Warriors open title defense with dominating win against Spurs
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 14:46
San Antonio allowed the fewest points in the National Basketball Association this season (99.8 per game) and had held Golden State to a season-low 75 in the clubs' most recent meeting March 19 in San Antonio.
It seems the chatter was all for naught, as Golden State served San Antonio a 113-92 dusting on Saturday.
NBA Playoff Betting - San Antonio Spurs vs. "So you can fool yourself and think, "Oh, we didn't win it this year, time to break it up" and you may never get that opportunity again". They outrebounded San Antonio 51-30. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14 points and two rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 15 points and two assists.
"There's been games that we've won without Steph- a series", Green said. "When you force them to take tough shots, we get the rebound. The defense was really poor as far as following game plan of the first quarter, and it's a bad combination to play defense like that and not shoot at the other end". But if for some reason - either due to Curry's injury or otherwise - the Dubs fail to win a third title in four years, we could be looking at a completely different roster for the Warriors in 2019. Thompson scored 27 points in Game 1, and made 85 percent of his shots. Lowry contributed 11 points and nine assists.
Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't exhibited much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness. Durant finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Green finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists. Should the Warriors beat the Spurs and advance, it's still not clear if he'd be healthy to return for a second-round matchup.
Pau Gasol started 63 games this season for the Spurs, but he came off the bench this game as Gregg Popovich chose to swap height for speed in his starting lineup.
At least until Game 1 began. With Durant still in the lineup along with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors still possess a tremendous amount of weapons despite the absence of the team's starting point guard. "Aldridge has played more of the season at center than power forward, and the 6'11" big man will be a challenge for the Warriors regardless of who draws him as their primary defensive assignment. Quinn Cook has been starting at point guard for Curry, and is expected to continue in that role against the Spurs in the playoffs. The Spurs were limited to 40 percent shooting in the contest, including a nine of 22 showing from three point range. "They are not the same team.' Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah'".
"We want to make a statement in Game 2, as well", Thompson said. "The shortest player of the starters was Iguodala at the point at 6'6", and with McGee and Kevin Durant in the paint with their enormous length and skyscraping wingspans, they bothered a great majority of the shots that the Spurs tried to take.