Warriors dismantle Spurs in series opener

The Spurs' Rudy Gay tussles with the Warriors' Kevon Looney for a loose ball.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out through Game 3 of the first round, the team announced Saturday morning. The Coyote and the Spurs Silver Dancers will join in on the festivities alongside DJ Quake and Spurs In-Arena Host Chuck Cureau.

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. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum. The Spurs 2018 Playoffs are presented by H-E-B. We kind of hobbled into the playoffs, but we know how talented we are and how good we are. The Warriors started McGee at center and guarding LaMarcus Aldridge and he was a force - at one point in the first quarter it was McGee 9, Spurs 8 (the Warriors had 15).

The reigning champions won just 7 of their last 17 games in the regular season with their biggest loss of the campaign thus far coming in the final game against the Utah Jazz - 119-79. So you have to be able to count on that foundation, and I thought our defense was great, and that set the tone.

Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

You don't simply come back from something like that. Warriors' Stephen Curry makes positive steps in recoveryGolden State has gone without Curry for 16 of the last 17 games as he worked back from another injury to his troublesome right ankle only to sprain the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in his return March 23.

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It is generally accepted that the Warriors will perspire some, feel a degree of burn in their lungs, receive an urgency slap in the face and get pushed toward the edge of their defending championship throne once they play a team from Texas.

"They had more grunt", said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who never is without candor or sarcasm. Golden State has been playing low-energy basketball for most of the year as they wait for the postseason to begin.

Kerr though didn't feel the need to worry as he sounded positive following the Warriors 40-point defeat to the Jazz, saying: "'My message is go home, take a day off, enjoy yourselves.' Said they haven't been playing with 'joy'". I think that we let that take a toll on us a bit when we should've just pushed through it.

The Warriors will probably have Draymond spend most of the game on Aldridge, with Jordan Bell/JaVale McGee/David West covering him whenever Green sits. We've won games without myself. "You can't win in this league in the playoffs unless you defend".

Curry is beyond critical to what the Warriors do. The math just doesn't work for the Spurs, and they have no answer for Durant. When informed of Kerr's comments in the locker room however, Durant, who finished with team highs in points (27) and assists (seven), expressed disagreement.

TORONTO (AP) - Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington.

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