I’m still stewing over the Warriors devastating loss to the Spurs Monday, a defeat that extended Golden State’s losing streak in San Antonio to 31. The last time the Warriors won there? February 14, 1997.
Warriors: lost 30 straight road games vs Spurs (last win, February 14, 1997)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 7, 2013
For fun, I dug up the old box score from that victory. The names will certainly jog your memory, and if you were a fan of hoops in the 1990s, bring a smile to your face. Before you click the link to the box score, two other notes: Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest – yes, the Hall of Famer stayed all four years – and Stephen Curry was 8-years old, probably in 3rd or 4th grade. Where was David Robinson? Hurt and out for the year, which is how they landed Duncan 1st overall in the summer of 1997. My takeaway from that win 16 years ago:
1) Dominique Wilkins was on the Spurs. Weird, I’d forgotten his non-Atlanta years.
2) Three other Spurs on that team – Avery Johnson, Monty Williams, Vinny Del Negro – were NBA coaches this past season.
3) Joe Smith – 20 points on 20 shots, and 13 rebounds – I wonder what he’s up to now? Hopefully, Andrew Bogut can duplicate the 20-13 Smith had tonight.
4) A little less than 11 months after this game, Latrell Sprewell choked PJ Carlesimo.
Go Warriors! Win so that every series is tied at 1! (Yes, I’m assuming the Heat are going to beat the Bulls.)