"You have to be able to count on that foundation, and I thought our defense was great, and that set the tone". In the late Western Conference game, Anthony Davis scored 35 points to lead New Orleans to a series-opening win over the Trail Blazers in Portland.
"We looked like a deer in the headlights", Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. Klay Thompson had a game-high 27 points, and Kevin Durant filled the stat sheet with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors expect he will not return. Many were wondering what adjustments the Warriors-who finished the season 7-10, with many ugly losses-would have to make going into their first playoff game, especially without their star Stephen Curry. Seriously, what was left to accomplish, other than to stay healthy? 'The Warriors have lost it. "We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win". "We just want to be able to challenge those shots, knowing that he's going to make a lot of them, but I think JaVale was able to challenge some of them and make it hard".
JaVale McGee had a strong performance in Game 1.
John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
"He's very tall", said Kerr. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes chipped in 14 each. Manu Ginobili? Tony Parker? Without it, well, unfortunately for the Spurs, Kawhi wasn't limping through that door Sunday.
Kerr went with his best defensive unit. They spotted 126 points each to the Pelicans and Pacers, and in the season final did a complete no-show, getting spanked by 40 courtesy of Utah. Whether or not he'll get traded this summer is still a matter very much in the air. They boxed out well, dominating the Spurs on the glass 51-30. Wouldn't that be understandable, and wise on some levels, given the risk of something bad happening to a hamstring?
The Spurs never really got back into the game, as the reigning champions held them at arm's length through the entire game.
"We finally got back to defending", said Kerr.
A catalyst for Golden State was the surprise move from Steve Kerr to insert Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup. "The last month or so our defense had been subpar".
Where do you even start with that?
Curry averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds for the Warriors, who have played without several top players during the season due to injuries.
If Mills and the Spurs intend on clawing their way back into the series, adjustments will be need to be made. The teams split four games, all of them being decided by single-digits. "They were much better than us". "So we had too many emotions and it kind of took us away from what we wanted to do". It was a mock vote but they all voted that he had to leave the room. Then we get going on the offensive end on the fast break. We understand we're not favorites. "Today we were anxious about the present and came out with a good game plan and executed".
Klay Thompson was ludicrously efficient. "I think it was good for us to go through the little rough patches because we saw some things that worked and didn't work that teams would take advantage of".