They found a nuclear generator.
"We had the deer in the headlights look in the first quarter", Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said of San Antonio's lethargic start. But with the playoffs right around the corner, they need to step it up.
The Warriors were weapons-grade plutonium Saturday afternoon at Oracle Arena. Notably, center LaMarcus Aldridge had to work for every shot against the likes of McGee and Draymond Green, who almost had a triple-double thanks to 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
In 27 minutes, Mills mustered five points on 2-for-5 from the field, well down on his season average of ten points per game. Remember, the Warriors constantly ranked among the better defensive teams during their multiple runs to the NBA Finals.
"There's been games that we've won without Steph- a series", Green said. "You have to be able to count on that foundation, and I thought our defense was great, and that set the tone".
Worth mentioning is Draymond Green, who nearly had a triple double (12 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds) and was a centerpiece for the Warriors offense and defense.
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"Regardless of what everyone's saying", Green said to reporters during the post game press conference. I think we were 19-10 heading into that game against UCLA and I got suspended. In the late Western Conference game, Anthony Davis scored 35 points to lead New Orleans to a series-opening win over the Trail Blazers in Portland. The Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
"We had a lot of juices flowing, adrenaline rushing", Green said.
"You know they were one of the top five defensive teams in the league".
On Saturday, the Warriors were missing their best player and floor leader - Curry.
On Saturday, Curry was diagnosed with an MCL sprain and ruled out for at least three weeks. Per the team release, Curry will "intensify his on-court rehabilitation in the coming days, which will include more running and lateral movement".
In case you're one of the people Draymond was referring to, here's a refresher course, courtesy of Game 1: Durant is very long and tough to defend, Thompson usually doesn't miss when he has three feet of separation from his defender, Iggy always earns his fat paycheck in springtime, and as for McGee?
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Even the older guys as well. "So we take it as everybody has to dig deep and not lose two of them on our home floor". But if you think James is going to start sweating it out following the Pacers' series-opening win, think again.
Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. But they could have options.
Spurs injury report: SF Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out. He was in NY.
The absence of each team's arguably best offensive weapon for likely the entire series applies additional pressure onto other players.
Here are three reasons why the Warriors didn't have much trouble defeating the Spurs.
A catalyst for Golden State was the surprise move from Steve Kerr to insert Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup.
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