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Disjointed Spurs no match for revamped Warriors' lineup

15 April 2018, 05:56 | Anna Jefferson

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Warriors still the team to beat

Following Golden State's 113-92 victory over the Spurs at Oracle Arena, Warriors beat reporter Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweeted that McGee would indeed stay in the starting lineup for Game 2.

Golden State looked more like the team that has made three straight NBA Finals appearances than a team that lost 10 of their final 17 regular season games with their Game 1 showing.

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 yesterday afternoon as the Golden State Warriors opened defense of their National Basketball Association title with a 113-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round Western Conference series in Oakland, Calif.

OAKLAND The shots sank into the net almost anytime Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson released the ball.

The Raptors struggled into the fourth quarter against a Wizards squad that had the most losses of any playoff team and split four regular-season games against Toronto. "We know, and we're going to show that". Their fans know how good this team is. There have been series where we've won without Kevin, without myself, without our head coach.

The Warriors were determined to pick up their defense, and they did just that. They're not together. They can't win without Steph. To make matters worse for the Spurs, Durant only had 24 points with eight rebounds and seven assists. The Spurs finished with an efficiency rating of 38 percent in the paint but received only 13 opportunities with a player getting his first touch of a possession in the paint, which registered as 16 fewer chances than the Warriors. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes chipped in 14 each.

If McGee's looming presence in the middle bothered the Spurs, they better get used to it - Warriors coach Steve Kerr liked what he saw out of the 30-year-old center. As the game wore on, the Warriors looked more and more comfortable. And that was without the do-everything Curry. The Warriors have plans for nothing short of a repeat title.

"We're a championship ball club".

"At the end of the season, I think we were thinking too far down the line and worrying about the playoffs when we should have been worrying about today", Kevin Durant said in his postgame interview about the Warriors flipping the switch. "We're primed for this". A lot of people have tended to forget what we're capable of.

The NBA playoffs are finally here, and it couldn't come soon enough for the Golden State Warriors.

"When he's ready, he's ready, but he's making progress which is a good sign", Kerr said.

From the opening tip Saturday Golden State played with energy on defense, moved the ball on offense, and exploited their considerable athleticism advantage over San Antonio. "That is the reason we're a championship team". "It's the defense that has been the key for this team for years". Get the app and get the game. We're underdogs. To get a win here we've got to overachieve.

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