After an unflattering end to a regular season that was riddled with injuries, the Golden State Warriors came out on Saturday afternoon and clicked on all cylinders during their 113-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the first round.
The Spurs simply could not stop the likes of Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, who went off for a combined 51 of Golden State’s 113 points in the rout of San Antonio.
Warriors star forward Draymond Green, who almost had a triple-double with 12 points, a game-high 11 assists, and eight rebounds, said this game should be a reminder of what Golden State is capable of despite not having the services of superstar point guard Stephen Curry for the first round.
“Regardless of what everyone said, the Warriors have lost it, they’re not together, they can’t win without Steph, they’re not the same team blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,” Green said. “We know what we’re capable of. There’s been games we’ve won without Steph, series, same as Kevin, myself, we’ve won games without myself. We’ve won games without Klay. We’ve won games without our head coach. We’re primed for this. A lot of people have (forgotten) what we’re capable of. We know, and we’re going to show that.”
A video clip of Green’s postgame interview, which was kindly posted to Twitter by Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, can be viewed below.
"Regardless of what people are saying… 'They can't win without Steph. They're not the same team.' Bla-zay, Bla-zay, bla-zay, bla, bla, bla. We know what we're capable of." — Warriors' Draymond Green pic.twitter.com/pYb4CF90fG
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 14, 2018
The Warriors, who are looking to win their third championship in the last four seasons, had a double-digit cushion over the Spurs for a large amount of the game and led by as many as 28 points in the second half.