The Warriors, playing without leading man Steph Curry, who isn't expected to play this series due to a sprained MCL, found their playoff gear and put their end-of-season struggles behind them with big games from Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. LaMarcus Aldridge, who needs to play at a superstar level to at least keep the series competitive, finished with just 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. And that was without the do-everything Curry. "We could feel it when Steph went out". They have plans for nothing short of a repeat title.
From the opening tip Saturday Golden State played with energy on defense, moved the ball on offense, and exploited their considerable athleticism advantage over San Antonio. Because that's what needs to happen for San Antonio.
At long last, the NBA Playoffs are here.
Whenever the San Antonio Spurs are on national television, fans are pretty much guaranteed to get to see that incredibly awkward post-quarter Q&A with head coach Gregg Popovich. I watch the games and Beasley's barely full. Four freshmen and sophomores and I realized I could improve my draft position coming back my junior year.
Iggy only had 3 points (a three pointer, of all shots!), but he grabbed 7 rebounds and gave out 4 assists. He shared game-high assist honors with Durant with eight.
Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home.
In Saturday's other games, Eastern Conference top seed Toronto outlasted Washington 114-106 while the Philadelphia 76ers trounced the Miami Heat 130-103.
The Spurs had two turnovers and no points in the first two minutes.
Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Wright added points 18 and DeMar DeRozan netted 17.
Now, the Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. The All-Star center has been hopeful he can return early in the series.
There's no way Curry comes back earlier that round two, right?
Simmons dished and dazzled in the paint and the Heat had no answer for Sixers reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. He will ramp up the intensity of his on-court rehab work this week with running and lateral movement as he did in recent days and is scheduled to be re-evaluated again in one week. With noteworthy hurdles ahead of them, such as, the San Antonio Spurs who they are now facing in the Western Conference First Round, or the victor of the Portland Trailblazers-New Orleans Pelicans series, someone or the other has to step into the key role of leadership that Curry has left vacant.