Tonight will be the first time the Golden State Warriors face the San Antonio Spurs at home since last year’s playoffs when they were eliminated in the second round. It will also be the second time the Warriors play the Spurs this season after dropping the first match up 76-74 in early November.
The Warriors put up a good fight in the last contest by sticking to their previous strategy from last year’s playoffs in attacking the defense with jump shots. The Spurs lack depth in perimeter defenders on their roster and the Warriors exposed this flaw last year, which the Miami Heat formulated into their blueprint to ultimately stop the Spurs in the Finals.
It will be hard to conceive the Warriors straying from this attack as the Spurs failed to address their depth of perimeter defenders and the strategy showed positive indications in the last game where they were able to hang around and only lose by two on the road.
With this strategy in mind, the Warriors will need a monster game from the Splash Brothers to put up points from three-point land and a descent production out of Andre Iguodala to win the game. Also, bench production will be crucial component so look for Harrison Barnes to have a great game because he’ll be a tough defensive match up for the Spurs if the Warriors decide to play small-ball with slotting him into the power forward position in stretches of the game.
The Warriors are riding a hot streak now and always get up for these type of games so it should surely be a playoff atmosphere in Oracle Arena that the team will surely feed off in taking out the Spurs. It will probably be much like the second game where the final score will be in the 70s, but look for the Warriors to sneak out with the win as they continue to build on their recent success.