The Spurs Tried to Lift Their Spirits With a Team Dunk Contest Before Game 4 of the WCF

San Antonio Spurs players hoped a pregame dunk contest might lift the team's spirits ahead of Game 4.

The Western Conference Finals did not go well for the San Antonio Spurs. Their MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 and could not return to help his team. The Golden State Warriors then unceremoniously crushed the Spurs in Games 2 and 3.

Without their leader and down 0-3 in the series, morale among the Spurs was likely low ahead of Game 4, and a series sweep seemed inevitable. A few Spurs players tried to lighten the mood with a pregame slam dunk contest.

Spurs forward Kyle Anderson performed a nice double-clutch reverse dunk, but the judges were critical. Shooting guard Jonathon Simmons and center Joel Anthony gave the dunk a score of eight.

This wasn't the first time these guys held a dunk contest. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs took on the Memphis Grizzlies, and before Game 2 they held a similar contest.

Though their pregame spirits might have been lifted, it was not enough to stop the Warriors, who beat the Spurs 129-115 and completed the sweep. In doing so, Golden State became the third team in history to go 12-0 on their way to the NBA Finals.

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Topics: NEWS | NBA | MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES | NBA PLAYOFFS | SAN ANTONIO SPURS | GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS | KAWHI LEONARD | SLAM DUNK