The Golden State Warriors have become the NBA's darlings during their 2013 playoff run. But after a 102-92 win by the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, those Warriors are down 2-1 in their Western Conference Semifinals series. And with an injury to Stephen Curry compounding a bad night for the Warriors' backcourt, things suddenly look really grim for Golden State.
The Spurs kept to a familiar pattern for much of the game, building up a lead the Warriors would whittle down time and again, but they fended off a final charge in the last few minutes by locking down on defense and never letting their lead shrink under five points. Golden State never led in the second half, despite tying the game in the third and cutting the San Antonio lead to one with just over 10 minutes to go.
The frustration of being behind manifested in bad shot selection from Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors guards combined to score 33 points, less than Curry's 44 in Game 1 and Thompson's 34 in Game 2, and made 12 of 37 shots and six of 14 threes on the night.
Tony Parker was the dominant scoring guard on the floor all night, pouring in 32 points to lead all scorers, and got plenty of assistance from Tim Duncan, who scored 23 points and sank a dagger of a fadeaway over Andrew Bogut midway through the fourth quarter.
More worryingly for the Warriors, who lost the home-court advantage they stole with their Game 2 win in San Antonio, Curry turned his left ankle in the fourth quarter. He limped it off, and remained in the game, but was clearly limited in the final minutes of the fourth period. Curry was mostly ineffective in the second half before his injury, but with a quick two-day turnaround before Sunday's Game 4, a hurt Curry may all but condemn Golden State to a 3-1 hole.