Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Golden State Warriors flip switch in Game 1 vs. Spurs

Golden State Warriors flip switch in Game 1 vs. Spurs

The Golden State Warriors kicked off their first-round National Basketball Association playoffs game Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs, and, as expected, Curry isn't ready to play following his MCL sprain in late March.

No, not the Spurs, at least that's what the hunch and the outset of this first-round playoff series says.

This season, both teams are in much dicier situations due to injuries.

The Golden State Warriors struggled without star point guard Steph Curry in the lineup in the latter portion of the regular season, dropping three of their last four games.

The NBA Playoffs are finally here.

Kerr went with his best defensive unit. San Antonio has enough weapons to keep games close, but the Warriors' stellar outside shooting and the defensive and rebounding presence of Draymond Green should do enough to prevent the Spurs from winning more than a game.

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That block - one of two by McGee on Aldridge - offered a decent summary of the entire game for San Antonio: The Spurs could get nothing at the rim, while the Warriors' hands swarmed the paint.

Any time Curry is out of the lineup, there is a good chance Kevin Durant has a big stat line.

First, we've (potentially) 105 games left in this year's playoffs and it's far from certain the finals will be a repeat of the last three finals.

Green, who had 12 points, 8 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists Saturday, cautioned onlookers to not be fooled by how the Warriors finished the regular season.

As things stand, the Warriors are still the favorites to win the Larry O'Brien in June. However, Leonard has only played in nine out of the team's 82 games this season and the team was still 47-35. If McGee's play continues at this level, it is hard to envision a scenario in which the Spurs have a shot in this series.

At perhaps no other time in the league's history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this 2-month grind. They play at the league's third-slowest pace and grind teams down on the offensive end with their mid-range and post-heavy attack.

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Well, the playoffs are here and San Antonio star small forward Kawhi Leonard isn't.

Golden State said all week it's a new season, then went out and showed it.

When the pollen is swirling and the stakes are raised, Andre Iguodala seems to know what to do, when to do it and, most of all, how it will affect his Warriors teammates.

The Warriors made a loud statement Saturday afternoon at Oracle Arena, reminding the rest of the playoff field they are the defending champions with an impressive 113-92 win over the Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round series.

But even if Leonard is sidelined for the first round, Golden State knows better than to overlook a Gregg Popovich-coached team. "They were much better than us".

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