Kevin Durant's 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists paved the way for the Warriors 113-92 game one blowout win over the Spurs last night.
The former MVP shot 52.9% from the field, and helped feed the hot hand of Klay Thompson in the second half as the Spurs defensive limitations showed up in a big way.
Danny Green struggled all night guarding Durant, especially in the paint where the Warriors' forward went 4-of-6. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich provided yet another classic interview response when asked how he thought the matchup went between Green and KD.
“Did you watch the game?” Popovich replied. “What do you think? It didn’t work very well. So we’ll have Danny grow four or five inches by Monday night, tell him to jump higher and move quicker, and we’ll tell Kevin ‘Don’t be so good.’”
Realistically though, San Antonio has very few options in terms of guarding the reigning finals MVP. Putting the 6'6 Green on a near seven footer, with the length that Durant has and shoots as well as does is not going to keep him quiet whatsoever.
Minus Kawhi Leonard, there's really nobody on the roster thats equipped to deal with Durant. To make things worse, it wasn't even the four-time scoring champion who did the real damage. Klay Thompson shot 84.6% from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in an historic shooting performance.
The longtime head coach's evaluation of the overall performance was clearly not one to write home about, comparing his team's play to 'deer in the headlights'.
“They had more grunt,” Popovich said. “They had more physicality. The first quarter we looked like deer in the headlights, very disappointing. I thought we were very prepared physically and mentally, but I was mistaken.
“As I said, we looked like deer in the headlights. The defense was really poor as far as following gameplan in the first quarter, and it’s a bad combination to play defense like that and not shoot on the other end. That was the game right there.”
Game two of the series takes place on Monday, again at the Oracle Arena, and Popovich will have to be at his tactical best to put his charges in a position to get a much needed W.
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