After jumping out to a 22-point first-half lead over the Golden State Warriors Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs fell apart down the stretch, losing the game 110-98 and most likely relinquishing any prospect of overtaking the Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference.
It was especially troubling for longtime Spurs fan Skip Bayless, who weighed in on the game with co-host Shannon Sharpe and moderator Joy Taylor on Undisputed Thursday.
'Lord have mercy on my San Antonio Spurs'
To me, that just might have been the most crushing, devastating, embarrassing loss at home my Spurs, that I've been following since the 1980s, have ever suffered.
The team they've been chasing all year, the Golden State Warriors, forced to play back to back at Houston (the third-place team in the West) and the next night at San Antonio. That should have been a big advantage for the home team Spurs.
"They spotted my Spurs a 15-0 lead'
They spotted my Spurs a 15-0 lead and a 29-7 lead with 3:19 left in the first quarter. Then the Golden State Warriors said "Watch this."
Klay and Steph and Iguodala and David West all said "Watch this San Antonio."
'[Kawhi Leonard] couldn't take the heat'
[Kawhi Leonard] has gone into a prolonged slump here after he edged into the MVP discussion. He couldn't take the heat of it. Once the spotlight was on the quiet man, the silent assassin, he crumbled under the pressure to live up to at least maintaining his mark.
'This team won 73 games without KD'
Don't think [the Warriors] are wounded. They integrated [KD] into their system. They were going to struggle awhile because they've gotten KD integrated. Once they figure out and said 'hold on now, we're 73-9, we're OK.'
'Steph, go back to being the Steph before you had to take a backseat to KD. Klay, go back to being Klay.' Guess what? Boom, boom, boom. The thing that makes this team so dangerous Skip, is the way they shoot the basketball. But what propelled them last night wasn't really about Steph and Klay. It was that bench.