Warriors back to form, top Spurs

The tone-setter was Draymond Green, as usual.

"That's fair enough. Hats off to Golden State", Murray said. And, boy, did the Warriors shine brightly.

"I thought we were very prepared physically and mentally", Popovich said, as quoted by ESPN.

Curry, who had his Grade 2 left MCL sprain evaluated Friday, is to be re-evaluated next Saturday. "I'm looking forward to hopefully making more progress". When informed of Kerr's comments in the locker room however, Durant, who finished with team highs in points (27) and assists (seven), expressed disagreement. And Green covered 94 feet with his scoring, playmaking and defense.

It reinforced Saturday that, if it continues to play with energy and focus, it should dispose of San Antonio without too much trouble.

At Philadelphia, the 76ers overcame a spirited first half display from Miami before stamping their class on their series opener with a devastating second half display.

A week before, the Warriors were beaten by the Indiana Pacers, 126-106, making their coach Steve Kerr mad as he blasted his team for a "pathetic" effort, saying that they did not care.

But deep down, did anyone buy the notion of the Warriors suddenly forgetting how to play defense?

Thompson (11-for-13) and Durant (9-for-17) combined to hit 20 of their 30 shots for the Warriors, who burned the Spurs' defense for 54.3 percent shooting.


Aldridge was harassed into 5-for-12 shooting.

Rudy Gay paced San Antonio with 15 while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each had 14.

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. "We've got to be better". But at the same time, we've got to be smarter. "Then we're damn near impossible". Both teams are on shakier ground than they have been in years heading into this year's playoffs, despite being two of the more consistently elite National Basketball Association teams over the past five years.

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.

In Curry's absence Saturday, Kerr surprised many by starting Andre Iguodala at point guard over Quinn Cook. And Looney frequently chased loose balls. Curry has only played in 51 games this season. "I think we've got a lot of experience in the playoffs". There have been series where we've won without Kevin, without myself, without our head coach. "That's the only way to have success in the playoffs". "That is the reason we're a championship team".

For the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs. But over the course of a best-of series, it's hard to bet against the Warriors. His availability has been in doubt for a while now. We've won games without Klay. "We all know that". Their fans know how good this team is.

What did it take to win?

The Warriors' defense was almost impeccable from the onset. "That was the game right there". The Warriors addressed the subject again as part of what Kerr called their "playoff preparation".

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