Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) as he slips on the floor in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 120-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs:
1. Stephen Curry is unstoppable, and that goes for the NBA’s top-ranked defense. He was 6-for-9 from 3-point range after having had his struggles against his Spurs in the past. Draymond Green said he noticed the day before the game Curry would be ready. “He came out and showed that when he came out and hit that three from like 37 feet out, he confirmed it,” Green said.
2. The Spurs were left humbled by the Warriors — for the most part. Gregg Popovich said three times in his two-minute postgame interview that it was like men against boys during the game. “I don’t think that there was one area in which it was close,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. LaMarcus Aldridge after struggling against Green wasn’t backing down, though, explaining he was simply too eager. “I felt like I had a matchup,” Aldridge said after his 2-for-9 shooting performance.
3. The Warriors’ bench played well again. Steve Kerr went out of his way to especially point out the contributions of Brandon Rush, who after giving up his spot in the starting lineup to Harrison Barnes came on and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Shaun Livingston was dominating with a 6-for-6 shooting performance. Andre Iguodala and Festus Ezeli helped the bench regain some of that scoring consistency it had lost earlier in the season.
4. Green set the tone again with his defense. “Just his heart,” Curry noted. “He’s a little undersized. He loves taking on those challenges.” Kawhi Leonard got plenty of attention before the game, but it was Green who stood out. Aldridge probably noticed even if he actually thought he held the advantage.
5. Kerr was happy with the win to say the least. He smiled and joked when asked about Popovich, saying of his mentor, “That’s my guy, but I don’t feel that bad right now.” He spoke of how his team manages to rise to the occasion. “They’re a pretty cocky group,” Kerr said. “They are. In a good way, though. They corral that arrogance and they believe.”