NBA Playoffs: Round 1 Game 2 - Warriors vs Spurs

April 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Headed to Oracle early since it was a dual event day with Warriors vs Spurs AND A's v White Sox at the Coliseum/Oracle Arena complex and they share a parking lot. Coincidentally, I was supposed to go to the A's game with Colin and his friends but had to bail last minute to pick up the playoff game. That's the trouble with post-season uncertainty, and the trouble with being married to sports photographer :P NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; The scoreboard before game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1 had been a blow out and while Game 2 was a tight and intense game in the beginning, it ended up being a blow out too.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives in against Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after the San Antonio Spurs miss the free throw earned after Green was issued a flagrant foul during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gestures towards teammates after scoring a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; A Golden State Warriors holds a sign reading "BlasŽ blasŽ blasŽ blah blah blah..." during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We'll see whether the Spurs return to the bay for a game 5, let alone a game 7.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs huddle after a foul against San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) by the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip: Always bring extra gear. While USA Today Sports Images had a floor shooting position for Game 1, for Game 2 we had to share two spots between us, Getty and AP. After drawing from a hat, this meant I shot 2nd and 4th quarter from the floor and 1st and 3rd elevated. This wasn't too bad because it meant I could send from my laptop in the 1st without having to leave the court. But if I didn't have long glass (another photographer had only brought a 70-200mm) I couldn't have made images like I wanted (like my editors expect). While some events you can know and anticipate all the gear you need, if you have room in your bag and ability to carry it, why not bring extra gear? Better to have and not need, than need and not have! Oh and hey, if you are looking for a bag, check out ThinkTank Photo or MindShift Gear.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors players forward Draymond Green (23), guard Klay Thompson (11), forward Kevin Durant (35) and center JaVale McGee (1) surround San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) on a loose ball during the first quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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