Warriors reassert dominance in playoff-opening blowout of Spurs

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Bored and banged up in the final weeks of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors stumbled against inferior foes, hardly looking like a defending champion steamrollering toward a repeat title — and their third in four years — and instead conveying vulnerability and mortality.

But even as his team lost 10 of 17 games to close out the 2017-18 regular season, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr maintained a steady confidence that when the games truly mattered, his squad would return to its dominant form of old, even with two-time MVP Stephen Curry (knee) sidelined.

The Warriors shed the lethargy they wore in recent weeks in Saturday’s 113-92 Game 1 win over the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round series and, as Kerr prophesied, awakened, as they opened their trek toward, potentially, a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

“We’re a championship ballclub,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. “We know what it takes this time of year in

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23173702/warriors-reassert-dominance-playoff-opening-blowout-spurs

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