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The Warriors’ magical season came to an end Thursday after falling to the Spurs 94-82 in Game 6, as San Antonio closed out the series four games to two. The Dubs kept it close the whole game and came within three points with less than three minutes to go, but were unable to climb all the way back. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry added in 15 and 11 points respectively, both reaching double-digit figures off the bench. David Lee and Harrison Barnes scored 9 apiece for the Warriors, who will look to build on this incredible playoff run next season. Game 6 Reaction Blog
WIN OR GO HOME
Down but not out, the Warriors need a win on Thursday to survive another day. Trailing 3-2 in the series, the Warriors are faced with a must-win situation in what will be the franchise’s most important game in more than three decades. Thursday’s Game 6 is sure to be another spectacle at the ROARacle, and the Warriors will try to use the passion of their home crowd to fuel extend the series against an experienced Spurs team that has its eyes set on advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Game 6 will tip off on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and those unable to attend the game can watch it on ESPN or listen to it on KNBR 1050. Warriors Playoff Central | Gameday Information
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors trail their Western Conference semifinal series with the Spurs 3-2 after losing 109-91 in San Antonio on Tuesday. With Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggling offensively, Harrison Barnes and Jarrett Jack stepped up and kept the game close for most of the first three quarters. Fresh off of being named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First-Team, Barnes had 25 points and seven rebounds, and Jarrett Jack came through with 20 points. Carl Landry added 16 points for the Warriors, who were out-scored 57-40 in the second half.
BARNES BREAKING OUT
Harrison Barnes’ regular season performance landed him a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team, but the 20-year-old swingman has simply taken his game to another level in the playoffs. The last two games have seen the rookie score a career-high 26 and 25 points, respectively, his third and fourth 20-point performances of the playoffs (he had just three such games with 20 points in the regular season). To put that in perspective, Barnes is the first rookie to score at least 25 points in consecutive games since Tim Duncan in 1998. But more importantly than the statistical achievements, Barnes has developed into a go-to option that the Warriors can rely on in crucial situations. More on Barnes' Playoff Success
TIME TO BOUNCE BACK
If the Warriors are to force a seventh and final game of this series, they’ll need more from Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Both have had big games in this series, and both have struggled since those big games. Curry, who is also battling through a sprained left ankle, is 23-for-66 from the field (34.8 percent) from the field and has been effective from 3-point range just once (Game 4) since his 44-point performance in Game 1. Thompson, meanwhile, has gone 14-for-41 from the field (34.1 percent) since his 34-point effort in Game 2. The Warriors’ strength offensively resolves around the shooting ability of Curry and Thompson, especially now that David Lee’s minutes are sparse due to injury, and the Spurs’ defense has excelled at minimizing the Splash Brothers’ effectiveness over the last three games. San Antonio won’t make it easy, but the Warriors will need to find a way to get their two best offensive weapons in rhythm.
IT STARTS WITH THE START
The Warriors have found themselves in the hole early of each of the last three games. In Game 5, there was a 15-0 Spurs run in the first quarter. Game 4 saw a 14-0 spurt from the Spurs in the opening period and then there was a 16-2 San Antonio run in Game 3. To the Warriors’ credit, they have been able to weather the storm and get back into the game, but these slow starts have become equivalent to playing with fire. The Spurs, with all of their experience, have had a knack this series of making back-breaking 3-pointers just as the Warriors look primed to make an extended run of their own. Coming back on a team like San Antonio is not easy, and Andrew Bogut has even said that eight-point deficit against the Spurs is like being down 20 points against a regular team. Getting open shots, and making them, will be key for the Warriors in Game 6, and they can help themselves out by getting out in transition. The Warriors have averaged just eight fast break points this series, which is down from their season average of 14.7.
GSW: Stephen Curry has a sprained left ankle and David Lee has a torn right hip flexor. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.