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Spurs vs. Warriors, Game 1 recap, reactions: Outgunned in playoff opener

Spurs vs. Warriors, Game 1 recap, reactions: Outgunned in playoff opener

"We're a championship ball club", Green said after the Warriors routed the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday in Game 1 of the first-round series. Oh, and that lineup had logged zero minutes together during the regular season. But hey, it worked. With Curry being re-evaluated in a week, he will miss at least at least three playoff games, as Games 2 and 3 of the Warriors' series against the San Antonio Spurs are on Monday and Thursday respectively.

Thompson found his shooting touch and scored 27 points, making 11 of 13 shots, while 7-footer JaVale McGee started in Steve Kerr's center-by-committee approach and contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 16 minutes. Intensified rehab work will include "more running and lateral movement", the team said.

Getty Quinn Cook is filling in for Steph Curry in the Warriors starting lineup.

Final Prediction: Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 4-1 to advance to the second round.

I'm not sold on Golden State until Curry returns from injury and who knows when he'll be ready.

Reserve Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each added 14 for San Antonio. Cook is averaging 9.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds this season for the Warriors. If the Warriors are going to roll today, it's probably because San Antonio had no answer for Durant.

Golden State has a few new players to throw at teams in the 2018 playoffs. But the Warriors made it clear early on - unless the back of the jersey displayed the name "Aldridge", they weren't concerned.

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Cook was a two-way player for the Warriors, meaning he split time between the Santa Cruz Warriors (G-League affiliate) and Golden State. On the other side, the Warriors can get past a handful of teams without a couple of their stars.

Heading into the Warriors' opening-round playoff series against the Spurs, there was some talk that the defending champions had reason for worry.

Cook has played 33 games for the Warriors, and started 18 games for Golden State.

"We've got a chance", said LeBron James, who will be seeking his eighth straight trip to the finals.

Iguodala, a 14-year veteran replaced Quinn Cook, who has spent most of the past month starting at point guard for the injured Stephen Curry but had never appeared in a playoff game.

"We were not as ready to face a team like them", said Ginobili.

The team shot 54 percent from the field, but their defense was even better stifling the Spurs to 40 percent shooting.


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