Will the San Antonio Spurs Win Game 6?
Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and LaMarcus Aldridge, the trio of San Antonio Spurs, scored at least 20 points each Tuesday as they played against Oklahoma City Thunder. The game marked the first time in 20 years that a trio finished a feat without the involvement of at least one of the players named Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, or Tony Parker.
The Big Trio in Game 5
The new trio for the Spurs worked perfectly well for the most part as they gave their team the much-needed offense to stay ahead by a few points from the second up to most of the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard was proving how legendary he is in the series as he scored 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Aldridge performance was also solid as he scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Danny Green, on the other hand, scored some crucial shots for the Spurs and finished with 20 points that night.
But, as what they say, “not everything is perfect”, the trio were short in the clutch scoring and rebounding department during the 95-91 loss of San Antonio. This makes the next game crucial for the Spurs as they are on the brink of elimination from the semifinals of the Western Conference.
“Well, it’s not like we got beat by 30. The game went down the wire,” says Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “So both teams played well. I didn’t think anything got away from us. We made mistakes. You’ve got to make shots down the stretch, and sometimes, things have to go your way. We lost a couple of boards there at the end in the fourth quarter just like last game. Russell [Westbrook] was part of that, [Enes] Kanter was part of that, and that’s hurt us through the entire series.”
Up 3-2 in the best-of-seven semi-finals, Thunders may end the series for Spurs Thursday night when they play against each other for Game 6 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After all, Spurs coach Popovich has a 2-10 record in crucial elimination games.
What does this mean for San Antonio Spurs?
When we base our predictions from Spurs history, whenever they lose game 5, their chances of winning the series aren’t usually that good. But now that there’s a new big three for Spurs with Aldridge, Green, and Leonard, we can’ be sure how Spurs would react to this loss when they play against OKC at their home turf on Thursday.
According to Ginobili, San Antonio’s confidence is still intact. They cannot allow the Thunders to win again if they want to stay in the series.
“We always think we have a chance. We know its tough games. We are two very good teams,” Ginobili said. “Whoever plays better, hustles more, gets more rebounds is going to win the next one. Hopefully, it’s us.”
The San Antonio spurs needs to win 2 straight games against Oklahoma City Thunder. Thus, we expect Game 6, which will be held in Oklahoma City on Thursday, will be more physical than the last game.