OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors tapped their deep reservoir of rangy defenders to strangle the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round series.
“That was the most stifling defense that we’ve faced all year long,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Following that double-digit defeat, Popovich sought a simple fix. “We’ve got to have more of an attitude on the court and handle that defense a lot better than we did, basically,” he said before Monday’s Game 2 at Oracle Arena.
“Shooting better would be nice, too.”
What Popovich asked for, he received, at least in part. His club’s bounce-back attitude was inspired, especially with 34 points and 12 rebounds from All-Star center LaMarcus Aldridge.
But San Antonio’s shooting? Not so nice. The Spurs connected on just four of 28 attempts from 3-point range, and that was their fatal undoing in a 116-101 loss that placed the Spurs in an 0-2 hole headed back to San Antonio for Game 3 on Thursday. That 14.3 3-point percentage was the second-worst
Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23209155/kevin-durant-proving-difference-warriors-round-1
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