Warriors vs. Spurs: How Stephen Curry Can Take Advantage of San Antonio

Zach Dirlam@Zach_DirlamSenior Analyst IIMarch 20, 2013

Stephen Curry is set up for a big game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.
Stephen Curry is set up for a big game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Not only have the San Antonio Spurs been missing Tony Parker's offensive production, their defense has looked completely out of sync without their star point guard. Stephen Curry will take advantage of that when the Golden State Warriors roll into the AT&T Center tonight.

The Spurs allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers—who were playing without reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving—to ring up 113 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers abused San Antonio's defense over the past two weeks as well.

Minnesota piled up 107 points in a rout of the Spurs, while Portland hung 136 points on head coach Greg Popovich's team.   

Meanwhile, Curry has scored an average of 34.3 points and shot 54.2 percent from the field in Golden State's last six road games. One of those contests was Curry's 56-point performance against the New York Knicks.

Curry's hot streak has helped the Warriors win four out of five games, which has righted their ship after dropping 12 contests in 17 outings.

There is no reason why Curry will cool off tonight, either. As long as Curry demands the ball for much of the evening, Cory Joseph is going to be in for a long game. Curry abused relatively inexperienced point guards Greivis Vasquez and Jeremy Lin in back-to-back wins over the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets.

The former Davidson Wildcat averaged 29.5 points and seven assists, and he shot 53.6 percent in those two games.

Golden State will look to spread the floor all night and make the Spurs hedge out on the perimeter to slow down the likes of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. This will create more opportunities for Curry to drive the lane or dish to David Lee and Andrew Bogut in the post.

After the Warriors are able to establish themselves inside, Curry will be free to roam beyond the arc and knock down three-pointers.

Once Curry gets his jumper going, there is nothing Joseph and the Spurs will be able to do to slow down the 6'3", 185-pounder. 

If Curry does indeed turn in yet another big night, Golden State will likely end a 16-year road losing streak against San Antonio. The last time the Warriors beat the Spurs on the road came back on Feb. 14, 1997. 

Expect to read about an outstanding game from Curry and the Warriors later on tonight.


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