Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

NBA playoffs 2018 Andre Iguodala exits game with injury

NBA playoffs 2018 Andre Iguodala exits game with injury

That's what a 113-92 wipeout Game 1 win at Oracle Arena accomplished, if nothing else.

The quality of Golden State's defense amplified the difference between the teams. "They are not the same team.' Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah'".

From the opening tip, Golden State was executing smart plays. "The first quarter, we looked like deer in the headlights".

The Warriors struggled down the stretch of the regular season and finished with only the third-best record in the National Basketball Association behind Western Conference leader Houston and Eastern Conference pace-setter Toronto.

Thompson dropped in five of his six 3-point attempts as Golden State, which struggled offensively down the stretch of the regular season with Stephen Curry nursing a knee injury, shot 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

Regardless of how engaged the Warriors are and how their style of play changes, they're still supremely talented without Curry. "We got the job done", said Raptors star Kyle Lowry. Kerr started JaVale McGee at center in addition to Andre Iguodala over Quinn Cook at the guard position and the new quintet stifled the Spurs with their defensive effort.

If the Warriors stay engaged and defending at this level, the math is going to end this series quickly for the Spurs.

Kevin Durant drives past Patty Mills as the Golden State Warriors took down the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of their Western Conference playoff. "We just want to be able to challenge those shots, knowing that he's going to make a lot of them, but I think JaVale was able to challenge some of them and make it hard". Same with Kevin. We have won games without myself. A lot of people have tended to forget what we're capable of.

Asked if this was a statement game, Iguodala (four points, seven rebounds, four assists) said, "Well, we're in the playoffs".

"We did not end the season on a high note", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "We know what it takes this time of year in order to win", said Warriors forward Draymond Green. The Warriors managed just 75 points in that game, their lowest point total of the season. We're underdogs. To get a win here we've got to overachieve.

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. With the second-best record in the West secured, and first place conceded to Houston, weren't they just tapping their toes until the first round? Durant blended a mix of efficiency (9 of 17) and passing (seven assists) along with eight rebounds. Overall, they were so much better in every aspect that we had no shot. Without their best player - the NBA's one-man offensive revolution - the Warriors turned in a performance that could, indeed, beat any team in the league.

When a reporter finally gets to ask a question like, "Were you surprised by the Warriors' starting lineup and was the tone of the game set from the beginning?" he compliments the reporter on the question and gives a good answer.

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