The Warriors made an interesting lineup change for their first playoff game

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

"We're a championship ballclub", Green said after the Warriors routed the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday in Game 1 of the first-round series. Belinelli and Ilyasova combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one.

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It didn't matter that Iguodala had only three points in the game - he was vital to the win.

But unlike the turnovers from Game 1, which Kerr called "careless", this time it was the Spurs defense causing the majority of the problems. May have thought he could guard Quinn Cook, the point guard who started the final 16 games that Stephen Curry missed during the regular season. San Antonio is 0-8 ATS in its last eight road games.

When the All-Star connected again from the perimeter two possessions later, the Warriors had their biggest lead of the game to that point, 88-77 with 10:26 to go.

To make matters worse, the Warriors ended up getting matched up with the San Antonio Spurs during the first round. "We were hoping he wasn't going to leave", Kerr said. The Warriors pick up another home win to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Golden State shot 52.5 percent (41/78) and nailed 15 of 31 attempts from beyond the arc, The Warriors had crisp ball movement, finishing with 32 assists on their 41 made field goals. LaMarcus Aldridge was the only Spurs starter to score in double figures with 14 points as Danny Green (six points) and Patty Mills (five points) struggled to find room to operate against a renewed Warriors defense. With no real indication on whether or not Leonard would be returning in the playoffs, the Spurs came in regardless, ready to place further doubts in the minds of the Warriors. His defensive prowess is also key for the Warriors every game. Those numbers could rise in Game 2 if the game manages to stay closer.

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The Warriors had too much length for the Spurs, especially with their modified, unusually long starting lineup that differed from the small ball "Death Lineup" that the Warriors have made famous. "And so we had a few mistakes that were unforced, but I think majority came due to their pressure". Even with a high-powered offense at their disposal, Golden State was able to take Game 1 with their suffocating defense.

When Iguodala hits two or more 3's in a game, the Warriors are an absurd 76-17. "[You] can't win in this league in the playoffs unless you defend, and they defended tonight, and we went with our best defensive group".

Green's 11 rebounds were a game-high.

The Warriors host the Spurs in game two on Monday.

Bettors will be curious to see how Golden State performs in this spot after going 7-10 straight up down the stretch and 6-15 ATS dating back to February 28.

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