If so, they didn't show it, as they began their title defense with a convincing 113-92 win over the Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio SpursÂ in Game 1 of their first round series.
On Saturday, however, Durant assured the Warriors would get back to their winning ways. Many believe that by the time the 2017-18 season wraps up, 15 more playoff wins, and of course, yet another National Basketball Association championship will be added to that resume.
However, Curry was unable to do so, spending the entirety of the first game of the Warriors' playoff run on the team's bench in street clothes. Can anyone from San Antonio stop Golden State's offensive attack?
"I thought we were prepared mentally and physically, but I was mistaken".
But it wasnât all roses, as LaMarcus Aldridge roasted every center on the Warriors roster. So far, so ... prophetic: It's 2-0 Warriors now in the best-of-seven after Monday's 116-101 victory, with no meaningful slippage in sight for the defending champions. "We don't want to go home [down] 0-2". Questions about Iguodala's poor shooting percentages or his less-than-stellar on-ball defense in the regular season were met with exasperation - they said that the game-tape told a different story.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and Philadelphia romped again without Joel Embiid, beating Miami for its 17th straight win. "That was the best defensive 48 minutes that we have competed against all year long".
Another interesting lineup change that Kerr chose to make was to start Andre Iguodala, the seasoned veteran and former Finals MVP, at the "point guard" position instead of Quinn Cook (point guard is in quotes because since the Warriors offense is so freeform, the ball isn't primarily going to be in Iguodala's hands whenever he's in). Coming into the game, the Warriors were nine-point favorites according to oddsmakers BetDSI. "We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win".
San Antonio can't shoot much worse than the series opener, making just 32-of-80 attempts (40 percent) from the field.
"He was very good", said Green, a North Babylon product.
The Warriors got offense from Klay Thompson (27 points), Kevin Durant (24) and Draymond Green (12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds). We haven't gotten beat up on.
The Warriors' defense was almost impeccable from the onset.
The veteran point guard was terrible in Game 1 as he finished with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting and was a team-worst minus-17 in just 13 minutes.
Indeed, Iguodala had feelers from other teams, namely the Houston Rockets - Golden State's biggest threat in the West.
George splashed 8-of-11 triples for a game-high 36 points to look like the player that many thought would make the Thunder a title contender when he was traded from IN last summer. In the second half, their first possession was a turnover. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games.