Warriors nearly get Straight A's in Game 3 win over Spurs
GAME 3 GRADES
SAN ANTONIO -- As they prepared to meet San Antonio in a first-round playoff series, we identified 5 Keys for the Warriors to win in five games or fewer. After each game, we assess how they grade out on those factors.
Here are the grades for Game 3, a 110-97 win Thursday night at AT&T Center:
Draymond Green, according to coach Steve Kerr: “He’s been fantastic, defensively. He’s all over the place.” He was referring to the first three games of the series, and that description certainly applied to Game 3, and on both ends. Green finished with 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals. He was plus-16 over 38 minutes.
This area was, once again, remarkable. The Warriors got burned in the paint, where the Spurs shot 64.1 percent and scored 50 points despite LaMarcus Aldridge being limited to 10 shots. San Antonio got next to nothing out of its long-distance shooters, as they were 12-of-48 (25 percent) outside the paint and 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) from deep. The Warriors will take those numbers on any night, against any team.
Klay Thompson generally met his defensive standard and was good on offense but was short of the lofty heights of Games 1 and 2. That’s partly because he rushed a few shots and partly because the Spurs did more grabbing and bumping. Thompson finished with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep. He was solid enough without being spectacular.
The Warriors were outstanding in the first half -- four turnovers for four San Antonio points -- but fell off in the second, committing six that led to 10 points. Still, this was their best performance yet. The tag-team combo of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston played a combined 46 minutes and committed one turnover (Livingston).
The Warriors typically thrive on the road, where they embrace enemy status. On this night, there was different feeling. The death of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, hung heavy over the proceedings despite there being no pregame acknowledgment. San Antonio came out with high energy, as did their crowd, but the Warriors gradually broke down both the Spurs and their fans.