Game 4: Warriors vs. Spurs - 5/12/13


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(Series Tied 2-2)
SERIES TIED!! The Warriors evened the series up at two games apiece on Sunday after defeating the Spurs 97-87 in overtime in Game 4. After trailing for most of the game, the Warriors outscored the Spurs 13-3 in overtime to turn this into a best-of-three series. Harrison Barnes led the Warriors in scoring with a career-high 26 points, and recorded his third double-double of the playoffs after hauling in 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 5 three-pointers, while Jarrett Jack added 24 points of his own, several of which came during crunch time. The Warriors will now travel back to San Antonio where the Spurs will host Game 5 on Tuesday. Game 4 Reaction Blog
Down 2-1 in this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, the Warriors enter Sunday’s Mother’s Day matinee in need of a win. If it’s a not a must-win, it’s pretty close, as the difference in being tied 2-2 in a series and being down 3-1 with a Game 5 looming in San Antonio is about as wide as the Grand Canyon. The action tips off at 12:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena, and fans unable to attend the game will be able to watch the national network broadcast on ABC or listen to the action on KNBR 1050. Warriors Playoff Central | GAMEDAY INFORMATION
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.
Andrew Bogut is certainly making his presence felt in the playoffs, and more particularly this series. He’s the only player on either squad to have a positive +/- in each of the first three games in this series. Bogut has given the team a legit paint protector who has so far contained future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan. While Duncan has still scored 65 points in the first three games, an average of 21.7 points, he has needed 56 shots to get those points. In addition, to his stellar defense, Bogut has also dominated the glass and provided a little punch on offense, something the team could really use if the Warriors’ outside shooters are having an off-night as they did on Friday.
As Game 4 approaches, expect to hear a lot of media reports on the status of Stephen Curry. Again, it’s an ankle issue, and this time it’s the left one. Curry hurt it in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 4 loss, although the injury did not force him to leave the game until the final 35 seconds of the contest and the outcome already decided. Curry has been a breakout star of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and has been rewarded as such by being on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. There’s no question that the Warriors are a much dangerous team with Curry in the lineup, and they can certainly use his playoff averages of 25.3 points and 8.8 assists, both of which are top-four in the NBA.
The Warriors have demonstrated the ability to knock down shots with high frequency this season. Such is the case when you have two of the NBA’s top three 3-point shooters in your starting backcourt, but on Friday those shots didn’t fall at the rate Warriors fans have grown accustomed to seeing in the playoffs. In fact, Golden State’s 39.3 percent from the field marked their lowest field goal percentage in their nine games this postseason. Certainly, they will need to bounce back on Sunday, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if it starts from the perimeter. The Warriors are averaging nearly five more 3-point attempts in the playoffs than they did in the regular season, and until Friday they were falling at nearly an identical rate to their NBA-leading regular season mark (40.3 percent).

Injury Report
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.

SAS: None.