg Popovich had talked about before the game. "You can't make the game too complicated," Popovich said. "The same simple things win and lose games: physicality, aggressiveness, how well you shoot, if you turn it over too much. It's not that difficult."
Stephen Curry hurts ankle as Spurs go up 2-1 on Warriors
USA Today | May 11