Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got embarrassed on the road against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night with the Texas team beating the No. 1 team in the NBA in a low-scoring game, 87-79.
Curry and the Warriors were averaging 115 points per game before the match-up with the Spurs but San Antonio’s defense came up big especially against the Warriors’ key offensive players in Curry and Klay Thompson.
Curry missed 14 of 18 shots from the field while Thompson missed 13 of 20 shots. The “Splash Brothers” still led their team in scoring with 14 and 15 points, respectively, but the Spurs’ defense was just too good overall.
On offense, the Spurs were led by star big man LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Kawhil Leonard also had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds with 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.
3 Things Spurs Did To Stop Curry, Warriors:
1. Contain Stephen Curry
Curry was forced to one of his worst games of the season making just 1 of 12 shots from the three-point area. Curry also saw a lot of double teams from the Spurs for most of the night
2. Punish Warriors Inside The Paint
Aldridge feasted on his defenders the entire night hitting the midrange jumpshots and also doing damage down low against the smaller defenders.
3. Defend the Three-Point Line
The Warriors shot 9 of 36 from three or just 25 per cent. The Spurs forced the Warriors to drive and close out on the perimeter shooters.
The Warriors and Spurs meet again on April 7 and April 10 near the end of the regular season.