The San Antonio Spurs opened up the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, 92-113.
In the rematch from last year’s Western Conference Finals, the Warriors picked up where they left off as they opened up the game out-scoring the Spurs 28-17 in the first period.
And from there, the Warriors never relinquished their lead which grew to as much as 28 points in the game.
The Spurs failed to find any sort of answer as the Warriors continued to build their lead into double digits.
The Spurs were out-rebounded 30-51 by the Warriors. They were also outdone in field goal percentage as they only shot 40-percent from the field compared to the Warriors’ 54.3-percent.
To make matters worse, the Spurs scored zero second-chance points while the Warriors scored 15 points.
Klay Thompson contributed a game-high 27 points, with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Kevin Durant tallied 24 points and a game-high-tying eight rebounds, adding seven assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play.
Let’s take a look at who shined and who didn’t for the Spurs in the loss.
Rudy Gay and Bryn Forbes:
Rudy Gay and Bryn Forbes were a few of the only players to make anything happen in this one. Gay finished the game with 15 points while Forbes finished with 14 of his own.
Gay has been playing well as of late and he managed to carry that into the postseason. Although we saw him make some sloppy plays, we also saw him be aggressive and make shots.
Forbes has been inconsistent all season, but he was able to make the most of his 24 minutes on the floor.
Known for being a great three point shooter, he was only able to hit one tonight. He finished the game shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field and was able to get to the free throw line seven times.
After carrying this Spurs team all season, LaMarcus Aldridge seemed to be non-existent.
Finishing the game with only 14 points, Aldridge was smothered by the Warriors. He was held to shooting an underwhelming 41.7 percent from the field.
If the Spurs want any chance at winning this series, they need more out of Aldridge. We have seen him have monster games this season including their last matchup against the Warriors in the regular season where Aldridge finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds.
Credit the Warriors' defense and the play of JaVale McGee for containing him but he needs to assert himself in Game 2.