For the San Antonio Spurs, the playoffs are all about maintaining the right balance.
The Spurs still have deep concerns about facing the Clippers on Sunday in Game 4 here, knowing that the 2-1 lead San Antonio earned from a throttling of Los Angeles in Game 3 doesn’t mean the best-of-seven series has been decided.
“We can still lose this series,” Manu Ginobili said after San Antonio’s practice Saturday. “It can easily happen. But we know we are the same [team] that won last year. We can do it again. But there's no sense of so high or so low."
If anything, being the defending NBA champions has taught the Spurs how difficult it can be to win a series.
Just because they beat the Clippers by 27 points Friday, and just because Kawhi Leonard was a force in scoring a playoff career-high 32 points, doesn’t mean the Spurs will win Game 4.
“Everything went our way. Sometimes it happens,” Ginobili said about Game 3. “The important thing now is to react well, to not get arrogant or think that now we have them. Because it's not even close.
"They're going to be hurt, they're going to be upset, they're going to come back hard, the same way we came back from Game 1 to 2. We're going to have to play with the same intensity and hopefully make adjustments."