2018 NBA playoffs live: The Warriors are engaged and energized — but they have a weakness

The first round of the NBA playoffs begins today with four Game 1s. Following along here for the latest analysis and commentary from The Post’s NBA reporter Tim Bontemps, and ask him questions in the comments section.

Schedule | Odds | Pregame reading | Comments section QA

  • The Warriors are engaged and energized again, and that’s bad new for the Spurs. But the Warriors do have a weakness.
  • The Raptors haven’t won a Game 1 of a playoff series since 2001. Will that change against the Wizards? It will be harder to do so without Fred VanVleet.
  • Predicting the East and West first-round series; expect the Rockets to sweep

Warriors win. No surprise here.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The final score here at Oracle Arena: Golden State 113, San Antonio 92.

The Warriors State did what they had to do: show up. The Spurs proved their doubters right about what they couldn’t do: score enough to make this competitive.

The result was an easy Golden State victory that should begin putting some of the doubts about their ability to repeat as champions to rest.

It also didn’t hurt that Klay Thompson had 27 points on 11-for-13 shooting, Kevin Durant had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Draymond Green added 12 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.

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Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/04/14/2018-nba-playoffs-first-round-game-1s-saturday/

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