After two embarrassing losses in Oakland to open the series, the Spurs were coming home with not only their season, but their pride at risk. JT also believes the almighty Spurs team as we know them are officially no more after the Warriors put a thumping on San Antonio Thursday night. The victor of that series plays the victor of New Orleans/Portland, where the Pelicans now hold a 3-0 advantage over the Blazers.
Ettore Messina of the San Antonio Spurs before the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 17, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.
That's because the sooner the second round can start, the more likely the Golden State Warriors will be without Steph Curry to start the series.
Superstar LeBron James [VIDEO], who is very fond of the #Hall of Fame coach, said on TNT, "I'm a huge Pop fan".
With a victory, Golden State will advance to face either New Orleans or Portland. The Warriors trudge onwards now, up 3-0 against the team they are successfully emulating.
San Antonio lost 110-97 to the reigning champions in Game 3 to fall into a 3-0 hole, a deficit that has never been upended in National Basketball Association history. The final game of the season was a brutal 40-point capitulation to the Jazz, despite Thompson, Durant and Draymond Green all getting significant playing time.
"We've still got two more games to win, so we're not celebrating anything", said Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry. He went through three different masks during the game and looked uncomfortable at times in the first half.
Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Justise Winslow. "Just try to do things better".
"They need to be proud of what they've been doing in this very hard year".