watch: Spurs vs Warriors Live Stream Game 2 Preview Online. How to Watch 2018 NBA Playoffs Live stream, Game Time, TV The Spurs look to shake off a disappointing Game 1 and steal one in Oakland.
The San Antonio Spurs (0-1) will look to even up their first-round playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors (1-0) tonight in Oakland. Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are both out for tonight’s Spurs-Warriors game.
The Spurs are coming off a 113-92 loss to the Warriors. Rudy Gay led the Silver and Black off the bench with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while both LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes chipped in 14 points.
And as the Spurs look to steal home-court advantage in Game 2, here are five things to watch in tonight’s game:
The Warriors are now 6-2 at home all-time versus the Spurs in the playoffs.
The Warriors are now 28-6 since 2014-15 when holding teams to 99-or-fewer points in the postseason.
The Warriors have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Spurs, and the last five matchups at Oracle Arena.
Manu Ginobili’s 2-three-pointers in Game 1 made him the first 40-year-old in history to hit multiple threes off the bench in a playoff game. Danny Green now has 50 playoff games with multiple three-pointers.
One of the fundamental fantasies we embrace as sports fans is that anything can technically happen until the final horn sounds. Players can get hot and ride a wave of untapped self-belief to greatness; coaches can find lightning in a bottle with hidden tactical switches that shift the tide; sheer dumb luck can strike in ways good and bad, and Kawhi Leonard can return to his team after months of rehab and help turn a series around.
At least one of those can be put to rest heading into Game 2 of the Spurs’ first-round series versus the Warriors, thanks to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania that stated that San Antonio’s hamstrung superstar is expected to remain in New York and continue treatment on his quad. The challenge for the Spurs and fans alike: fending off those other reality checks for (at least) one more day.
It’s no secret that the two teams meeting tonight are not evenly matched, even with one of the Warriors’ four All-Stars on the sidelines. Think about how many transcendent talents each team can count on — the elite, even with a hand in their face, shooting of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant; LaMarcus Aldridge’s post game; Draymond Green’s defensive ubiquity; even the get-up-and-get-it length of JaVale McGee — and tally them up for Team A and Team B. The list should tilt heavily to one side, or you’re doing it wrong.
That’s not to say a win isn’t possible — there is a game script in which the Spurs eke out a win — it’s just buried under a hundred more where they’re once again overwhelmed on both ends of the floor. The torturous, rose-tinted fun for us will be tuning in to find out.
It’s hard to imagine any strong Spurs performance happening without them winning the battle in the paint. On Saturday that didn’t happen, as JaVale McGee’s length pushed LaMarcus Aldridge into the perimeter and sent away a number of attempts close to the basket.
Here’s the team’s overall shot chart from Game 1, showing not only a low percentage but a low volume of looks at the rim.