It’s amazing how fast that swung. The Warriors were world beaters after their Game 2 win. Not only did they steal home court advantage, but many were expecting them to win the series. Experts, who didn’t pick the Warriors to get past Denver, were now saying Golden State was better than San Antonio and putting them in the Finals.
But after Friday’s 102-92 loss, the Warriors are now on the ropes. They’re in practically their first must-win game of these playoffs, as a loss in Game 4 puts them on the brink of elimination. They’ve gone from what should have been a 2-0 lead back to the underdog.
MARK JACKSON: “This is going to be a heavyweight championship fight. That’s a different animal that we’re going against. They have four future Hall of Famers. They’re not going to lie down.”
The Warriors learned that the hard way. Spurs guard Tony Parker showed championship resolve, bouncing back and dominating the Warriors. Gregg Popovich made some expected adjustments and one-upped his Warriors counterpart, taking control of the series.
Golden State needs a win to make this a series again.
CARL LANDRY: “I think we just didn’t have a good game. I heard coach say we didn’t match the intensity of the San Antonio Spurs. We didn’t do the little things it takes like getting the 50-50 balls an taking charges and weak side defense to win that game. We’ll get it right. Game 4 is (Sunday) and we’ll be ready to go.”
More on the Game 3 loss …