Double teams flew toward Aldridge in the post, and Golden State's defense rotated on a string to stifle any ball movement.
Still, there have been signs that the members of the team seem not on the same page mentally, and it's worth wondering if simply getting everyone healthy will be enough for them to get back on track as they continue their title defense in the playoffs looking bleak. Golden State collected a hefty 51-30 advantage on the glass to help overcome 15 turnovers in the contest. Meaning he might play in Game 4 if his knee passes the examination and if the Warriors need him.
Regardless of how engaged the Warriors are and how their style of play changes, they're still supremely talented without Curry.
"We were not as ready to face a team like them", said Ginobili.
This is very well deserved for McGee, who had a stellar game against the Spurs with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, four rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal in just 16 minutes of action.
Kerr said he discerned the defensive intensity early into the game, which was his hope.
With Aldridge on lockdown, the Warriors' D had accomplished its main mission, because the Spurs lack a secondary source of punch.
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James' teams have won 21 consecutive opening-round contests, a streak that started in Game 5 of the Miami-New York series in 2012. As it stands, Spurs are no threat to win the Western Conference , but that changes if Leonard reinserts himself into the lineup.
In Portland, Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and New Orleans beat the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their playoff series. "We don't want to go home [down] 0-2". Same with Kevin. We have won games without myself.
Gregg Popovic was disappointed with his team after their opening game loss in the best of seven series and labeled their performance "like a deer in the headlights".
"I thought it was important for us to reestablish our defense", Kerr said. Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all also felled by multi-game and/or multi-week ailments in March, while others like Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala have yet to play in April thanks to injuries of their own.
Miami led 60-56 at half-time but were unable to respond to a second-half onslaught from the in-form 76ers, who have now won 17 games straight. Even without Curry, Golden State will still look to put up a lot of shots from beyond the arc and bury the Spurs in triples.
"We took away some things that teams have been exploiting against us the last, you know, two weeks", Iguodala said after the game.
When the Spurs did attempt to challenge Durant, he put on his playmaker hat, dishing out seven assists. They (Pacers) played better basketball than us, They came out with a better strategy.
When a reporter finally gets to ask a question like, "Were you surprised by the Warriors' starting lineup and was the tone of the game set from the beginning?" he compliments the reporter on the question and gives a good answer.