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Where: Game 2 – AT&T Center, San Antonio.
When: Friday May 9, 02:30 BST
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Despite their struggles in the opening round, the San Antonio Spurs delivered a message to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semi-finals series.
Damian Lillard simply described them as a “championship team” after the onslaught in the first meeting blew the Trail Blazers away as the Spurs cruised to a 116-92 victory.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker was on the attack and he claims that it is vital that San Antonio match the energy of their rivals moving forward, as their defensive effort ensured that Portland were unable to have the same looks that they enjoyed against the Houston Rockets.
The Spurs limited their opponents to 37.8 percent shooting and just four 3-pointers while forcing 20 turnovers as they swarmed over them on the defensive end, with LeMarcus Aldridge insisting that experience was a key factor in the first game.
However, he will understand the importance of regrouping quickly and will want to respond immediately in order to give themselves a chance of progressing without first falling 2-0 behind.
Another key aspect of San Antonio’s success was the increased contribution from their bench, with Marco Belinelli adding 19 points while Aron Baynes had 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.
Coach Gregg Popovich was keen to congratulate his reserves on the “great job” they did for the team, and wants them to help sustain the energy while executing on both ends of the court.
Nevertheless, Aldridge is confident in the ability of his team-mates to bounce back and make the second contest more competitive, but after a stellar individual performance, he will need the likes of Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews to step up and help support himself and Lillard.