Guaranteed to occupy 10th place, and thus compete in the “play”, Spurs put the rest of the people at ease: in addition to Dejounte Murray, injured for several days, Keldon Johnson, Jacob Boltle and Devin Vassell were not in uniform. On the Warriors side, the strategy is the same because the playing field advantage is guaranteed, and Klay Thompson is put to rest.
After a grueling first quarter on both sides (38.5% on San Antonio shots, 40% for Golden State), the Warriors were the first to rise. Under excellent duo Jonathan Kuminga-Nemanja Bilica (22 points in total) off the bench, the “Dubs” give themselves a bit of air in the first half (54-44) after the second quarter – a successful offensive time (10/17). Unlike Spurs, he’s still struggling (5/19).
After the break, San Antonio finally comes out of its slumber in the attack. Coming off the bench, Lonnie Walker IV gained momentum during the third quarter and supported the five main Spurs, brave and brilliantly managed by Tre Jones. The gap is gradually narrowing and Spurs are back to -1 (85-84) in ‘money time’, under the impetus of little brother Tyios Jones, but also from the amazing Josh Primo.
Only, without Dejounte Murray to cool off the match in hot moments, Spurs restricted possessions that did not lead to an attack, while the Warriors, through Jordan Poole and then Andrew Wiggins, secured easy points on the line for free throws. Despite an irresistible attitude and a comeback that made Warriors skeptical, Gregg Popoivich’s men bowed with honors in their last home season.
What to remember
– No “Splash Brothers”, no external address. In the absence of snipers Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson, the Warriors were harmless behind the bow: They finished at 8/32! It’s a 25% success all-round, which is pretty little for a team that relies so much on this gun. In the playoffs, such follies will not be forgiven. But in the playoffs, the Splash Brothers will be there.
Fate of Tottenham’s season to be decided in New Orleans. Because this victory of the warriors freezes and formalizes the final classification of the Western Conference. Tottenham finished 10th and will face the Pelicans, 9th, in Louisiana, as part of their “play in”. As a reminder, the winner of this match will play a second match against the loser of the meeting between Wolves and the Clippers, seventh and eighth consecutively in the Western Conference.
✅ Jonathan Kuminga. In just 22 minutes off the bench, the talented Warriors winger collected 18 points (6/8), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. Always 110% on the field, he gives himself without counting and, in turn, is left absolutely speechless.
✅ Draymond Green. It is still the mainstay of the warriors. Despite its seasons, the importance of a strong wing in the franchise system remains high. Close to a triple double (12 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists), the best defender of 2017 made his mark on the encounter, with continued activity across the board. With Draymond Green at this level in early April, the Warriors can quietly approach the playoffs.
✅ Looney Walker IV. Fantastic performance from Tottenham’s top scorer who put 24 points (8/15) in 28 minutes off the bench. Heatstroke in the third quarter revived San Antonio, beginning an almost successful comeback in Money Time.
✅ Trey Jones. Like his older brother Tyus when he replaced Ja Morant in the Big Five of the Grizzlies, Tre Jones rarely disappoints when he replaces Dejounte Murray at the helm of Spurs. The former Doki signed a sober but effective match (15 points and 7 assists).
✅⛔️ Jordan Paul. Mixed feeling about the Warriors’ game, which ends with 18 points (all scored in the second half), including 2 crucial free throws late in the game, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The first half was completely missed, and he lacked clarity on many of his possessions in attack (3/19, 1/11 on three-pointers).
San Antonio (34-47): “Back to Noon” and the end of the regular season in Dallas
Golden State (52-29): Same thing with swans