The Golden State Warriors have lost five of their last seven games. It all started when Kevin Durant went down with a grade two MCL sprain and a tibia bone bruise in a loss to the Washington Wizards. Durant will more than likely miss the remainder of the regular season due to this injury. That is great for the San Antonio Spurs, who have taken full advantage of this brilliant opportunity and have won six of their last seven games since the injury to Durant.
In the standings, the Spurs are just a half-game back from being at the top of the Western Conference. Both teams have clinched a playoff berth, but the two teams have to keep fighting for the number one seed. The two seed is not bad, but that team will most likely have to play the Memphis Grizzlies, who have had success in the post-season and are not to be taken lightly. If the Warriors are to play the Grizzlies, it will make a great playoff series. Memphis has had the Warriors’ number this season. They have beaten them two out of the three times. The Spurs have also had some problems with the Grizzlies; they have only played once, and the Spurs lost 89-74.
The Spurs are now a .5 game behind the Warriors for the No. 1 seed.
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) March 12, 2017
The Warriors decided to rest their star players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green due to a tough road trip they experienced. That was not the best day to rest three all-stars, having that they played the Spurs on Saturday night. San Antonio did not have two of their star players as well (Kawhi Leonard & LaMarcus Aldridge). They were however not resting, but injured. Leonard was struck in the head against the Oklahoma City Thunder resulting in a concussion, and Aldridge is dealing with a minor heart arrhythmia. The Warriors were crushed by the Spurs with an ending score of 85-107. Rookie Patrick McCaw played 42 minutes and shot 0-12 from the field.
Patrick McCaw showed UP in the absence of Curry tonight 🔥🔥
0-12 FG/ 0-6 3PT
Man’s looking like Steph out there pic.twitter.com/Q7aNF1rE2Q
— NBA TONIGHT (@thenbatonight) March 12, 2017
This last month of basketball will be crucial for these two teams. They can very likely meet each other in the Western Conference finals, in a series that could go to seven games. Both teams benefit from a very good home court advantage, so the one seed is up for grabs.