Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Warriors dominate Spurs in Game 1

Warriors dominate Spurs in Game 1

The Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field. That was GSW' s third loss to Utah this season. The Warriors' biggest problem all season has been focusing (or caring) enough to win against teams that should be able to dominate.

In the first game of their series against the Warriors, more became clear about the Spurs than just their inability to win the series. Golden State held Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (23.1 points per game this season) to only 14 points, with two rebounds. Green scored 12 points to go along with 11 assists and eight rebounds. Durant blended a mix of efficiency (9 of 17) and passing (seven assists) along with eight rebounds.

Game 1 performances aren't supposed to matter much - NBA history has told us to read into them at your own peril - but against the behest of the basketball gods, I'd advocate that you remember Saturday's.

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Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 at the Air Canada Centre, while the Philadelphia 76ers extended their record win streak to 17, coming from four points down at halftime to record a 130-103 blowout victory over the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

"You know they were one of the top five defensive teams in the league". The Spurs' regular season showed how they can stay relevant without the services of Leonard, but the flaws are manifest when it matters most.

The explanations behind the far-less-than-stellar play all season (which still resulted in 58 wins, third-best in the NBA) were freakish and ever-changing: the Warriors were both exhausted and conserving energy, confident and yet concerned.

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In a separate interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic Durant said: "I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups. We know what it takes this time of year in order to win", Green said. I felt like it killed the morale a bit towards the end of the year. "We were kind of hobbling into the playoffs". I'm confident that we'll be ready to play, and I'm excited to play.

"He's on the court doing some stuff", Kerr said. Of course, this comes on the heels of averaging 69 wins per season over the past three years. Their fans know how good this team is.

But it was an 11-1 run late in the second quarter to push the lead to 57-41 at the half that signaled an end to any true competition. But, they also need to plug the Curry-shaped hole in the starting lineup. There are no signs pointing to Leonard's return, which doesn't bode well for a better showing from San Antonio in Game 2.

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Draymond Green is reminding everyone that the Warriors are primed for success in the playoffs after beating the Spurs in Game 1. However, that could either afford the Warriors a chance to turn on the jets or lull them further into complacency, waiting for their most important player to return to action in Round 2. Sometimes the hunger goes away for a little while; sometimes it's hard to find that again.

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