San Antonio's offense all season used at its core LaMarcus Aldridge working out of the post, where he can score two on a fadeaway over anyone. Oh, and that lineup had logged zero minutes together during the regular season. Head Coach, Gregg Popovich will be looking to find new ways to score against the tough Warriors defense. 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.
Asked if this was a statement game, Iguodala (four points, seven rebounds, four assists) said, "Well, we're in the playoffs". While last year's Warriors entered their series with San Antonio as focused as any team ever has been, they were the farthest thing from it down the stretch this year.
I never like to overreact in a series from one game to the next, but it was made obvious in that victory that the Spurs are extremely limited offensively and are going to have their hands full at both ends without their best player. Pachulia had nine rebounds, while Bell scored 12 points.
KT: I think it's pretty cool.
"We understand we are not favorites", Ginobili said. "We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win". But he doesn't have a lot of shooting around him to space the floor, so he might hit a cutter on the pass, but the Spurs come away with two. "They were much better than us".
Over the past six months, as they slogged through perhaps the most indifferent 58-win regular season in National Basketball Association history, the Warriors increasingly fielded questions about flipping the switch.
Iguodala, who started just seven games all season before Saturday, had missed four of the final five regular-season games with a sore left knee.
In a separate interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic Durant said: "I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups". Hopefully that mojo doesn't come with us into the playoffs. "I think we'll be fine".
"He's on the court doing some stuff", Kerr said.
The Warriors season closing 58-24 record. At some point, it becomes hard to keep up the motivation for a grueling 82-game season. Getting healthy would be a good start. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Instead, they fiend themselves No. 2. As coaches tend to do in these matters, Kerr jeopardized his vocal chords a few times while trying to get the message across in the disinterested locker room.
So, yes, the Warriors set out to re-introduce themselves and did so Sunday. And there's no problem with that. It wasn't just the offensive end where Patty found life hard. Meaning he might play in Game 4 if his knee passes the examination and if the Warriors need him.
Cook was a two-way player for the Warriors, meaning he split time between the Santa Cruz Warriors (G-League affiliate) and Golden State.