Golden State Warriors flip switch in Game 1 vs. Spurs

Kevon Looney

The Spurs Must Sacrifice All To Fix Their Broken Relationship With Kawhi Leonard

Klay Thompson scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 24 as the Golden State Warriors never trailed in a 113-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

After losing 10 of their last 17 games of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors shifted to playoff mode Saturday. But hey, it worked.

The San Antonio Spurs are in many ways the opposite of the Warriors.

The Warriors also said his on-court rehab "will intensify" before he's re-evaluated in a week.

Curry, who Kerr ruled out for the entire first round, was re-examined Friday and continues to make solid progress.

Golden State ranks first in fast break points per game (19.3) while San Antonio ranks 22nd (10.3). Aldridge was one for six in shots attempted against McGee. Most notably, center JaVale McGee dominated the initial frame, posting nine points, two rebounds and one steal within the first seven minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14 points and two rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 15 points and two assists.

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The Spurs had an 18-year run of 50-win seasons snapped when they went 47-35, good for just the seventh seed in the West.

The Warriors need to guard against the return of complacency game-to-game - especially if they have a couple of easy wins in a series in a row - but for one day that question was put to rest. San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games versus Golden State. Common sense, too, wants to chime in and declare the Spurs without Kawhi Leonard are just standing in the way, albeit proudly, of the Warriors' path to greater things in the post-season. San Antonio has enough weapons to keep games close, but the Warriors' stellar outside shooting and the defensive and rebounding presence of Draymond Green should do enough to prevent the Spurs from winning more than a game.

"I'm all about the team", Cook said.

Here's a look at the Warriors projected starting lineup and rotation without Curry. Both however are good defensive players within a team concept, making good plays on the ball and rotating well, key parts of the mid-range-and-D system that carried the Spurs here (along with veteran wing Danny Green, who had a small offensive upswing this year by virtue of attacking more off the dribble again).

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