1. Where We Are: The Warriors managed to win one of the games in San Antonio and did it in spectacular fashion to even this up at 1-1. While it was just a nine-point victory, they once again got an incredible shooting performance by one of their young guards. Even though Stephen Curry struggled with his shot (7 of 20 for 22 points), Klay Thompson managed to pick up the slack and fire upon the scoreboard. He knocked down eight of his nine 3-point attempts with seven of them coming in the first half. He was smothering from the perimeter, and the Spurs really didn't have much of an answer for it. Now that the Spurs have given away a home game with poor shooting and confused defense, they have to go into Oakland and try to steal one back to regain home-court advantage. That's easier said than done.
2. The Big Number: 14. The biggest problem for the Spurs in Game 2 might have been the fact that they had so few assists. On 35 made shots, the Spurs had just 14 assists. That's a really bad ratio for them. During the regular season, San Antonio averaged 38.4 made baskets and 24.6 assists when you adjust for pace. The Spurs do an incredible job of moving the ball to the open shooter or cutter, and that just wasn't there. You can chalk some of that up to their poor shooting because they made 39.3 percent of their shots in Game 2. But early in the game, they couldn't keep pace with the Warriors because they managed just four assists in the first half. If they can share the ball better and have it lead to made shots in Game 3, they might be able to steal it.
3. Key Adjustment: Be physical and stalk the perimeter. In the Warriors' last 17 games, they've shot under 36.4 percent from 3-point range just once. It was Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets, when Denver held them to 28.0 percent. How did Denver do it? Well, Mark Jackson would tell you that there was a mole inside the Nuggets team that informed him they were going to be dirty or come after Stephen Curry or hope they'd get caught in a rousing game of Mouse Trap. What the Nuggets really did was play physical defense, bumped the shooters coming off screens and overflooded the perimeter. The Warriors aren't keen on driving to the basket on most possessions. They have a strength in shooting the ball and want to take advantage of that strength. The Spurs have to take away that strength, dare them to drive to the basket and hope their rotations are disciplined enough to challenge every shot, no matter where it ends up.
4. The Big Story: Are the Warriors above the mean? Fans and media members are starting to wonder just how far the Warriors' shooting will carry them. We keep hearing about the Warriors eventually regressing to the mean and seeing their shooting percentages plummet back down to Earth. But what if this is the mean for the Warriors? The evolution of the game has seen the 3-point shot become the biggest weapon in basketball. Even the most athletic attack in the world (the Miami Heat) is keen on freeing up shooters in the corners. With each evolution of the game, there is always one team way out ahead of it that leads to others catching up. What if the Warriors are the team that is out ahead of everybody and incredible shooting is going to have to become the norm? Instead of waiting for them to come down to Earth, the opponents are going to have to force that to happen or learn how to catch up in a hurry.
5. The Facts: 10:30 p.m. ET start time. David Lee is questionable with a torn hip flexor.