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In night full of raw emotions, Warriors need road defense to step up vs Spurs

In night full of raw emotions, Warriors need road defense to step up vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- After shaking off a solid blow from the Spurs early in Game 2 Monday in Oakland, the Warriors expect an even bigger fight when the teams meet for Game 3 Thursday night at AT&T Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 6:30.

In sweeping of San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals last May, the Warriors overcame a second-quarter deficit on the road in Game 3. With a 2-0 series lead, they’ll be out to squash any chance of a Spurs comeback in the best-of-seven series.

San Antonio will be coached by assistant Ettore Messina, who is replacing Gregg Popovich. The Spurs were terrific at home in the regular season, posting a 33-8 record, behind only Houston and Toronto.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Warriors big men vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: With JaVale McGee’s availability uncertain, the Warriors will have to dig into their rotation in an effort to contain Aldridge, who rang up 34 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2. If McGee can’t go, expect the bulk of the minutes to be divided between Kevon Looney and David West. Draymond Green will take a few shifts and Zaza Pachulia, did not play in Game 1 or 2, could be pressed into service.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L quad contusion) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.

Spurs: F Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) and F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are listed as out. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (personal reasons) will not be at the game.

SERIES TO DATE

Game 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 92 Game 2: Warriors 116-, Spurs 101

GAME OFFICIALS

Zach Zarba (crew chief), Rodney Mott, Sean Wright, Tre Maddox (alternate)

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four in the regular season, 112-92 on Nov. 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 in Oakland before losing 89-75 on March 19 in San Antonio. The Warriors swept the Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 13-6 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

RAW EMOTIONS: Coaches and players on both teams are affected by the death of Erin Popovich, Gregg’s wife of 40 years. Emotions are certain to in the building how emotions will influence the outcome, but they are certain to be a factor. Can the Spurs summon an inspirational, storybook performance?

VENUE CHANGE: The Spurs were a markedly better team at home, as suggested by their splits. They were 33-8 at AT&T Center vs. 14-27 on the road. They’ll get a big lift from the sellout crowd in one of the few arenas where the Warriors don’t expect audible support. They do, however, embrace the role of villain.

ROAD DEFENSE: The Warriors rediscovered their ferocious defense in Games 1 and 2 at home. Aside from a few lapses in the first half of Game 2, they were aggressive and effective and able to smother San Antonio’s offense. To be determined is whether than intensity traveled to Texas.

Swaggy Champ tries to downplay 'Everybody needs to do cocaine' remark

Swaggy Champ tries to downplay 'Everybody needs to do cocaine' remark

Basking in the glow of winning his first NBA championship last week, Nick Young got himself into a bit of hot water on Tuesday night.

While coming out of a nightclub in Los Angeles, Young was approached by TMZ Sports for comments on Canada legalizing marijuana.

"I want people to pass cocaine. Everybody needs to do cocaine," Young said as he got into the passenger side of a car outside the club.

As you can imagine, that comment caused quite a stir.

More than five hours after TMZ Sports posted the video, Young went on Twitter and Instagram to try and put the fire out.

Chill. You know I was just joking

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Adam Silver talks competitive balance: 'Gotta give Golden State their due; on the other hand...'

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Adam Silver talks competitive balance: 'Gotta give Golden State their due; on the other hand...'

How dare the Warriors.

They have completely ruined the NBA by...

... executing a plan and winning three of the last four championships.

It's just rude.

On Wednesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joined the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN and the topic of competitive balance was discussed.

"I get it in terms of Kevin Durant going there. It was a bit of an aberration in our system; we had a spike in our cap, it enabled them to have additional cap room," Silver explained. "The Warriors will tell you they would have figured out a way to get it done anyway. I don't know.

"But even if Kevin Durant hadn't gone to Golden State -- and let's just say he had stayed at Oklahoma City, or let's say he had gone to another team, maybe in the East -- you clearly would have had a third team (in addition to the Cavs) that would have been much better; any team that has Kevin Durant will be -- but then you still have 27 other teams.

"So, you gotta give Golden State their due. I've said repeatedly, let's also celebrate excellence. Ownership, the job Bob Myers has done as a GM, Steve Kerr, of course, one of the great coaches in our league. Steph Curry, drafted; Klay Thompson, drafted; Draymond Green drafted 35th by Golden State.

"I don't think as a league we want to go about breaking up teams just to break them up -- just to force some sort of parity that is kind of unnatural."

In July 2016, Silver said that Durant joining the Warriors  was "not ideal from a league standpoint."

After all, he represents all 30 teams. And as a collective, the league wanted to "smooth the cap" over several years to prevent one giant spike -- which did provide the Warriors the ability to sign Durant.

"I can understand doing some things different in the system that may not have allowed a player like Kevin Durant to go to a team that was already so good.

"There's always a next collective bargaining agreement and over the years we've talked about a harder cap than we have now. The NFL has a much harder cap than we do; ours is somewhat soft. Obviously, it allows teams to go significantly above the cap and the tax level and that's the case with both Golden State and Cleveland. They are significantly above where our tax level is right now.

"So we'll continue to look at it. But in the meantime, hats off to Golden State and Cleveland for that matter. They are competing within the system. I'm still at the stage of celebrating the basketball we have right now.

"But I hear people. Listen, the 28 other teams, you know, they're the biggest complainers in terms of the fact that these two teams have met four times in a row."

Here's an idea -- stop complaining and keep trying to get better.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller