Defiant Warriors top Spurs in opener

Apr 24, 2018
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That’s why they’ve had so much success over the years. And his future as the successor to David Robinson and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, which once seemed like a layup, isn’t so automatic anymore.

2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala moved into the starting lineup for the 2018 edition of that “Strength In Numbers” mantra – and all those bright yellow T-shirts through the arena are there to back it.

Warrior star Kevin Durant found himself in a bit of a disconnect with his head coach after Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Aldridge has anchored the Spurs offense all season and at 37-years-old, Gasol can still do damage. The Warriors re-signed Iguodala to a three-year, $48 million deal for a key reason. That was the “championship-level” effort the Warriors failed to display over the last month without Curry in the lineup. They were on the playoffs. Gay was a very nice addition. Green and Bertans are two of the better 3-point shooters on the Spurs roster.

San Antonio allowed the fewest points in the National Basketball Association this season (99.8 per game) and had held Golden State to a season-low 75 in the clubs’ most recent meeting March 19 in San Antonio. It is also possible, however, that the Spurs go with Aldridge at center and Kyle Anderson at power forward.

If the Warriors can make that kind of effort a habit, perhaps this postseason won’t be so hard for them after all. I overruled them and so I let him stay, because he’s wonderful and of course we trust him.

Despite the lack of long balls, the Spurs still run an efficient, although slow, offensive scheme.

Rather, they are being directed at who is now committed to staying off of it. He’s been making shots his whole career.

Where do you even start with that?

Here’s the facts: Leonard has played only nine games this season, citing a quad injury which normally needs a half-season to heal properly based on similar injuries. You know, they were one of the top five defensive teams in the league. They continued to extend their lead into the fourth quarter, going up by as many as 28 before garbage time. The Spurs finished with an efficiency rating of 38 percent in the paint but received only 13 opportunities with a player getting his first touch of a possession in the paint, which registered as 16 fewer chances than the Warriors.

They certainly showed it in Game 1.

Like the Warriors, the Spurs have been here before. The hosts in the first half of the match played double-digit gap. Veterans have taken a step back to allow young players to develop. “We won’t always make shots at that rate but we need to play good defense like that as well”.

At Toronto, the Raptors snapped a streak of losses in all nine prior playoff openers in club history.

Defiant Warriors top Spurs in opener

 

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