The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are set to finally meet in a highly anticipated regular season game next week in Oakland. And after the way the Warriors destroyed the Cavs recently, many are seeing this game as a the real main event.
The Spurs are seen as the only team that can possibly end any shot at a Warriors’ repeat. The additions of LaMarcus Aldridge, David West along with Kawhi Leonard’s rising star in the NBA, and the Spurs’ “Big 3” (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker), all but make San Antonio a threat.
But are the Warriors worried? Do they fear the Spurs?
According to a Golden State team official, the Spurs don’t scare the Warriors at all and point to the same old argument about San Antonio – they are too old!
Via the San Francisco Examiner:
“I’ll tell you what — the Spurs don’t scare us,” a team official told Balls not long ago. “They made some moves, but they’re an old team. They still depend a lot on [Tim] Duncan and [Tony] Parker and [Manu] Ginobili. By the end of the [regular] season, those guys will be worn down.
“That’s where we have a big advantage — our nucleus is a lot younger than theirs. In the playoffs, we’ll have fresher legs and that will be the difference.”
“Aldridge isn’t a real difference-maker,” the VIP said. “Don’t get me wrong — he’s a talented player. But he’s not the type to make those around him better. He’s limited in what he can do. He’s more of a complementary piece.”
Privately, the Warriors aren’t convinced the gap between them and the Spurs has closed at all. If anything, they believe it has widened for no other reason than Draymond Green and Stephen Curry are better than a year ago.
If this is true what the team official said and isn’t a trumped up quote or completely made up by the author of the San Francisco Examiner article, then this game is going to be great! And if the Spurs needed some locker room material heading into their game versus the Warriors, they just got it!
Look, Golden State is not going to come out and admit they fear the Spurs just like the Spurs won’t do the same. They have to have confidence against San Antonio.
But let’s take a quick closer look at what this team official had to say.
The Spurs core is old but they are more battle-tested over Golden State. You can’t tell me they won’t have defensive issues with Manu, Tim or Tony with the ball if a game is on the line? Also, the Spurs are young outside their Big 3. Leonard, Kyle Anderson, Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Jonathon Simmons lead a deep, young bench.
Speaking of the bench, did this Warriors team official forget the Spurs have a deeper bench?
And just as much as Green and Curry have improved, so has Leonard for San Antonio. Not to mention Leonard is capable at defending Green or Curry.
Aldridge also will be a huge factor. I see a front court of Aldridge, Duncan, and Leonard with a big advantage over Bogut, and Green.
Either way, January 25 will be a big game.
Let’s get it on!