Oh good grief, Warriors.
Spurs 126, Warriors 89. And it wasn't nearly that close.
Coming off Sunday night's agonizing loss to their nemesis, the Lakers, the Warriors needed a strong showing. But last night the Spurs exposed the Warriors for what they are: a second-tier basketball club that's not quite ready for prime time.
Last night, the Spurs showed the Warriors what a real NBA team is like: balanced, fundamentally sound, and running a system that stresses defense, rebounding, and the half-court game. A team just like the one that "spanked the tribe like a teenager's monkey" back in December.
Last night's apocalypse was absolutely incredible. It was so bad it was captivating -- like a Steven Segal movie, we were horrified, but couldn't look away.
The lead was 36 by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the O-rena was so quiet you could hear your car getting keyed out in the parking lot. Five dudes leaving a vasectomy clinic would have had more spunk than the Warriors did last night. It was hard to tell who looked more stunned, the Warriors or what remained of the crowd.
That's Francisco Elson and Tim Duncan showing Andris Biedrins, and probably the Warriors playoff hopes, the door. Photo from SFGate.com.
The box score says it all. JRich: 0-8 from the field, 0-3 from three-point land, 0-0 from the line, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 0 points, in 29 minutes. Them's Zarko Cabarkapa numbers. The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 46-33, which was actually an improvement over the 63-33 woodshedding the Lakers doled out to the Dubs on Sunday night. And the Spurs were throwing around dimes like it was Mardi Gras, dishing 33 to the Dubs 19. The San Antonio sidetracks shot 58.8 percent from the three-point line; the Warriors, 22.7 percent. The Dubs managed just 12 points in the third quarter. Mano Ginobli was literally laughing at the Warriors from the Spurs bench in the fourth quarter.
Oh sure, the Warriors have made this season exciting, and have won some huge games over the very best teams in the league, but last night's performance was as bad as any of the darkest nights of the last decade plus, because, for once, this game was important. Last night the Warriors had a chance to show that all the big wins this year over the league's best teams were not a mirage, that this team is different.
Instead, the Warriors were exposed as pretenders, with extreme prejudice.