Monday marked the third-straight regular season the Golden State Warriors played their worst game in San Antonio.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said it “obviously wasn’t a fair fight,” alluding to the Dubs going without Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson from the opening tip. San Antonio won the unfair fight, 89-75.
Draymond Green was kneed in the groin — Green told reporters, “not really my groin, a little higher up” — in the second quarter. It continued to bother him as he gave postgame remarks and he reportedly received X-rays that were negative.
Draymond Green went to the locker room because he got knee’d/kicked by Danny Green… pic.twitter.com/pRe2msKqnl
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“I still don’t think it was anything serious,” Green said. “It just didn’t settle down. It’s all good, though, I’ll be alright.”
What you need to know:
— This wasn’t like the Phoenix Suns game, when the Warriors offense ran like usual.
If things were normal, Steve Kerr would’ve harped on the lost possession game. The Spurs grabbed nine more offensive rebounds and committed one fewer turnover than the Dubs.
But the focus on the possession game hinges on the belief that Golden State will hit more open jump shots if given enough attempts. On Monday, Kerr’s team shot 40.5 percent overall and were an abysmal 3-for-19 from deep.
After retaking the lead in the third quarter, the Warriors finished the game on an extended scoring drought — getting outscored 28-12 in the final quarter.
— Kevon Looney gave good minutes in spurts.
Green preferred to take the optimistic approach after the game, saying role players getting an extended opportunity to prepare for the postseason was a worthwhile pursuit.
In saying the game was “good for us,” Green acknowledged that the Warriors are locked into the two-seed and that getting the core healthy is a top priority.
Anything else that comes from it is gravy.
And Looney took advantage of his chance. He scored 12 points on seven shots with eight rebounds.
— Golden State didn’t score much, but if it did, it was usually by Looney or Quinn Cook, who is looking like your classic end-of-season shot taker.
Every season, injuries strike teams at this point and players need to score just because someone has to shoot it. That’s been Cook in the last few games.
He struggled in the first quarter but finished with 20 points, although he needed 18 shots to get there.
— The offense won’t be this bad for long. Stephen Curry is reportedly eying a Friday return, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Green dropped hints repeatedly that the Warriors’ rash of injuries weren’t a point of concern. So they don’t make the final stretch any different.
“I don’t think [the injuries] make the month necessarily different,” Green said. “You may get more rest here or there, I don’t know. It’s not my decision. You still want to get better, we still want to win games because you want to go into the playoffs feeling good about yourself. I don’t think it changes anything for us or our mindset from what it’s been this entire season.”