Draymond Green credits Spurs after Game 4
The San Antonio Spurs took Game 4 of their series against the Golden State Warriors. The win kept them alive in the series. It was also a statement that the San Antonio matchup won’t be a walk-in-the-park for the powerhouse Warriors.
“I think they definitely pressured a lot at the start of the game. … You have to give them credit. They probably played with more intensity this game than they did the entire series.”
The Spurs won by a convincing margin, 90-103. They forced the Warriors to just 37.9 percent from the field. They also shot just 25 percent from 3-point range — a surprising fact given that their team is armed with one of the best shooters in NBA history.
At face value, the Spurs are the weaker team. Kawhi Leonard is marred by injuries and controversy pretty much the whole season. They only have LaMarcus Aldridge as their reliable scorer and all-around player.
In this type of team with only one consistent scorer, everyone has to step up. Everyone has to play within the system. Everyone must have the will to win. As reported by Baxter Holmes of ESPN, assistant coach Ettore Messina — who filled in for Gregg Popovich, said:
“In this kind of situation, sometimes you are already fine with playing a good game. You shake their hands and congratulate them on their way to a possible championship and go home happy.
I think our guys wanted more.”