Game 3 was the Spurs’ chance to show that their home court could make at least one game in this series competitive. They lost by 13 and it wasn’t even as close as that because Golden State held a 16 to 19 point lead most of the 4th quarter. The Warriors have now beaten the Spurs 7 straight times in the playoffs and the last 6 games were all decided by 12 points or more.
The Spurs hung around in the first halves of Games 2 and 3 only to get blown out in the 2nd half after the Warriors eventually wore them down. The Warriors have outscored the Spurs 183-150 in the 2nd half this series and the Spurs just don’t have the talent to compete for 4 quarters.
KD is shooting 52% this series, Klay has gone 13-20 from three, and the Warriors have won every game by 13 or more.
The Warriors have turned up their energy for the playoffs. Their injuries in Feb/March combined with the fact that they had a huge lead for the #2 seed made their defensive focus slip up a bit. The playoffs have been a different story though and they don’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon. Their offense may drop off a little without Curry but their defense is championship level still without him. Kerr adding Iggy to the starting lineup has made their defense even better because all 5 guys can switch on screens. Draymond Green said after Game 3 that he thinks the team has another level they can reach.
Here’s a strong trend that applies to Golden State’s situation today: teams in the first round up 3-0 are 25-8 ATS in Game 4 when favored by 4.5 or more.
I’m all over Golden State -7 here today.