The San Antonio Spurs are the NBA’s version of the New England Patriots. They just win and win and win. Players come, players go but the fantastic coach who never has too much to say to the media just keeps them on the right track. Other teams can go after the big name free agent and build these “Super Teams” and the Spurs will just stay the course. You might beat them but if you play them more than once, chances are they’ll get theirs too. You won the championship with your Super Team this year? No problem, we’ll just take it next year.
The Golden State Warriors were served notice that the Spurs are not impressed, worried or afraid of the Kevin Durant signing. They just went to Oakland and kicked the crap out of the Warriors on Opening Night. The Warriors didn’t lose their first game last year until we were seriously discussing the All Star Game voting. They were 24-0 to start the 2015-16 season, which was an NBA record. Not this year.
San Antonio sped out to a 31-20 lead at the end of the first quarter and by halftime the lead was 64-46. Game over. Thanks for playing.
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard who scored 35 points and grabbed five boards. His running mate Lamarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 14 rebounds. How did the duo of Steph Curry and Durant compare?Durant had 27 and Curry 26. Not bad at all, but Durant had a +/- of -13 and Curry’s was -9.
Golden State just looked flat. They were playing very little defense as Leonard led five Spurs in double figures. Could the Warriors be suffering a little hangover after blowing a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals? Yes, it looks like it. Could it take a little time to figure out new roles with the addition of Durant. Of course. These things take a little time.
Will the Warriors be a championship contender by the end of the season? Most likely. There are 82 regular season NBA games so it is far from time to panic. But this does go to show the rest of the league isn’t just giving the trophy to them just yet.