Then they went out on Sunday and didn't show the "appropriate fear" that Kerr (who lifted the term from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) so often preaches.
Manu Ginobili, with coach Ettore Messina during Game 4 against the Warriors on Sunday, scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the three-point line.
There was an added sadness to the atmosphere of this game, albeit of an obviously less serious nature. Korver made four 3-pointers and wound up with 18 points.
The first quarter ended with the Spurs ahead 30-22.
Aldridge's critical 3-pointer came after the Warriors had rallied within 88-86 on a Durant 3-pointer with 5:57 to play.
At face value, the Spurs are the weaker team. The Warriors committed 6 turnovers in the first quarter, while the Spurs did not have any turnovers.
"I think they definitely pressured a lot at the start of the game".
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But while their renewed energy resulted in a variety of good looks, they couldn't capitalise by converting makeable shots. If Parker and Maker disappear, the Bucks will have a tough time completing the comeback in the series.
On Sunday, the Spurs gummed up the gears in the Warriors engine.
The Spurs also needed either Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson to cool off.
The Warriors were unstoppable on the boards.
After a quiet first half, Durant started to play loud. Seven Pacers finished in double-digits, with Young notching an impressive double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Washington outscored Toronto by 19 points in the second half.
Dejounte Murray found his shooting touch for the Spurs. The Silver and Black shot 45.7 percent (37/81) from the field overall.
Turnovers were continuing to derail the Warriors as well.
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The Spurs supporting cast was better than the Warriors supporting cast. Looking completely flustered, the offense began to look uglier and uglier as time went on, nearly as if everyone forgot how to play Warriors basketball.
The third quarter ended with the Spurs lead dwindling to 77-71. Though those scenarios could give Curry more time to progress with his practice regimen, it remains to be seen how that might influence both the pace he increases his workload and the timing of his return.
The Cavaliers squared their series against the Indiana Pacers at 2-2 thanks to a 104-100 win.
Durant sparked the Warriors' third-quarter rally, scoring 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Rockets (2-1) at Timberwolves (1-2) Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET - Houston looked poised for a sweep before dropping Game 3 on the road.
What do you think propelled the Spurs to their series saving win?
The Spurs were finally able hit open shots and that proved to be one of the biggest differences.
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