Raptors 114, Wizards 106 • Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Toronto Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington.
San Antonio ranked fourth in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency during the regular season behind only the 76ers, Celtics and Jazz.
At long last, the NBA Playoffs are here. While the surface-level view would indicate some issues for the Warriors (only the Miami Heat held the Warriors to a lower scoring average across their games this season), a deeper look shows some mitigating circumstances that make the Spurs appear more threatening than they probably will be in this series. Seriously, though: Anything less would've been a big surprise. "They had more physicality", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown to get the rout rolling. Seriously, what was left to accomplish, other than to stay healthy?
"We know what it takes this time of year in order to win", Draymond Green said Saturday. 'The Warriors have lost it.
"I think we focused in on just trying to win every possession on the defensive side of the ball", Kevin Durant said. "A lot of people forgot". "He will be re-evaluated again in one (1) week". So here are the 15 best reactions to McGee's hot playoff start that may or may not be related to his mouthguard - which many fans seem to believe is an actual grill.
"Didn't work very well", Popovich said.
There's no way Curry comes back earlier that round two, right? McGee brings four more inches and therefore made it tough for Aldridge, who managed only 14 points and was mainly a ghost.
Rudy Gay scored 15 points for the Spurs. Because that's what needs to happen for San Antonio.
What irritated Kerr was how the Warriors dialed down their defensive intensity in the weeks leading into the playoffs. That was GSW' s third loss to Utah this season. He was a member of the 2012 Olympic team and MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals. Whether or not he'll get traded this summer is still a matter very much in the air. "So you have to be able to count on that foundation, and I thought our defense was great and set the tempo".
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The Spurs tried to double-team Durant on Saturday.
Asked about keeping McGee in the starting lineup, Kerr responded "Probably. It's the defence that has been the key for this team for years". "I think you guys know, over the last month or so, our defense has been sub-par".
Where do you even start with that? We know how good we are.
Many speculated on what kind of message the Spurs star's absence sent.
On Saturday, the Warriors were missing their best player and floor leader - Curry.
Thompson caught fire from the field, hitting on 11-of-13 field goals, including 5-of-6 three pointers, en route to 27 points. All of this was necessary with Curry not expected back for the first round; he just received the green light to press the accelerator during rehab and begin lateral movements. The Warriors almost doubled the Spurs in the assist department (32-19) and had more crisp ball movement in both half-court sets and transition. "They were much better than us". The lack of spacing shrunk the floor for Aldridge and forced the Spurs into contested attempts at the end of the shot clock. "When he and his group feel he's ready, then he'll be ready". We understand we're not favorites. "So we'll fight as hard as we can in Game 2". He remains stymied by a quad injury that apparently hasn't healed enough for his liking. Without Kawhi, the Spurs are shooting spitballs at a tank.
OAKLAND The shots sank into the net almost anytime Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson released the ball.
Well, tough for one team in Texas.