The Golden State Warriors fired a warning to their rivals as the National Basketball Association playoffs got under way on Saturday, routing the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to serve notice they will not be dethroned easily despite Stephen Curry's knee injury.
San Antonio shot just 36.7 per cent from the field through three quarters with Golden State's defence working their magic. They'll probably play better in Game 3 with their home crowd behind them but expecting them to win might be asking too much of them.
Philadelphia Coach Brett Brown made a savvy halftime adjustment in Game 1, starting Ersan Ilyasova to bring Whiteside out of the paint.
Cook had started 18 games for the Warriors in Curry's absence, but he'll start the postseason on the bench.
The total has gone over in four of San Antonio's last six games. Australian-born rookie Ben Simmons finished with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds while J.J. Redick led the scoring with 28 points. Nine points on 4-for-12 shooting to go with four assists, five turnovers and six fouls?More news: Daniels releases sketch of man in parking lot
"It's been a while since we've played well, Green said".
But it seemed possible that the Spurs would make the Warriors sweat, at least, even if the series itself ended in a shorter number of games. The Warriors will now take a 2-0 lead to San Antonio after earning a pair of victories in front of their home fans. "But we know, and we intend to show that". In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30.
Spurs All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded from a subpar performance in Game 1 with a double-double, finishing with 34 points and 12 rebounds.
Kevon Looney was called upon to replace Green earlier than Steve Kerr would have liked, although Green was back in the game by the end of the first quarter.
Given how in flux Cleveland's rotations have been all season, the guess here is that there will be plenty of changes in Game 2 (not including a potential George Hill injury). The Warriors are -9 over the Spurs on Monday night. The West, especially Houston, is licking its chops at the opportunity to potentially battle a weaker Warriors team.More news: Aguero says he's recovering after knee surgery
Iguodala's third three-pointer of the first quarter put Golden State up 15-8, but San Antonio went on a 12-2 run to go ahead 20-17. His defensive prowess is also key for the Warriors every game.
The Warriors also didn't help matters by constantly turning the ball over, 11 times just in the first half, while the Spurs had just two. Since Durant, Green and Andre Iguodala dominated ball-handling duties in Game 1, Thompson's role will continue as a deadly spot-up shooter from the perimeter.
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Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. When Thompson, one of the best shooters in the league, catches fire, it's nearly impossible to put him out, and the Warriors made sure to get him the ball in the second and third quarters.More news: IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage
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