The 2018 NBA Playoffs tip-off today with Game 1 between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. "We know what it takes this time of year in order to win". They are not together. They play at the league's third-slowest pace and grind teams down on the offensive end with their mid-range and post-heavy attack. "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah'". But the Rockets are facing a tough opening-round series against Minnesota, which broke a 14-year playoff drought with a dramatic overtime victory on the final day of the regular season. With the second-best record in the West secured, and first place conceded to Houston, weren't they just tapping their toes until the first round?
After the Warriors were blown out by the Utah Jazz 119-79 on Tuesday in their final game of the season, Durant discussed the team's rough sledding to finish. "We cared", said the former MVPas quoted by Mark Medina of the Mercury News.
You can live stream the game on the ABC app. Same as Kevin, myself. That's what a 113-92 wipeout Game 1 win at Oracle Arena accomplished, if nothing else. We've won games without our head coach. ". We're primed for this. A lot of people forgot".
"They're as disciplined as anybody we're going to face in terms of establishing a style, a pace, a defensive awareness and a mind-set", Kerr said of the Spurs, who tied with the Utah Jazz for the fewest points allowed per game (99.8).
There was no answer for Kevin Durant whose all-around game was on full display. This season, Durant was averaging 26.4 points per game along with 6.8 rebounds per game.
The former Phoenix Suns head coach joined Colin Cowherd on his show this week and offered up his thoughts about the Warriors-Spurs first round series in the National Basketball Association playoffs. San Antonio has confidence it can beat the Warriors after rolling to an 89-75 home win on March 19, while on March 10 the Spurs were edged 110-107 at Golden State. "I think the whole point of these games here early in this series is to re-establish our defense". "If I knew, he'd be here".
"They're going to bring out the best in us, or they're going to completely expose us", Kerr said Friday of the Spurs.
The two-time All-Star appeared in nine games this season and hasn't suited up for the Spurs since January 13 because of a quad injury.
In a separate interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic Durant said: "I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups". Klay got away from us many times. "That's just the beauty of our team, and all of us chip in when it comes to facilitating and orchestrating".
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