Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs: 3 Things To Watch For

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2. The Warriors’ Defense

The Warriors have typically been known as a team that fails to play defense and is only able to put points up on the board.

May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) drives in against Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the second quarter of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Well, back in the Don Nelson days, that statement would have been typically true, but with Mark Jackson and his defensive scheme, the Warriors have become a much better defensive team.

One of the keys to this series is how well the Warriors can guard the Spurs. With such a deep team that includes star players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, it will require a total team effort to be able to totally lock in and stifle their offense.

Duncan will look to be a huge component throughout the series, but hopefully Warriors big man Andrew Bogut will be able to play like he did against Denver and will have the force and strength to bang with Duncan down. Bogut doesn’t want the future Hall-of-Famer to get anything easy on him and he will look to prove himself early in the series.

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