Popovic's Spurs Caught Out Against New-Look Warriors

San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio Express-News

Curry, who missed Golden State's last 10 regular-season contests after the March 23 setback, will intensify his rehabilitation work in the next few days with more running and lateral movement, the team said in a statement. To make matters worse for the Spurs, Durant only had 24 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.

San Antonio will try to adjust before Monday's Game 2, but the Warriors looked so much better than them on Saturday, I have a hard time believing that the Spurs stand much of a chance to win a game in this series. "We have been here before in the postseason, and we know what it takes to win". With Leonard past year, the Spurs were well on their way to defeating a fully armed Warriors team (up 78-55), after his injury in the third quarter, they could not shine the shoes of the Warriors. The proof of this was on full display after the team's 113-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Golden State set the tone early, furiously rotating, doubling Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge in the low post, and using active hands to force turnovers.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yells at a referee during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter of Game 1 of their National Basketball Association first-round playoff series at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Thompson needed only 13 shots to score a game-high 27 points.

"I thought it was important to re-establish our defense, one way or another, win or lose", Kerr said.

For many reporters, they get used to asking over-simplified, leading questions for which they'll get a typical answer from a coach that plays along. Remember, the Warriors constantly ranked among the better defensive teams during their multiple runs to the NBA Finals.

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

"I have no idea", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in his pregame press conference on Saturday.

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"You know they were one of the top five defensive teams in the league".

Many took to Twitter to comment on Leonard's absence from the playoff game as the Spurs were decimated by the Warriors.

Beat up and missing its four All-Stars at times, Golden State endured a stretch losing seven of 10 last month. They outrebounded San Antonio 51-30. People wondered if they could simply turn it on for the playoffs.

"We know what we're capable of", Green added."You know, there has been games that we've won without Steph - a series". We've got to do better than we think we can do [to] even [the series].

Kerr though didn't feel the need to worry as he sounded positive following the Warriors 40-point defeat to the Jazz, saying: "'My message is go home, take a day off, enjoy yourselves.' Said they haven't been playing with 'joy'".

"I just wanted to put our best defensive lineup on the floor from the beginning", he explained.

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