Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs: Game 5 Postgame Grades and Analysis
The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 with a commanding 109-91 win.
The Spurs used a big third quarter, in which they outscored Golden State 29-21, to pull away from the Warriors after leading by just three points at halftime.
Transition baskets off the Warriors' 14 turnovers were major difference-makers in the second half for the Spurs.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting from the field didn't help the Warriors fight off the Spurs either.
Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 25 points and 10 assists, while Tim Duncan scored the 143rd playoff double-double of his career with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
But the most impressive performances were the combined dominance by Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, who played with constant energy and combined for 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting.
Game 6 is set for 10:30 p.m. ET in the raucous Oracle Arena, and while bouncing back from an 18-point loss won't be easy for the Warriors, when Curry and Thompson are on the court anything is possible.
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Steph Curry had a rough start to Game 5, ending the first half with just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting.
While he somewhat made up for his lack of offensive production with four assists, it's amazing that the Warriors were down by just three points with Curry's lack of offensive production through two quarters.
The Spurs' defense was just too much for Curry to handle, especially with a bum ankle. Kudos to Danny Green for making Curry's Game 5 a miserable one, as he held Curry to just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.
I'm sure Curry's ankle was holding him back, but there's not really an excuse for 4-of-14 shooting and four turnovers for the Warriors' go-to-player.
Game 6 will be the biggest game of Curry's career, and the fans in Oracle Arena are certainly hoping he remembers what kind of player he truly is.
Overall Grade: D+
Tony Parker, Spurs
Tony Parker was dominant in the first half, with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting while also dishing out seven assists.
His aggressive yet efficient approach to the game was a major reason why the Spurs started off so hot in the first half—committing just one turnover in the first 17 minutes of action.
Parker continued the aggressive, intelligent and efficient play in the second half, getting into the paint and creating high-percentage shots for himself time and time again.
Parker was at the foundation of the Spurs' big win, ending Game 5 with 25 points and 10 assists while shooting 9-of-16 from the floor.
Overall Grade: A
Klay Thompson, Warriors
The second "splash brother" didn't show up to the party in Game 5.
Klay Thompson ended the first half with two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor, and the only other statistics he recorded in the half were one rebound and one block.
Game 5 didn't get any easier for Thompson after the first half, as he finished an abysmal 2-of-8—including zero three-point attempts—en route to an underwhelming four-point performance.
The Warriors can't compete with the most disciplined team in the NBA if Thompson isn't going to show up and put up 15 or more points. Warriors fans are hoping that he can snap out of his slump for Game 6 back at Oracle Arena.
Thompson also needs to amp up his defensive pressure on Tony Parker, because in Game 5, Parker abused him.
Overall Grade: F
Danny Green, Spurs
Danny Green was like a Visa card in the first half—he was "everywhere the Warriors wanted to be."
Not only did he score nine points on an efficient 3-of-5 shooting, but his defensive pressure set a strong tone early on for the Spurs.
With the Warriors driving late in the half, Green raced back on defense and blocked Jarrett Jack's layup that would've pulled the Warriors within a single point entering halftime. It was all about effort for Green, and that play aptly displayed that.
Throughout the night, Green's aggressive defense on Stephen Curry was a difference-maker, as was his offensive production—16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Green is the definition of a role player, and he's fitting into his "defend and score as needed" role extremely well at just the right time—ending Game 5 with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Overall Grade: B+
Harrison Barnes, Warriors
Holy Harrison Barnes, Batman!
Barnes certainly didn't want to lose Game 5, especially in the first half. He scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting through the first two quarters.
The development of Barnes didn't end after the first half, though. He led the Warriors throughout Game 5 with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
While it's encouraging to watch Barnes mature and turn into a solid player, the Spurs were thrilled that he was scoring instead of Curry and Thompson.
With that being said, Barnes 25-point performance was certainly impressive considering the defensive pressure he was facing from the Spurs.
Overall Grade: A-
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
As well as Harrison Barnes played in the first half, Kawhi Leonard played equally well.
He was efficient with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, and he grabbed an impressive six rebounds (one offensive) through the first two quarters.
Leonard really was the Spurs' MVP in Game 5, as he hit big shot after big shot to crush every mini Warriors run.
With 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Leonard once again proved that patience and attention to details is the best way to succeed—especially when you're playing alongside Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.
Leonard ended the night with 17 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and just one turnover.
Overall Grade: A-
Carl Landry, Warriors
It's clear that Carl Landry has a significant size disadvantage against the Spurs' interior defense. But he doesn't care.
In the first half, Landry battled his way to eight points and four rebounds (two offensive), and he relentlessly attacked the glass on both sides of the ball.
Landry's impact on the game was still significant. He ended with 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Considering the size he was facing every time down the court, Landry's performance wasn't awful. But with Andrew Bogut playing like this was a preseason game, Landry's production just didn't cut it.
Overall Grade: B
Tim Duncan, Spurs
Tim Duncan, with 10 points, was the only Spur in double digits in the first half.
The only issue with those 10 points is that it took Duncan 3-of-9 shooting for him to get there. Duncan was all over the glass also in the first two quarters, finishing with six rebounds (two offensive).
The Warriors, and old age, did a good job of slowing Duncan down in the second half. He ended the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 5-of-13.
Fortunately for the Spurs, they didn't need much from Duncan because Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard stepped up their production.
It will be interested to see if Duncan can return to his efficient ways in Game 6, or if the Warriors' athleticism in the interior will wear him down once again.
Duncan did grab his 143rd playoff double-double, which is something that very few other players can brag about.
Overall Grade: B
Andrew Bogut, Warriors
With Andrew Bogut playing just nine minutes in the entire first half, it's rather amazing that the Warriors were down just three points at halftime.
The Warriors were simply playing better with a smaller lineup, and Mark Jackson decided to bench Bogut in favor of that—and Bogut's two points and two rebounds didn't make that decision very difficult.
The worst part of Bogut's game was his lack of help defense on high screens, letting Tony Parker shoot a number of uncontested jumpers that helped the Spurs stay in control of Game 5.
It's almost like Bogut forgot that this was a pivotal playoff game and not a preseason matchup, because he sure didn't show up—ending the night with two points and six rebounds.
Overall Grade: D-
Tiago Splitter, Spurs
Surprisingly enough, Tiago Splitter had a relatively productive game with four points, six rebounds and four steals.
His interior defense was a difference-maker in the second half, which kept the Warriors at bay.
I didn't expect Splitter to outplay Bogut, but when you throw in pregame expectations, it's clear that Splitter had a much more productive night.
Overall Grade: C+
Jarrett Jack, PG Warriors
It's a very fine line between aggressive and reckless play, and Jarrett Jack walked that line well in Game 5.
He was productive in the first half with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, and he balanced that offense out with three rebounds, two assists and two steals while committing just one turnover through the first two quarters.
The second half was more of the same for Jack, as he ended with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Unfortunately, Jack also committed four turnovers, which always seemed to come at the worst possible times. The Warriors won't make it to a Game 7 if Jack is their second-leading scorer like he was in Game 6. He's a solid sixth man. He can't be their No. 1 or 2 option.
Overall Grade: B-
Manu Ginobili, SG Spurs
In the first quarter, Manu Ginobili stole the show with a smooth handle that led to some spectacular assists.
He cooled off in the second quarter, ending the first half with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting with four assists and two turnovers.
Ginobili ended the game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting, but he dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds.
His active play on offense helped the Spurs wear the Warriors out. His aggressiveness on defense forced a number of the Warriors' 14 turnovers.
If you want to know how to have a significant impact on a game without putting up impressive offensive numbers, just watch the Game 5 tape on Ginobili.
Overall Grade: B
Golden State Warriors Bench
The Warriors bench was actually one of the bright spots for Golden State throughout Game 5.
The bench players accounted for 35 of the Warriors' 91 points, and they shot an impressive 14-of-26 from the field.
David Lee was 3-of-3 with six points, and while that certainly gave the Warriors a spark, it's almost becoming a cruel reminder of what could've been if Lee hadn't injured his hip.
Overall Grade: B
San Antonio Spurs Bench
Just like the Warriors' bench, the Spurs' second unit showed up with efficient and balanced production.
The bench players ended the night accounting for 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting from the field, and they dished out 12 collective assists.
Tracy McGrady got minutes late in the game, which is always fun to see—not for the Warriors, of course—and while he didn't score a single point, he magically blocked two shots in just four minutes of action.
Depth is key for the Spurs' overall success. Their depth was present in Game 5.
Overall Grade: B