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.
Some harsh judges pic.twitter.com/aOwAClBywy
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 22, 2017
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.
Just a little pregame dunk contestpic.twitter.com/pdaXGlY7JJ
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 17, 2017
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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