Golden State Warriors Take Game 2 Against San Antonio Spurs 116-101

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

We also saw the Golden State Warriors manhandle the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 in Game 1. There are no signs pointing to Leonard's return, which doesn't bode well for a better showing from San Antonio in Game 2.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson found his shot and scored 27 points by making 11 of 13 shots.

In the process, Thompson had one of his most efficient games in recent memory. Thompson missed missed four of his five shots, but rebounded to make 10 the last 14. Aldridge has 28 points and Rudy Gay has 12.

However, on a designed play following Gasol's second made free throw, Draymond Green threw a 75-foot pass to Thompson, who had gotten behind the San Antonio defence.

San Antonio, meanwhile, was drubbed 126-99 in Game 1 of the Western semifinals by the Houston Rockets last May, only to turn things around immediately with an equally decisive 121-96 blitz in Game 2 en route to an eventual six-game victory in the series. Kevin Durant added 24 to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. It clearly frustrated the Warriors, who spent more time complaining in the first half than scoring, and it led to a 53-47 Spurs halftime lead. We know how talented we are.

With the first set of playoff games out of the way, it's time to take stock of all eight first-round matchups, and where they stand after the opening weekend. He's shooting 23-of-33 over his first two games, which couldn't be a worse sign for the rest of the league, as a year ago Thompson shot just 39 percent over the whole playoffs yet the Warriors still breezed to a championship.

But this is a different Spurs team, one lacking any consistent offensive threat outside of Aldridge and they couldn't capitalize on the Warriors mistakes. Now the franchise looks to redeem themselves sin Game 2.

The Spurs will need power forward, Lamarcus Aldridge, to have a much better game on Monday night than he did in Game 1.

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The Warriors came right of the gates, attempting to bury the Spurs early with a 15-8 lead.

If you've been keeping up with the Warriors for the past two months, then you'd have noticed the immediate change in pace, energy, and motivation; it seems that the team's metaphorical mental basketball switch has indeed been flipped.

Golden State has now won nine of the past 10 meetings, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, going 7-3 against the spread during that stretch. "No, I didn't anticipate him leaving - he knows this is a great situation for him and we rewarded him for everything he's done and what we think he can do for us".

Golden State's biggest lead of the game came on a 3-point shot by Quinn Cook to make the score 116-97 with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter.

The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors are facing off against the San Antonio Spurs in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. Warriors outscored Spurs 33-22 in in the quarter.

"That's fair enough. Hats off to Golden State", Murray said.

Green got into early foul trouble for the Warriors when he picked up two quick personal fouls less than three minutes into the game.

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