Warriors receive one F, all low grades for Game 4 loss
Grading Game 4 loss
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 4, a 103-90 loss Sunday afternoon at AT&T Center:
Draymond Green brought plenty of early energy, but too much of it was unharnessed. Though his early defense was generally good as he grabbed 13 rebounds in the first half, he also committed four turnovers in the first half. He settled down afterward but was not able to lift his teammates to another level on the defensive end. He finished with 9 points (4-of-14 shooting), nine assists, 18 rebounds and five turnovers.
After handcuffing the Spurs through the first three games, holding them to 24.2 percent shooting beyond the arc, the Warriors weren’t able to maintain the same level of aggression. San Antonio got a few more open looks, Dejounte Murray (3-of-4), LaMarcus Aldridge (3-of-3) and Manu Ginobili (3-of-5) in particular. That was enough to burn the Warriors with 53.6-percent shooting from deep. There also were cases when the Spurs simply got good bounces, such as Aldridge banking in a 3 as the shot clock ran out in the fourth quarter.
Klay Thompson was marvelous through the first three games but stumbled badly on Sunday. With the offense often constricting due to generally poor ball movement, Thompson ended up rushing a lot of shots, with predictable results: 4-of-16 shooting overall, 2-of-6 from deep. He finished with 12 points, was a team-worst minus-18 and wasn’t always able to conceal his frustration.
The Warriors never led and can only blame themselves for that. They committed seven turnovers in the first five minutes, a major reason why the first half was an epic eyesore. Passes went awry, there was dribbling into crowds and needless offensive fouls. It added up to 11 turnovers, giving away 13 points, and laid the foundation for the Spurs to get off to their best start by far and develop even more confidence as the game went on.
As good as the crowd was, and there was plenty of emotion between the support for the beloved local icon Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, passed away four days ago. There was the sense, for the second consecutive postseason, that this might be Ginobili’s last game in San Antonio. Still, the Warriors didn’t seem particularly affected by that. Their mistakes were more a matter of poor execution, not being bothered by crowd noise or passion.