After two games, the San Antonio Spurs are already 2-0 down in their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, so things need to change quickly over Games 3 and 4 for them to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Luckily for the Spurs, the next two games will be played at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, rather than in front of the Warriors faithful in the Oracle Arena in Oakland where they haven't really been playing that great so far in the playoffs.
In fact, Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich outlined the main reason why his team has been struggling on the road, not just in the playoffs, but across the entire season. It's all down to how many times the Spurs are converting their shooting opportunities.
Popovich said to ESPN on Monday night after the Game 2 defeat that while his players played better than what they did in Game 1, shooting is still a major problem, and it's what's currently separating them from achieving a result against Golden State.
The Spurs head coach said: "I was pleased with them tonight. They executed the game plan wonderfully. Their physicality was great. We were aggressive, played very well. But the ball has to go in the basket. That's the difference in the ballgame. They shot [48.4] percent from 3. I don't know what we shot -- 14 percent, 4-for-28. That's tough to overcome."
San Antonio's 14.3 percent accuracy from 3-point range in Game 2 recorded as its second-worst percentage from long distance in a postseason game (minimum 20 attempts) since 1997-98. They were 0-of-7 on uncontested threes in this game and 4-of-18 so far in the season.
Playing at home will certainly help turn around their shooting form, but it must be carried over away from home later on in the series if they're able to get a result in either Game 3 or 4 to extend the series.
Popovich continued: "Hopefully, we'll keep that and stick together. But you've got to make shots. And it's been like that the entire year on the road for us for whatever reason, and it really showed up tonight. That made it very difficult."
Game 3 of the Spurs' first-round playoff series against the Warriors takes place this coming Thursday night in San Antonio, so the Spurs will be hoping they can turn their form around and nick a game or two before returning to the Oracle Arena later in the series.
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