San Antonio Spurs: 3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Warriors

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The short-handed San Antonio Spurs thought they had adequately prepared for Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Golden State Warriors, but coach Gregg Popovich expressed surprise and disappointment Saturday in a squad he said "looked like a deer in headlights" in a 113-92 loss.

OAKLAND The three players are different in stature and skill level.

The Warriors had improved to 9-21 beyond the arc, while the Spurs were languishing at an ineffective 4-25 from 3-point range.

Green, Durant and the others quickly closed on shooters and got hands up to alter shots.

The Warriors have had a history with the San Antonio Spurs, sweeping them in the previous season in the Western Conference Finals, which helped them reach a historical 16-1 record and ultimately becoming the National Basketball Association champs.

Durant led the Warriors with 32 points. Klay Thompson was unstoppable as he went off for 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting.


"Ball movement is hard to guard". However, his huge contributions don't really appear on the stat sheet; he understands how to run the Warriors offense by pushing the pace and keeping the ball moving. The defending champs hope to get the same performance out of their two All-Stars and hopefully more will come in Game 2.

Obviously, the Warriors have a better formula when Stephen Curry is healthy. "I think he also took a couple gambles that he didn't necessarily take in the first game, but that happens throughout the course of the game". "If we come out and play with the force that we're capable of playing with, we'll be fine". The Sixers could end this one early with Embiid back in the lineup. Those two, coupled with the added intensity from reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green and the usual solidity of Thompson, completely stifled the Spurs. "He empowers everyone to be themselves".

But it wasn’t all roses, as LaMarcus Aldridge roasted every center on the Warriors roster. "We know that we have a lot of weapons around us. We've got to get a quicker feel of the physicality of the game - how it's being reffed, what they're gonna let go - and be prepared to make any changes needed". It's a great feeling when you win.

"We'll have Danny grow four or five inches by Monday night, tell him to jump higher and move quicker, and we'll tell Kevin, 'Don't be so good'". Coming into the game, the Warriors were nine-point favorites according to oddsmakers BetDSI. The Warriors re-signed Iguodala to a three-year, $48 million deal for a key reason. "We need him, but he told me he was doing OK". "He's led our team at both ends of the floor".

"For us to be able to throw Andre out there one through four offensively and defensively", Kerr said, "it's an incredible valuable thing".

Going forward, the Warriors will likely need to continue to rely on the efforts of Durant. We haven't gotten beat up on. "He was penetrating as well", Durant said.

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