Warriors opens title defense with Spurs rout

Warriors opens title defense with Spurs rout

Even without injured superstar Steph Curry, the Warriors enjoy a massive talent advantage against San Antonio.

In Game 2, the Warriors spent most of the time fighting for each possession and laboring through each shot.

The 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala was also placed into a starting role, who's only started in seven games this past regular season. Gay led the team in scoring with 15 points.

So much was said about the Warriors' focus at the end of the regular season and how they were waiting for the Playoffs to start.

John Wall led Washington with 23 points and 15 assists while Markieff Morris added 22 points and 11 rebounds. We've won games without our head coach.

The defending champions flipped the switch in Game 1 after a lethargic close to the season without Stephen Curry. However, Iguodala helped propel the Warriors to an early lead with some sharp shooting from the perimeter. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, which will be a crucial health meter for the Big Four and the Warriors as a whole. They committed 7 turnovers in the first quarter alone, while the Spurs only coughed the ball up once the opening quarter. It wasn't that the Spurs were less physical, it was more that the Warriors attacked so quickly that they didn't give the defenders a chance to do the same damage they did in the first half.

Green, Durant and the others quickly closed on shooters and got hands up to alter shots. "And when he's hitting those shots it does a lot for our offense".

Halftime arrived with the Spurs clinging to a 53-47 lead.

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

Simmons shines in Sixers rout At Philadelphia, the 76ers overcame a spirited first half display from Miami before stamping their class on their series opener with a devastating second half display. The Warriors were 4-13 from 3-point range while the Spurs were 3-17 from beyond the arc. He went 5-of-7 overall in 19 minutes. To put it lightly, the Warriors look a little vulnerable. The Warriors were shooting 48% while the Spurs were shooting just 38%.

Green, Durant and Thompson have since returned from their respective injuries, but the Warriors' rhythm has looked out of sorts for some time now. They had 34 points in the paint through three quarters, while the Warriors had 20.

The Warriors struggled down the stretch of the regular season and finished with only the third-best record in the National Basketball Association behind Western Conference leader Houston and Eastern Conference pace-setter Toronto.

West was forced to limp off the court after twisting his ankle.

If Mills and the Spurs intend on clawing their way back into the series, adjustments will be need to be made.

Klay Thompson was ludicrously efficient. Not in his 24 minutes, 14 points, and 5-of-12 shooting. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation.

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