Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors dominate Spurs in Game 1

Warriors dominate Spurs in Game 1

The proof of this was on full display after the team's 113-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors shed the disinterested, coasting skin they had worn for weeks and came out playing with the passion - and playing with the flair, having fun - we have come to expect from them. And unlike previous year, the Warriors did not need to overcome a 25-point deficit in Game 1 following Leonard's injury.

Taking the floor without two-time MVP Steph Curry, who missed 31 games this season and has been out of the line-up for all but one game since March 8th with a knee injury, Golden State raced out to a 28-17 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading wire to wire.

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.

"At the end of the season, I think we were thinking too far down the line and worrying about the playoffs when we should have been worrying about today", Kevin Durant said in his postgame interview about the Warriors flipping the switch. "We got the job done", said Raptors star Kyle Lowry.

The Spurs connected on a paltry 40 percent of their shots from the field, and struggled against a Warriors starting lineup of Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee, which hadn't played any minutes together during the regular season. Any Spurs victory will likely be hand-delivered by a Warriors team that takes its foot off the pedal.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and New Orleans beat Portland in Game 1 of their playoff series. "But we know, and we intend to show that". "We focused on trying to win every possession on the defensive side". "A lot of people forgot".

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OAKLAND The shots sank into the net almost anytime Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson released the ball.

"The first quarter, we looked like deer in the headlights, very disappointing", Popovich said after the game. They challenge the shots better, and LaMarcus is, I think, the best low post scorer now that we have in the game, and he's a tremendous shooter. "I thought we were prepared, physically and mentally, but I was mistaken".

Despite being cleared by Spurs medical staff two months ago, Leonard has continued to recover from an injury to his right quadriceps under the care of a medical team apart from the Spurs organization.

He made sure of that, by inserting Iguodala, his best all-around defender, into the starting lineup and also using McGee extensively instead of Zaza Pachulia. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum. The math just doesn't work for the Spurs, and they have no answer for Durant.

In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Sixers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating Miami for its 17th straight win. The team has obviously grown accustomed to playing without Leonard in the lineup, but the impact of his absence becomes even more significant on the playoff stage. "We got to do better than we can".

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