“We gotta be pros. We can’t be meditative of who’s not playing. We have to take it as another diversion . . . Because we need it.”
That was Manu Ginobili on Saturday night when asked about a arriving lean contra a Warriors, who conduct into a ATT Center sans 3 All-Stars and a camber of purpose players. For a Spurs, who have softened their position in a playoff standings over a final week, it’s another in a prolonged widen of must-wins. You can design them to move their standard “appropriate fear” opposite a fortifying champs on Monday night — only don’t consider that’ll come with many leniency:
“Nobody does when we have injuries, so we gotta try and play a best game.”
It’s not a kind of conflict many envisioned a few weeks behind — or that ESPN graphic when putting it on a report — though a annulment of fortunes is positively something Spurs fans will take with a organisation looking to continue a pull into a playoffs.
San Antonio Spurs (40-30) vs. Golden State Warriors (53-17)
March 17, 2018 | 7:30 pm CDT
Watch: KENS, ESPN; Listen: 1200 AM WOAI
Spurs injuries: Kawhi Leonard (quad)
So, who’s personification for Golden State?
On Saturday Steve Kerr incited to a backcourt of Nick Young and Quinn Cook, who played 42 and 40 mins respectively in a win over a Suns. At this point, Young is a famous commodity among many NBA fans — an unashamed gunner who’s never seen a shot he doesn’t like.
Cook, an undrafted second-year indicate ensure on a two-way contract, might be lesser-known, though he did have a career-high 28 points in a win over Phoenix. The Spurs invulnerability should do a improved pursuit of containing him, though should positively take his new blast as a cautionary story of what he’s able of.
More of a same with lineups, rotations?
Pop has run with a starting 5 of Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and LaMarcus Aldridge over a final 3 games, all wins. He’s recently asserted that lineups are still a liquid thing, even this late in a year, though it’s tough to suppose him relocating divided from it tonight. That section has a net rating of +16.6 in 48 mins of personification together over that span. Also promising: a organisation Pop has transitioned to during a finish of a initial entertain — a 3 destiny Hall of Famers, and Bryn Forbes and Rudy Gay — has a net rating of +51.2 in 19 mins together in those 3 games.
Start strong, finish healthy
The former is a respectful request, a latter a unfortunate plea.
Vegas line: Spurs by 5.
Game prediction: Spurs by 10.
For a Warriors fans’ perspective, revisit Golden State of Mind.
As always Tony contingency browbeat Fisher.
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