Popovich wary of desperate Warriors

Bogut: 'It's win or go home'

Popovich wary of desperate Warriors
May 15, 2013, 6:15 pm
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No one talks about getting this thing over with like you've got a rash or that type thing...This is a war. They're a class team.
—Gregg Popovich on the Warriors

Andrew Bogut sat at his locker following Golden State's Game 5 loss to San Antonio and matter-of-factly stated the obvious.

For Bogut, explaining what happened was simple: "They outplayed us in every facet of the game."

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Despite that, he's not concerned about the team's ability to make adjustments in time for Game 6 Thursday at Oracle Arena.

"A similar situation happened to us in Denver for Game 5 and we bounced back," Bogut said. "I anticipate going to back to Oakland and bouncing back."

It wasn't just Game 5 of the first round. Golden State has followed each of its previous four losses this postseason with a win -- a trend that has stuck for both teams this series.

"When a team wins, there’s always that level of satisfaction that you have to try and take away," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Without hurting confidence, you have to try and get the message across that nothing has been accomplished yet and sometimes that’s harder to do."

He would know.

Since missing the playoffs in his first year as the Spurs' coach in the 1996-97 season, Popovich -- teamed with Tim Duncan -- has been a part of the postseason every year. Game 6 will be career playoff game No. 200 for the duo, which stands as the most in NBA history for a player-coach tandem.

It didn't take 16 years of playoff experience for Popovich to learn he should still be weary of Golden State, regardless of how one-sided Tuesday's game ended up.

"I think losses are pretty easy to handle," he said. "Players come back with a vengeance or more tenacity, better focus, or all the things we say or write."

Asked Tuesday if he'd like to get the series over with Tuesday, Popovich -- like only he can -- scoffed at the notion it's a foregone conclusion the Spurs will wrap up the series.

"No one talks about getting this thing over with like you've got a rash or that type thing," Popovich said. "If you take a pill or put some cream on it, it's going to be gone. This is a war. They're a class team."

Historic performance from Barnes

On the same day he was named first-team All-Rookie, Harrison Barnes joined elite company with his 25-point seven-rebound performance in Game 5. He joined Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA history under the age of 21 to record four 20-plus point games during a single postseason.

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On the heels of scoring a career-high 26 points in Game 4, Barnes became the first player in NBA history to have back-to-back 25-plus point games during the playoffs and first Warriors rookie to do it since Tom Meschery in 1962.

Curry, Bogut fine for Game 6

Both Stephen Curry and Bogut were slowed by ankle injures, but neither's status will be affected by the injuries in Game 6.

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