SAN ANTONIO (CBS Sports) – After blowing a 16-point lead with four minutes to go in Game 1, the young Warriors had every right to be completely rattled. They just watched a 1-0 series lead slip through their fingers because of missed free throws, turnovers, bad defense and generally stupid basketball.
But instead of wilting in overtime, the Warriors fought and forced a second overtime. And instead of caving there, they held a one-point lead with 3.9 seconds left. All that sunk them was a miscommunication on the defensive end which left Manu Ginobili wide open for a game-winner. The point was clear though: The Warriors didn’t let the past shake them. They didn’t dwell on the 16-point collapse. They moved on to the next play, to overtime, then the next overtime.
And they proved they can play with the Spurs.
So with all that in their heads, the Warriors had two options: 1) Let that Game 1 loss linger and the thoughts of woulda-coulda-shoulda carry over or 2) put it behind them and play again.
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