Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors down Mills' Spurs in NBA Playoffs

Warriors down Mills' Spurs in NBA Playoffs

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. Thompson averaged 29.0 points in the first two games for Warriors. Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall. It may have been as a holdover from Game 1 when he went for 15 points and smothered opponents on defense.

San Antonio entered the postseason considering itself an underdog against the defending champion Warriors.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs still ended up losing by 15 points but they did lead 53-47 at halftime.

The Warriors have a significant talent edge in this series, so there's little reason to believe Game 2 will go much different than Game 1.

And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant's hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes. We know how talented we are. Those times were rare - a big game here or there - but they were obvious. In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30.

"Whether they come out aggressive or not, we have to come out with that same energy that we came out with in Game 1", Green said beforehand.

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.

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If Game 1 was a "true picture", then I don't know what Game 2 was.

Best Online Sportsbook Prediction: 109-98 Golden State. "The shortest player of the starters was Iguodala at the point at 6'6", and with McGee and Kevin Durant in the paint with their enormous length and skyscraping wingspans, they bothered a great majority of the shots that the Spurs tried to take. For comparison, the Warriors shot 54 percent on field goals, and assisted on 32 of their made baskets. "I don't really focus on what other teams are doing or what they're going to do as far as their aggressiveness or the force that they play with".

Thompson bombed in five three-pointers and Andre Iguodala added four, helping Golden State outscore San Antonio 45-12 from beyond the arc.

Three-pointers from Draymond Green and Quinn Cook put the Warriors 94-79 ahead and the only question from that point was the likely size of the victory margin.

Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't exhibited much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness. 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.

Bet the Golden State Warriors -9 over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

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