Golden State Warriors: Three Things the Dubs Need To Do To Win Game 5

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Limit Turnovers

May 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates after game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 97-87 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors coughed the ball up 18 times in Game 4, six more than the Spurs’ 12. Though the difference doesn’t seem like that much, the Spurs scored 18 points off our turnovers, and the Warriors scored only five off Spur’s turnovers.

San Antonio has been especially punishing of turnovers, and even when in Game 2, where the Dubs tied the Spurs with ten turnovers apiece, the Spurs still managed to score 13 points off turnovers, where we only scored five.

Points off turnovers are magnified in close games, and if this series has been any indication, it would be greatly to the Warriors’ benefit to keep their number of turnovers low. If we subtracted, points off of turnovers from every game, the Spurs would be in a 3-1 deficit.

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