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Looking for a turning point in Golden State's Game 1 collapse against San Antonio?
Go no further than the 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter when Warriors guard Klay Thompson picked up foul No. 6 and headed to the bench in favor of Richard Jefferson. To that point, Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker was 4-of-15 from the field with 12 points and the Warriors led 104-88.
Parker was the catalyst behind the comeback. He was 7-of-11 from the field the rest of the way and finished with a team-high 28 points.
"(Thompson) understood what took place when he fouled out," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
When he was in, Thompson's 6-foot-7 frame was a nightmare for Parker, who played a team-high 47 minutes. The evolution of Thompson from pure shooter to the team's best perimeter defender has been one of the main cogs in Golden State's turnaround this year.
"He's turned from a knock-down shooter to also a big-time defender," Jackson said. "He takes pride in that."
At Golden State's morning shootaround, Jackson said he was leaning toward going with the same starting five he used to begin Game 1: Stephen Curry, Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli.
"I did like the way we started the ballgame and, as of right now, that's the way I'm going," Jackson said.
With Ezeli on the floor, Bogut's role changes offensively. Jackson said he has to be more of playmaker than when he's paired with David Lee because of Ezeli's limitations on that side of the floor.
"(When he's with Lee it's) another guy that's a playmaker and a great passer," Jackson said. "With Festus, that's not what he does best, so Bogut is the lone playmaker that's a big man."
Conversely, Ezeli's role remains the same. He'll be counted on to set screens, dive on pick-and-rolls and crash the offensive boards.
Bogut predicted the Spurs would make adjustments that could ultimately force Jackson to alter his lineup, "Maybe put (Matt) Bonner at the four," he said.
Potential for a Lee sighting?
There was a moment late in Game 1 -- during the collapse -- when Jackson considered inserting David Lee for help on the offensive end. Then his head got a hold of him.
"It wasn't the right thing to do with him sitting there that long," Jackson said. "It'd wouldn't be fair to him."
As for the All-Star forward's status moving forward, Jackson said they will continue to play it by ear.
Tiago Splitter still a game-time decision
Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (ankle) remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Monday he hoped Splitter would return for Game 2, but it was more likely he'd make his series debut in Oakland.