Golden State Warriors: 5 Keys to Beating the San Antonio Spurs

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 Limit Turnovers

It may have worked against the Nuggets (see meltdown in last four minutes of Game 6) because they tend to play free and loose also so you will get a lot of them back.

Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) guards Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the fourth quarter during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 131-117. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It will not work against the Spurs.

San Antonio is far too disciplined, and will capitalize on extra chances. The Spurs will push the ball to get easy buckets, which is a different trend than past Spurs teams. Their pace of play is among the league leaders, so they will want to play fast.

For the Warriors, this plays into their recent offensive flow and it might get some guys going, like Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack, who have been bogged down in the half court. But, up and down tempo leads to more chances to make turnovers. And it is more likely that Golden State will turn the ball over and not get it back than vica versa.The Spurs were second in the league in assist to turnover ratio to the Philadelphia 76ers, who played a much slower pace.

So basically, if you give it to San Antonio, don’t plan on getting it back anytime soon.