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Golden State Warriors, 4-16

Golden State Warriors, 4-16

No, not the Spurs, at least that's what the hunch and the outset of this first-round playoff series says.

This season, both teams are in much dicier situations due to injuries.

The explanations behind the far-less-than-stellar play all season (which still resulted in 58 wins, third-best in the NBA) were freaky and ever-changing: the Warriors were both exhausted and conserving energy, confident and yet concerned. So here are the 15 best reactions to McGee's hot playoff start that may or may not be related to his mouthguard - which many fans seem to believe is an actual grill. Taking the fourth-fewest shots at the rim, fifth-fewest three-pointers and fourth-most mid-range attempts, their offensive production is not what it could be if they prioritized more efficient looks. Remember, the Warriors constantly ranked among the better defensive teams during their multiple runs to the NBA Finals.

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. The Warriors managed just 75 points in that game, their lowest point total of the season.

"We did not end the season on a high note", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.

The tone-setter was Draymond Green, as usual. Meaning he might play in Game 4 if his knee passes the examination and if the Warriors need him. The Warriors beat the Spurs at their own game Saturday - San Antonio got the half-court, grind-it-out game it wanted, but the Warriors flipped every advantage the Spurs thought they had. Any Spurs victory will likely be hand-delivered by a Warriors team that takes its foot off the pedal.

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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.

It's too bad that the Kawhi Situation continues to follow the Spurs like a dark cloud.

"It's just, you know, playoffs, generally speaking, you cut down a little bit", Kerr said.

The NBA playoffs are finally here, and it couldn't come soon enough for the Golden State Warriors. Which they probably won't, judging from Game 1. With Kawhi Leonard presumably out for the rest of the season, Aldridge is really the only serious offensive threat that the Spurs have at their disposal.

Golden State outscored San Antonio 40-24 in 16 minutes with its starting lineup on the floor, as it put together a defensive efficiency rating of 71.1. Under no circumstance, however, should anyone ever doubt a Gregg Popovich-coached team.

The quality of Golden State's defense amplified the difference between the teams. The Spurs are going to have to find some scoring options and quickly: they simply can't expect that Golden State is going to go frigid from the floor multiple times in a seven game series. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum.


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