The San Antonio Spurs faced off against the Golden State Warriors in their opening round playoff series for game one and suffered a blowout loss, 92-113.
The Spurs were outdone in just about every aspect in this game.
They were out-rebounded 30-51, they shot 40 percent from the field compared to the Warriors’ 54.4 percent and the Warriors had 32 assists compared to the Spurs’ 19.
Klay Thompson contributed a game-high 27 points, with two rebounds, two assists and a steal while the Warriors' defense held LaMarcus Aldridge to just 14 points in the game.
After the game, the Spurs Zone crew got together to share their main takeaway from the game.
Jeff Garcia, Spurs Zone Lead Writer/Manager:
First, the road woes continues for the Spurs, and second, coming into the series sans Kawhi Leonard, the team simply doesn't have the man-power to contend with the defending champs' potent offense.
The Spurs looked lost on the court at times, couldn't find their defense, and were searching for anyone to put up points considering how the Warriors were swarming LaMarcus Aldridge.
Though Derrick White looked like he could provide a needed boost to the team heading into Game 2 in the limited minutes he got in the opening game.
Michael Rehome, Spurs Zone Contributor:
San Antonio knew they were going to have their hands full against the Golden State Warriors in round 1 of the playoffs. Game 1 may not have gone to planned for the Spurs but for me there was one takeaway from it.
With the starters struggling, the Spurs saw production from the bench. Rudy Gay led the reserves with 15 while Bryn Forbes scored 14. Manu Ginobili added nine as Derrick White finished with seven.
Marquez Anderson, Spurs Zone Contributor:
The Spurs looked defeated from the beginning. Golden State’s JaVale McGee got off to a quick start, and the Warriors took advantage.
As the game professed, it was clear there was no answer for Kevin Durant, so that will have to be addressed immediately.
Additionally, if the Spurs are going to compete at all this series, there will have to be more production on both ends of the floor. The Warriors played with more intensity and urgency from the start and it showed.
Derek Machen, Spurs Zone Contributor:
My take away from today’s game is how big of a mismatch there was with Kevin Durant against whoever San Antonio threw at him. Durant basically ran the point forward for the offense in absence of Steph Curry but it looked like the offense didn’t miss a beat for Golden State.
Aside from that, the overall defensive intensity for the Warriors was much higher than that of the Spurs. Golden State closed out drive and kicks for all 24 seconds of the shot clock and easily made the Spurs look like they didn’t belong in the playoffs.
Not to mention Klay Thompson hardly missed a bucket on the day. With all star players clicking on offense, the Warriors looked poised for a second round appearance in what could be a sweep.
Tyler Clerkin, Spurs Zone Contributor:
My takeaway from Game 1 is simple, we need to figure out something in our offense.
Game 1 showed how valuable LaMarcus Aldridge is. When he doesn’t have a monster game, who can the Spurs turn to? And in Game 1, it was nobody. If the Spurs want to have any chance in winning this series, they need something from some of the others players.
The Warriors have so much fire power on the offensive end and if the Spurs can’t keep up, this series will be over in four.
The Spurs are now down 0-1 to the defending champs and will next play game 2 Monday night in Oakland.