Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out through Game 3 of the first round, the team announced Saturday morning. The Warriors double-teamed Aldridge almost every time he touched the ball to start a possession, daring anyone else on the Spurs to beat them. But Golden State was already locked into the second seed, and finishing the season strong wasn't necessarily a priority.
Golden State was up double digits by the end of the first quarter. There are no signs pointing to Leonard's return, which doesn't bode well for a better showing from San Antonio in Game 2. The Spurs did not have enough depth with star Kawhi Leonard still sidelined with a quadriceps injury that has kept him out for all but nine games this season. "I think the whole point of these games here early in this series is to reestablish our defense". Green contributed 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. "They were more aggressive than us".
The Spurs connected on a paltry 40 percent of their shots from the field, and struggled against a Warriors starting lineup of Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee, which hadn't played any minutes together during the regular season.
If someone told you at the beginning of the season that the Warriors and Spurs were going to meet in the playoffs, it would have been a believable statement-only you would have thought it'd be in the Western Conference finals or semifinals.
The 2018 NBA Playoffs tip-off today with Game 1 between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. "Same as Kevin. Myself". But, they also need to plug the Curry-shaped hole in the starting lineup. Golden State has won two of the three playoff series and owns a 10-5 edge in game wins entering this contest. There are people who will say, 'I'd rather play the Warriors right now in the first round than the Thunder or the Jazz.
The former MVP shot 52.9% from the field, and helped feed the hot hand of Klay Thompson in the second half as the Spurs defensive limitations showed up in a big way. "They're not the same team.blah, blah, blah.' We know what we're capable of".
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. The Spurs finished the game with only three offensive rebounds, none of which resulted in any put back points. Just because they're so talented elsewhere doesn't mean Curry's absence won't be a problem.
76ers 130, Heat 103 • Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the host Philadelphia 76ers romped again without injured Joel Embiid, beating the Miami for their 17th straight win. Without their best player - the NBA's one-man offensive revolution - the Warriors turned in a performance that could, indeed, beat any team in the league. "We got to do better than we think we can do".