Nightly Grades: Spurs edge Warriors without Big 3
Nightly grades featuring Bulls-Thunder and Spurs-Warriors
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
They won. It wasn't hard. Reggie Jackson was pretty good. You know who was better?
They tried hard enough to cover. Good for them. Let this team sim out its season, please.
Gregg Popovich rested the Spurs' starters, won a game over an opponent with possible tiebreaker implications, and didn't get fined doing it.
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.
Also, Marco Belinelli went nutso, and the Spurs just put on a basketball clinic.
They gave this game away. No really. They gave it away by throwing the ball to people in the stands or the other team. That was a huge part of their loss.
They also couldn't defend. Not "couldn't defend elite players who put the game on their backs," but "couldn't defend guys who kind of hung around free agency" or "couldn't defend Patty Mills." The Spurs do this, they're great at it, but the Warriors want to be contenders, they have to expect more from themselves than this.
Klay Thompson missed many shots.
The Warriors used a huge third quarter to come back from a 23-point deficit to get the win
Three takeaways from Golden State's 24-point rally past the Sixers
Okafor has played only 25 minutes this season
Capela's shoe slipped off, and was sitting near the free throw line
The Magic will instead play in the Las Vegas Summer League
Ball walked away from an altercation between the Lakers and Suns on Friday night