' + thisMonth + ' ' + thisDay + ' ' + thisWeekday + ' ' + thisTime + ' • ' + hostArena + ' • ' + hostLocation + '
' if (thisBuyLink != "NULL") htmlHeaderJSON += ''; $("#headerGD").html(htmlHeaderJSON); updateStatsXML(); } /* setupGameDetailStats() * Called from gameDetailFeedCallback */ function setupGameDetailStats() { var htmlHeaderGD = '', htmlScoreGSW = '', htmlScoreOpp = '', htmlScoreByQuarter = '', htmlScoreByQuarterRow1 = '', htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 = '', htmlScoreByQuarterRow3 = '', htmlGameLeaders = '', htmlBoxScore = '', htmlAdvancedStats = '', gameLine, numPeriods, visitorLine, visitingTeamScore, visitingTeamAbbrev, visitingTeamLine, visitingTeamCity, visitingTeamName, visitingTeamNameCSS, visitingPlayers, homeLine, homeTeamScore, homeTeamAbbrev, homeTeamLine, homeTeamCity, homeTeamName, homeTeamNameCSS, homePlayers, playLine, timeRemaining, currentQuarter, i; gameLine = gameDetailFeedXML.getElementsByTagName("gd"); gameStatus = (gameLine[0]).getAttribute("st"); numPeriods = parseInt((gameLine[0]).getAttribute("p")); visitorLine = gameDetailFeedXML.getElementsByTagName("v"); visitingTeamScore = (visitorLine[0]).getAttribute("s"); visitingTeamAbbrev = (visitorLine[0]).getAttribute("a"); homeLine = gameDetailFeedXML.getElementsByTagName("h"); homeTeamScore = (homeLine[0]).getAttribute("s"); homeTeamAbbrev = (homeLine[0]).getAttribute("a"); // Determine home and away teams if ((visitorLine[0]).getAttribute("a") == "GSW") { htmlScoreGSW = '' + visitingTeamScore + ''; htmlScoreOpp = '' + homeTeamScore + ''; visitingTeamCity = "Golden State"; visitingTeamName = "Warriors"; homeTeamCity = oppCity; homeTeamName = oppTeam; // CSS for header row of team, special exception for Trail Blazers since they are the only two word team visitingTeamNameCSS = visitingTeamName; homeTeamNameCSS = homeTeamName; if (homeTeamNameCSS == "Trail Blazers") homeTeamNameCSS = "Blazers"; } else { htmlScoreGSW = '' + homeTeamScore + ''; htmlScoreOpp = '' + visitingTeamScore + ''; visitingTeamCity = oppCity; visitingTeamName = oppTeam; homeTeamCity = "Golden State"; homeTeamName = "Warriors"; // CSS for header row of team, special exception for Trail Blazers since they are the only two word team homeTeamNameCSS = homeTeamName; visitingTeamNameCSS = visitingTeamName; if (visitingTeamNameCSS == "Trail Blazers") visitingTeamNameCSS = "Blazers"; } $("#oppLogoProbableStarters").attr('src', 'http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/.element/img/2.0/sect/gameline/teams/' + oppAbbrev + '.gif'); htmlHeaderGD = '
' + htmlScoreGSW + '
' + htmlScoreOpp + '
'; if (gameStatus != nbaStartTime) { if (firstLoad) { currentTabNav = $(btnTabToLoadUrl); $(currentTabNav).addClass("activeBtn"); loadTabGameday(tabToLoadUrl); firstLoad = 0; } if (gameStatus == "FINAL") { // Setup quarter by quarter score for (i=0; i
 
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 += '
' + visitingTeamAbbrev + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow3 += '
' + homeTeamAbbrev + '
'; } else if (i Q' + i + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 += '
' + (visitorLine[0]).getAttribute("q" + i) + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow3 += '
' + (homeLine[0]).getAttribute("q" + i) + '
'; } else { htmlScoreByQuarterRow1 += '
OT' + (i-4) + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 += '
' + (visitorLine[0]).getAttribute("ot" + (i-4)) + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow3 += '
' + (homeLine[0]).getAttribute("ot" + (i-4)) + '
'; } } htmlScoreByQuarterRow1 += '
Final
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 += '
' + visitingTeamScore + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarterRow3 += '
' + homeTeamScore + '
'; htmlScoreByQuarter = htmlScoreByQuarterRow1 + htmlScoreByQuarterRow2 + htmlScoreByQuarterRow3; htmlHeaderGD += '
' + htmlScoreByQuarter + '
'; } else { playLine = gameDetailFeedXML.getElementsByTagName("pla"); timeRemaining = (playLine[0]).getAttribute("cl"); currentQuarter = (gameLine[0]).getAttribute("st"); htmlHeaderGD += '
' + currentQuarter + '
' + timeRemaining + '
'; setTimeout(function(){updateStatsXML()}, 10000); } // Setup Box Score, start with visiting team htmlBoxScore += ''; visitingTeamLine = visitorLine[0].getElementsByTagName("t"); visitingPlayers = visitorLine[0].getElementsByTagName("pl"); htmlBoxScore += setupTeamBoxScore(visitingTeamLine, visitingPlayers, visitingTeamScore); // Home team htmlBoxScore += '
' + visitingTeamCity + ' ' + visitingTeamName + '
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs pts
'; homeTeamLine = homeLine[0].getElementsByTagName("t"); homePlayers = homeLine[0].getElementsByTagName("pl"); htmlBoxScore += setupTeamBoxScore(homeTeamLine, homePlayers, homeTeamScore); $("#boxScoreTable").html(htmlBoxScore); // Setup Advanced Stats var visitingTeamFGA, visitingTeamFGM, visitingTeamFGP = "N/A", homeTeamFGA, homeTeamFGM, homeTeamFGP = "N/A", visitingTeamTPA, visitingTeamTPM, visitingTeamTPP = "N/A", homeTeamTPA, homeTeamTPM, homeTeamTPP = "N/A", visitingTeamFTA, visitingTeamFTM, visitingTeamFTP = "N/A", homeTeamFTA, homeTeamFTM, homeTeamFTP = "N/A", htmlTeamLeaders; visitingTeamFGA = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fga"); visitingTeamFGM = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fgm"); if (visitingTeamFGA != "0") // Don't want to divide by 0 visitingTeamFGP = ((visitingTeamFGM / visitingTeamFGA) * 100).toFixed(1); homeTeamFGA = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fga"); homeTeamFGM = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fgm"); if (homeTeamFGA != "0") homeTeamFGP = ((homeTeamFGM / homeTeamFGA) * 100).toFixed(1); visitingTeamTPA = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpa"); visitingTeamTPM = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpm"); if (visitingTeamTPA != "0") visitingTeamTPP = ((visitingTeamTPM / visitingTeamTPA) * 100).toFixed(1); homeTeamTPA = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpa"); homeTeamTPM = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpm"); if (homeTeamTPA != "0") homeTeamTPP = ((homeTeamTPM / homeTeamTPA) * 100).toFixed(1); visitingTeamFTA = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fta"); visitingTeamFTM = (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ftm"); if (visitingTeamFTA != "0") visitingTeamFTP = ((visitingTeamFTM / visitingTeamFTA) * 100).toFixed(1); homeTeamFTA = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fta"); homeTeamFTM = (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ftm"); if (homeTeamFTA != "0") homeTeamFTP = ((homeTeamFTM / homeTeamFTA) * 100).toFixed(1); htmlTeamLeaders = setupTeamLeaders(visitingPlayers, homePlayers); htmlAdvancedStats += '
' + homeTeamCity + ' ' + homeTeamName + '
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs pts
' + visitingTeamAbbrev + '
' + homeTeamAbbrev + '
     
    • ' + visitingTeamFGP + '%

    • ' + homeTeamFGP + '%

  • '; htmlAdvancedStats += '
    • ' + visitingTeamTPP + '%

    • ' + homeTeamTPP + '%

    • ' + visitingTeamFTP + '%

    • ' + homeTeamFTP + '%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
'; htmlAdvancedStats += '
'; htmlAdvancedStats += '
' + visitingTeamAbbrev + ' ' + homeTeamAbbrev + '
Total Rebounds ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("reb") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("reb") + '
Turnovers ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tu") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tu") + '
Fast Break Pts ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fbpts") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fbpts") + '
Biggest Lead ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ble") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ble") + '
Points in the Paint ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("pip") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("pip") + '
Bench Points ' + (visitingTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("bpts") + ' ' + (homeTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("bpts") + '
'; htmlAdvancedStats += '
' + htmlTeamLeaders + '
' + visitingTeamAbbrev + ' ' + homeTeamAbbrev + '
'; $("#advancedStatsHolder").remove(); $("#tabHighlights").append(htmlAdvancedStats); } else { currentTabNav = $("#btnTabPreview"); $(currentTabNav).addClass("activeBtn"); loadTabGameday("#tabPreview"); $("#btnTabHighlights").removeClass("btnHoverBG"); $("#btnTabHighlights").addClass("navBtnGrey"); $("#btnTabBoxScore").removeClass("btnHoverBG"); $("#btnTabBoxScore").addClass("navBtnGrey"); $("#btnTabInterviews").removeClass("btnHoverBG"); $("#btnTabInterviews").addClass("navBtnGrey"); $("#btnTabPhotos").removeClass("btnHoverBG"); $("#btnTabPhotos").addClass("navBtnGrey"); $("#btnTabPhotos").attr('href', '#_'); $("#btnTabPhotos").attr('target', '_self'); $("#headerBuyNowBtn").css('display', 'block'); } $("#headerGDScores").html(htmlHeaderGD); // Not calling the team score XML because team records are incorrect in them right now (as of 11/1/12) //IFrameXDR.init("http://data.nba.com/data/tvc/xhr.html").request("GET", "http://data.nba.com/data/5s/xml/mobile_teams/2012/teams/warriors_scores.xml", null, null, teamScoresFeedCallback); // Call after so the calls don't slow each other down, not sure if this actually helps } /* updateStatsXML() * called to initally load in stats * called repeatedly if the game is ongoing to continually update the stats */ function updateStatsXML() { IFrameXDR.init("http://data.nba.com/data/tvc/xhr.html").request("GET", gameDetailFeedUrl, null, null, gameDetailFeedCallback); } /* setupTeamBoxScore(thisTeamLine, thisPlayers, thisTeamScore) * thisTeamLine is the score line of team totals * thisPlayers is an array of the players on either the visiting or home team * thisTeamScore is exactly what its name suggests * Returns the html for the player rows of the box score table */ function setupTeamBoxScore(thisTeamLine, thisPlayers, thisTeamScore) { var htmlThisTeam = "", i, thisPlayerLength = thisPlayers.length; for (i=0; i '; else htmlThisTeam += ''; // Starters (first 5 players) names in bold if (i '; else htmlThisTeam += ''; htmlThisTeam += (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("fi") + '. ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("ln") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("pos") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("min") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("fgm") + '-' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("fga") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("tpm") + '-' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("tpa") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("ftm") + '-' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("fta") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("oreb") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("dreb") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("reb") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("ast") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("f") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("stl") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("tu") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("blk") + ' ' + (thisPlayers[i]).getAttribute("pts") + ' '; } htmlThisTeam += ' Totals     ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fgm") + '-' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fga") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpm") + '-' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tpa") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ftm") + '-' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("fta") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("oreb") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("dreb") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("reb") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("ast") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("f") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("stl") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("tu") + ' ' + (thisTeamLine[0]).getAttribute("blk") + ' ' + thisTeamScore + ' '; return htmlThisTeam; } function setupTeamLeaders(visitingPlayers, homePlayers) { var i, htmlTeamLeaders = '', visitingPlayersLength = visitingPlayers.length, homePlayersLength = homePlayers.length, visitingTeamLeaderPts, visitingTeamLeaderPtsTied = 1, visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum = 0, visitingTeamLeaderRbs, visitingTeamLeaderRbsTied = 1, visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum = 0, visitingTeamLeaderAst, visitingTeamLeaderAstTied = 1, visitingTeamLeaderAstNum = 0, visitingTeamLeaderStl, visitingTeamLeaderStlTied = 1, visitingTeamLeaderStlNum = 0, visitingTeamLeaderBlk, visitingTeamLeaderBlkTied = 1, visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum = 0, homeTeamLeaderPts, homeTeamLeaderPtsTied = 1, homeTeamLeaderPtsNum = 0, homeTeamLeaderRbs, homeTeamLeaderRbsTied = 1, homeTeamLeaderRbsNum = 0, homeTeamLeaderAst, homeTeamLeaderAstTied = 1, homeTeamLeaderAstNum = 0, homeTeamLeaderStl, homeTeamLeaderStlTied = 1, homeTeamLeaderStlNum = 0, homeTeamLeaderBlk, homeTeamLeaderBlkTied = 1, homeTeamLeaderBlkNum = 0, currentPlayerName, currentPlayerPts, currentPlayerRbs, currentPlayerAst, currentPlayerStl, currentPlayerBlk; for (i=0; i visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum) { visitingTeamLeaderPtsTied = 1; visitingTeamLeaderPts = currentPlayerName; visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum = currentPlayerPts; } else if (currentPlayerPts == visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum) { visitingTeamLeaderPtsTied++; visitingTeamLeaderPts = visitingTeamLeaderPtsTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerRbs > visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum) { visitingTeamLeaderRbsTied = 1; visitingTeamLeaderRbs = currentPlayerName; visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum = currentPlayerRbs; } else if (currentPlayerRbs == visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum) { visitingTeamLeaderRbsTied++; visitingTeamLeaderRbs = visitingTeamLeaderRbsTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerAst > visitingTeamLeaderAstNum) { visitingTeamLeaderAstTied = 1; visitingTeamLeaderAst = currentPlayerName; visitingTeamLeaderAstNum = currentPlayerAst; } else if (currentPlayerAst == visitingTeamLeaderAstNum) { visitingTeamLeaderAstTied++; visitingTeamLeaderAst = visitingTeamLeaderAstTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerStl > visitingTeamLeaderStlNum) { visitingTeamLeaderStlTied = 1; visitingTeamLeaderStl = currentPlayerName; visitingTeamLeaderStlNum = currentPlayerStl; } else if (currentPlayerStl == visitingTeamLeaderStlNum) { visitingTeamLeaderStlTied++; visitingTeamLeaderStl = visitingTeamLeaderStlTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerBlk > visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum) { visitingTeamLeaderBlkTied = 1; visitingTeamLeaderBlk = currentPlayerName; visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum = currentPlayerBlk; } else if (currentPlayerBlk == visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum) { visitingTeamLeaderBlkTied++; visitingTeamLeaderBlk = visitingTeamLeaderBlkTied + ' players'; } } for (i=0; i homeTeamLeaderPtsNum) { homeTeamLeaderPtsTied = 1; homeTeamLeaderPts = currentPlayerName; homeTeamLeaderPtsNum = currentPlayerPts; } else if (currentPlayerPts == homeTeamLeaderPtsNum) { homeTeamLeaderPtsTied++; homeTeamLeaderPts = homeTeamLeaderPtsTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerRbs > homeTeamLeaderRbsNum) { homeTeamLeaderRbsTied = 1; homeTeamLeaderRbs = currentPlayerName; homeTeamLeaderRbsNum = currentPlayerRbs; } else if (currentPlayerRbs == homeTeamLeaderRbsNum) { homeTeamLeaderRbsTied++; homeTeamLeaderRbs = homeTeamLeaderRbsTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerAst > homeTeamLeaderAstNum) { homeTeamLeaderAstTied = 1; homeTeamLeaderAst = currentPlayerName; homeTeamLeaderAstNum = currentPlayerAst; } else if (currentPlayerAst == homeTeamLeaderAstNum) { homeTeamLeaderAstTied++; homeTeamLeaderAst = homeTeamLeaderAstTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerStl > homeTeamLeaderStlNum) { homeTeamLeaderStlTied = 1; homeTeamLeaderStl = currentPlayerName; homeTeamLeaderStlNum = currentPlayerStl; } else if (currentPlayerStl == homeTeamLeaderStlNum) { homeTeamLeaderStlTied++; homeTeamLeaderStl = homeTeamLeaderStlTied + ' players'; } if (currentPlayerBlk > homeTeamLeaderBlkNum) { homeTeamLeaderBlkTied = 1; homeTeamLeaderBlk = currentPlayerName; homeTeamLeaderBlkNum = currentPlayerBlk; } else if (currentPlayerBlk == homeTeamLeaderBlkNum) { homeTeamLeaderBlkTied++; homeTeamLeaderBlk = homeTeamLeaderBlkTied + ' players'; } } // if any of the values are 0, then blank them out in the table if (!visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum) {visitingTeamLeaderPts = ''; visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum = ''; } if (!visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum) {visitingTeamLeaderRbs = ''; visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum = ''; } if (!visitingTeamLeaderAstNum) {visitingTeamLeaderAst = ''; visitingTeamLeaderAstNum = ''; } if (!visitingTeamLeaderStlNum) {visitingTeamLeaderStl = ''; visitingTeamLeaderStlNum = ''; } if (!visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum) {visitingTeamLeaderBlk = ''; visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum = ''; } if (!homeTeamLeaderPtsNum) {homeTeamLeaderPts = ''; homeTeamLeaderPtsNum = ''; } if (!homeTeamLeaderRbsNum) {homeTeamLeaderRbs = ''; homeTeamLeaderRbsNum = ''; } if (!homeTeamLeaderAstNum) {homeTeamLeaderAst = ''; homeTeamLeaderAstNum = ''; } if (!homeTeamLeaderStlNum) {homeTeamLeaderStl = ''; homeTeamLeaderStlNum = ''; } if (!homeTeamLeaderBlkNum) {homeTeamLeaderBlk = ''; homeTeamLeaderBlkNum = ''; } htmlTeamLeaders += ' points ' + visitingTeamLeaderPts + '   ' + visitingTeamLeaderPtsNum + ' ' + homeTeamLeaderPts + '   ' + homeTeamLeaderPtsNum + ' rebounds ' + visitingTeamLeaderRbs + '   ' + visitingTeamLeaderRbsNum + ' ' + homeTeamLeaderRbs + '   ' + homeTeamLeaderRbsNum + ' assists ' + visitingTeamLeaderAst + '   ' + visitingTeamLeaderAstNum + ' ' + homeTeamLeaderAst + '   ' + homeTeamLeaderAstNum + ' steals ' + visitingTeamLeaderStl + '   ' + visitingTeamLeaderStlNum + ' ' + homeTeamLeaderStl + '   ' + homeTeamLeaderStlNum + ' blocks ' + visitingTeamLeaderBlk + '   ' + visitingTeamLeaderBlkNum + ''; htmlTeamLeaders += '' + homeTeamLeaderBlk + '   ' + homeTeamLeaderBlkNum + ' '; return htmlTeamLeaders; } /* setupTeamScoreStats() * Called from teamScoreFeedCallback * NOT CALLING AS OF 11/1/12 BECAUSE TEAM RECORDS ARE INCORRECT IN THE XML */ /*function setupTeamScoreStats() { var i, allGames = []; allGames = gameDetailFeedXML.getElementsByTagName("g"); gameStatus = (gameLine[0]).getAttribute("st"); numPeriods = parseInt((gameLine[0]).getAttribute("p")); for (i=0; i
« Playoff Central
(SAS Leads 2-1)
Every Warriors run was countered with one by the Spurs in Friday’s 102-92 loss in Game 3 at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson led six Warriors players in double figures with 17 points and fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry had 16 points and eight assists. Andrew Bogut posted his third double-double of the playoffs with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while David Lee chipped in five points in three minutes off the bench. Down nine to start the second half, the Warriors tied it midway through the third quarter on a Curry 3-pointer, and the Spurs responded with a 11-0 run. The Warriors then cut a 10-point deficit down to one to start the fourth quarter before going nearly six minutes without a field goal. Now trailing 2-1 in the series, the Warriors will look to even things out in Sunday’s Game 4 at Oracle Arena. Game 3 Reaction Blog
ALL TIED UP
After the Warriors evened things up at one game apiece behind a 100-91 victory over the Spurs in Game 2 on Wednesday, the series shifts back west to Oracle Arena for Game 3 on Friday night. Two days after blowing a 16-point lead in the final 4:30 of Game 1, which ultimately resulted in a double overtime loss, the Warriors made sure history didn’t repeat itself and came out of San Antonio with the split they had been hoping for when the series began. Golden State was led by the hot shooting of Klay Thompson, who posted career highs of 34 points and 14 rebounds, and set a new franchise playoff record with eight three-pointers on a scintillating 8-of-9 shooting from long distance. 17 of those points came in an incredible second quarter, as the Warriors shot out to a 19-point halftime lead that the Spurs were never fully able to claw their way back from. San Antonio will certainly be hoping for a different result when the two teams meet again in a pivotal Game 3 on Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN and KNBR 1050. For full details and in-depth coverage, make sure to check out Warriors Playoff Central. | GAMEDAY INFORMATION
GOLDEN GUARDS
With all the attention that’s been paid to Stephen Curry over the last couple weeks (and deservedly so), it’s easy to forget that he comprises only one half of what is quite possibly the greatest shooting backcourt of all-time. Klay Thompson made sure to remind everyone of that fact on Wednesday when he played his best all-around game as a pro in the Warriors’ Game 2 victory. Before Thompson’s 34 & 14 performance, only three starting guards had scored that many points and hauled in that many rebounds in a playoff game over the last 25 years. Their names? Michael Jordan did it twice, in 1989 (40 points, 15 rebounds) and 1991 (38, 19), Kobe Bryant in 2001 (48, 16) and Vince Carter in 2006 (34, 15). This goes without saying, but that’s some pretty elite company Thompson just joined, and it’s scary to think that he accomplished the feat at just 23 years of age. Curry certainly deserves all of the accolades he’s been receiving, particularly as of late due to his MVP-like play, but Thompson isn’t far behind when it comes to deadly knockdown shooters. First, Curry scored 22 points in the third quarter of Game 1. Thompson did his best Curry impression with 17 points in the second quarter of Game 2. What does Game 3 hold for the #SplashBrothers? That remains to be seen, but you can be sure the Spurs will pay extra attention to the Warriors’ starting backcourt that has caused them fits thus far.
VALUING POSESSIONS
It sounds incredibly obvious, but it’s hard to lose when you don’t let the other team have the ball. And while the Warriors obviously can’t prevent the Spurs from getting the approximately fifty percent of possessions that a team naturally acquires over the course of the game, they can put themselves in a great position to win if they limit it to that. In other words, less turnovers means more wins. After turning the ball over 21 times in Game 1 which resulted in 21 very necessary points for the Spurs, the Dubs only turned the ball over 10 times in Game 2, which the Spurs could only turn into 13 points. When the Warriors take care of the ball and limit their turnovers, it’s a double bonus. Not only are they not feeding the Spurs’ easy buckets off fast break opportunities, but less turnovers means more shots of their own. And when you’re the Warriors, more shots are always a good thing. So as the series shifts back to Oracle Arena where that crowd is sure to give Golden State an added boost, they’d do well to capitalize on that influx of energy by not doing the Spurs any favors. If the Warriors can take care of the ball and limit the Spurs’ points off turnovers, they stand a good chance at claiming their first lead in the series.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
Speaking of turnovers, it works both ways. Much like valuing possessions and taking care of the ball can significantly increase your chances of winning, so too can forcing the opposition into bad shots and careless turnovers of their own. Because, as we so eloquently explained above, when the other team doesn’t have the ball, it’s awfully difficult for them to score, and the play of the Warriors’ team defense through two games has certainly backed that up. The Warriors held the Spurs to 35-of-89 shooting (39%) in Game 2, and have now limited San Antonio to 41.8 percent through the first two games of this series. When you can fill it up like the Warriors have proven they can, that already puts a fair amount of pressure on the opposing team to match them bucket for bucket. But when the Warriors’ defense is on point and their opponent’s shots aren’t falling, they’re very hard to beat. Coming into the series, everyone knew about the Warriors’ prolific offense, but their team defense has truly been the difference maker in the series thus far. The Spurs aren’t always going to shoot under 40 percent from the field, but if the Warriors can make it tough on their collection of future All-Stars, that may be just enough to win Game 3 and maintain home court advantage.
FIGURING OUT THE FOURTH
As well as the Warriors have played in the first two games of this series, the fact remains that they’ve built 18-point leads in both contests, and let the Spurs sneak their way back into the game both times. In Game 1, the Warriors lack of killer instinct was catastrophic, as the Spurs’ sole win now seems even bigger with the Warriors having tied things up in Game 2, despite allowing the Spurs to come within striking distance in the closing minutes. To a certain extent, that failure to deliver the knockout blow is somewhat indicative of the Warriors’ relative inexperience, but more accurately, it’s the result of a combination of poor shooting and bad offense in the fourth quarter. For the series, Golden State is shooting 30.6 percent from the field in the final stanza, which is significantly lower than 48.4 percent clip they’re shooting at overall. Some of that drop-off can be attributed to natural regression, as you can’t expect the Warriors to be on fire all the time, but a considerable amount of it is just poor execution. As the heavy minutes add up and take their toll on Stephen Curry and others late in the game, the Warriors offense in the fourth quarter often stagnates into ineffective and predictable isolation plays, thus allowing the Spurs a chance to make things close. It wouldn’t be Warriors playoff basketball if it wasn’t a gut-wrenching, hair-pulling, nail-biting affair, but the Warriors and their fans would certainly appreciate a less stressful conclusion to games they should be able to close out much earlier on. The Spurs, as evidenced by the Game 1 debacle, have proven they will never go down easy. The Warriors best counter to their unrelenting competitiveness is to continue to play their own game (the same one that got them the 18-point lead to begin with) when the outcome is hanging in the balance.
Injury Report
GSW: David Lee (torn hip flexor) is active. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

SAS: None.