The San Antonio Spurs can sense the sad end coming. At full strength, they probably could have pushed the Warriors in the Western Conference finals — or at least made more of these games competitive. But the Spurs have been gutted by injuries and are in danger of being swept after their 120-108 loss in Game 3 on Saturday night.
Tony Parker, the starting point guard, ruptured his left quadriceps tendon in the conference semifinals. Kawhi Leonard, a finalist for the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award, has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle. And David Lee, a key reserve, left for the locker room in a wheelchair after injuring his left knee in Game 3.
Manu Ginobili, making his 15th straight postseason appearance for San Antonio, did the math for Game 4, set for Monday night at AT&T Center.
“For us to win,” he said, “we have to play at a 10 level, and they have to play at a 7.”
If the playoffs have been a well-advertised bore — and this series has not helped — there is at least the overwhelming likelihood of a rematch between Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the N.B.A. finals. After losing to the Cavaliers last season, the Warriors reshaped themselves by adding Durant and by overhauling their collection of role players. Everyone adapted.
“I think you just kind of learn,” said James Michael McAdoo, a reserve forward in his third season with the team. “Everyone here wants to be successful. Everyone here wants to win…