Draymond Green: Warriors 'know what it takes' to win in playoffs


"But I was mistaken".

When asked about the start to the contest after the game, a typically blunt Gregg Popovich commented, "We looked like deer [caught] in the headlights". "The defense was really poor as far as following game plan of the first quarter, and it's a bad combination to play defense like that and not shoot at the other end". Amid injuries to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, the team went limped to a 14-10 record in their last 24 games, making Saturday's series-opening victory all the more noteworthy. The Spurs have never dropped six consecutive postseason games under Popovich, though that streak will likely be seriously tested unless San Antonio comes up with some very different ideas very quickly. Iguodala had missed the final five games of the regular season prior to his start this past Friday. Golden State was 19-20 from the line on the night. "They did what they're supposed to do, which is protect home court".

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Sixers coach Brett Brown was sympathetic to the injured Embiid's position without offering a timetable for the player's return.

Another interesting lineup change that Kerr decided to make was to start Andre Iguodala, the seasoned veteran and former Finals MVP, at the "point guard" position instead of Quinn Cook (point guard is in quotes because since the Warriors offense is so freeform, the ball isn't primarily going to be in Iguodala's hands whenever he's in). "I think that's the beauty of our team: that all of us can go off and score 30 or get eight, nine assists or grab 11 rebounds".

So, they chose to show the world that they can flip the switch mid-game - in the playoffs. They did not have enough depth with Spurs star Kawhi Leonard still sidelined with a quadriceps injury that has kept him out for all but nine games. The Spurs remained competitive in the second, and strong play by Aldridge, Gay, and Pau Gasol allowed them to take a 7-point lead into halftime. "Some were a little bit strong. If we come out and play with the force that we're capable of playing with, we'll be fine".

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San Antonio struggled from the floor for the second straight game, finishing 35 for 85 (41.2 percent).

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

Aldridge said the extra attention applied by Golden State's defense caused him to "overthink" things. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum. "We got the job done", said Raptors star Kyle Lowry.

We knew the Spurs would throw a counterpunch - we just didn't know it would be a literal one. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds got an terrible performance from Bledsoe and still lost in overtime.

But Golden State's relentless pressure and offensive variety-- even without the injured Stephen Curry - inevitably began to tell in the second half, and the reigning National Basketball Association champions slowly turned the screw to overhaul San Antonio and pull clear.