Durant, Thompson shine for Warriors in Game 1 blowout win against Spurs

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2018

The Warriors started McGee at center and guarding LaMarcus Aldridge and he was a force - at one point in the first quarter it was McGee 9, Spurs 8 (the Warriors had 15).

The Warriors started off the postseason on the right foot, seemingly "flipping the switch" after struggling nearly the entire second half of the 2017-18 regular season. Most likely, they were merely victims of human nature: While going 7-10 down the stretch, the Warriors simply grew bored with the meaningless late season, especially once Curry hurt his knee on March 23.

The Warriors will probably have Draymond spend most of the game on Aldridge, with Jordan Bell/JaVale McGee/David West covering him whenever Green sits.

The San Antonio Spurs have the 4th best defensive rating with 102.4 in the league.

Warrior star Kevin Durant found himself in a bit of a disconnect with his head coach after Thursday's game against the Indiana Pacers. According to multiple reports, Spurs physicians have declared the two-time all star as being healthy enough to return, but Leonard maintains he isn't ready for game-action.

Heading into the playoffs Nick Young was getting significant playing time for the Golden State Warriors. He missed 73 games this season.

From the top seeds in Houston and Toronto, to the old stalwarts in Golden State and Cleveland, to the brash up-and-comers in Philadelphia and Minnesota, there are potential storylines galore - and no real way to predict how it all may shake out.

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"I always knew everybody on our team had a good spirit, a good energy for the game", said Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP. However, Leonard has only played in nine out of the team's 82 games this season and the team was still 47-35.

But Murray is an excellent defender, and he's 6-5. "We won't always make shots at that rate but we need to play good defense like that as well".

Young chipped in three points in eight minutes as the Warriors cruised to victory. If Joel Embiid comes back faster than expected from a fractured orbital bone, Philadelphia could do some real damage in the East. "I'm looking forward to hopefully making more progress as we look towards the playoffs". They were much stronger defensively with 36 rebounds while the other 24 were on the offensive end.

Maybe we'll get a Cavaliers-Warriors final for the fourth year in a row.

Even if the Spurs' 2017 series with the Warriors was swift, this is a fresh chance.

In a separate interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic Durant said: "I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups".

"I don't think they get out of the first round". Hopefully that mojo doesn't come with us into the playoffs.

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