Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, the man most responsible for his team's ball possession, hasn't looked at the video from the final eight minutes - or even the final 1 1/2 minutes, for that matter - of Thursday's game against Denver. "No, I will not watch that," Curry said Friday as his team prepared to open a best-of-seven, second-round series against San Antonio. "It was too much torture going through it. I understand how to be better in those situations. I won't let that happen again." In their first-round closeout game against the Nuggets, the Warriors led by 18 points with 8:02 remaining and by nine with 1:53 left. They ended up winning by four, and Denver twice had the chance to tie it in the final 12.9 seconds. The near collapse had less to do with the Nuggets' chaotic double-teaming and more to do with the Warriors' panic from inexperienced. The Warriors committed four turnovers in the last 1:37, including two by Curry and two by Draymond Green. If it wasn't for Denver missing a free throw and four field-goal attempts in close, the Warriors might be playing Game 7. "I'll tell you what: It was just bad basketball," head coach Mark Jackson said. "I think it was a young team that panicked. I wish I had in my coach's manual a way to explain it, but I don't think anyone has ever gone through that. We tried to give the game away, and it was bad. We got into the locker room afterward, and guys were shaking their heads, like they couldn't believe that stretch of basketball they put forth. "But the great thing about it is: We needed a stop, we needed to make free throws, we needed a rebound, and we did all of those things. I will not allow a span of basketball to define who we are. I'm not going to panic." The panic subsided midway through the disarray. After four turnovers in a 25-second span allowed Denver to cut a nine-point deficit to four, Harrison Barnes was fouled.
Warriors throw away images of turnovers
San Francisco Chronicle | May 4