Disjointed Spurs no match for revamped Warriors' lineup

Gregg Popovich: Spurs were a 'deer in headlights' in Game 1 loss

"I think we focused in on just trying to win every possession on the defensive side of the ball", Kevin Durant said. They can't win without Steph (Curry).

The Warriors' unquestioned leader with Curry sidelined by a sprained left MCL, Kevin Durant (24 points on 9-for-17 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists) flirted with a triple-double.

JaVale McGee scored 15 points and played aggressive defense while Green had 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting.

"We had the deer in the headlights look in the first quarter", Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said of San Antonio's lethargic start.

Game Two in the best-of-seven series is Monday night (Tuesday NZ time) back at Oracle Arena. The Warriors addressed the subject again as part of what Kerr called their "playoff preparation".

Kerr said last month that the Warriors can beat anyone in the league, even without Curry in the lineup.

Golden State said all week it's a new season, then went out and showed it.

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Leonard could certainly make a comeback, but those prospects seem slim, and from the Warriors' perspective, it makes more sense to game-plan for San Antonio without their star.

"I thought we were very prepared physically and mentally", Popovich said, as quoted by ESPN. So we're primed for this. "I think we've got a lot of experience in the playoffs".

Golden State came with the kind of swarming defence it is so used to playing but hadn't exhibited much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness.

San Antonio couldn't keep up from the opening tip. Game 3 at the AT&T Center is set for Thursday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m., and Game 4 will tip at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in San Antonio. They (Pacers) played better basketball than us, They came out with a better strategy. Andre Iguodala, who got the starting nod over Quinn Cook, had just three points but collected seven rebounds while dishing four assists in 23 minutes of action as Steve Kerr's moves worked in the opener. But the Warriors made it clear early on - unless the back of the jersey displayed the name "Aldridge", they weren't concerned.

Before the game, the Warriors' starting lineup was another mystery. "That was the game right there".

It turns out Kerr might just have a good handle on how to coach his team. He'll have his work cut out for him against the stingy Spurs' point-of-attack defense, which, by the way, finished fourth in defensive efficiency without Kawhi Leonard, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. "That is the reason we're a championship team". Iggy spread his limbs all over the floor, guarding bigs and smalls, switching on the screen and generally being a pest to the other team, as he generally is this time of year. "But he's making good progress".

"Everybody kept our individual games on point", Durant said.

Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

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