JaVale, Klay and Co. send message with resounding win over Spurs

Dubs take care of San Antonio, 113-92, in Game 1 beatdown

Bonta Hill
April 14, 2018 - 4:28 pm

We’ve all been waiting for the Golden State Warriors to flip that switch and play like the team that’s won at least 67 games the last three seasons.

After they were destroyed in Utah by 40 points Tuesday night, many fans on Twitter doubted the Warriors ability to get past the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Heck, even executives around the NBA discussed the vulnerability the defending champs were dealing, and how they’d rather face them than say Utah or Oklahoma City.

I thought it was all comical, and after watching the Warriors systematically smack around the Spurs, 113-92, those same folks are feverishly trying to delete those tweets and texts about the Warriors being in danger of bowing out in the first round.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tweaked the lineup, inserting savvy veteran Andre Iguodala as his point guard when many thought Quinn Cook would be starting.

The offense for defense ploy worked, but what really gave the Warriors a boost is the one and only JaVale McGee.

McGee, who dropped his album “Pierre” on Friday, scored nine of the Warriors first 15 points, but it wasn’t his offense that had Oracle in a frenzy. His individual defense on LaMarcus Aldridge in the opening stanza was stupendous.

He moved his feet laterally, didn’t bite for any pump-fakes — it was something that will have Warriors defensive guru Ron Adams smiling late into the night.

Don’t believe me? Check this sequence out for yourself:

McGee finished with 15 points and two blocks in just over 16 minutes of action and was +16.

Oracle Arena gave McGee a standing ovation when he exited the game in the third quarter. In early January, he was on the trading block, and many, including myself, thought he was gone.

Nope. He’s been ready when his number has been called, and he put to rest in trade talk when he started the first seven games out of the All-Star Break, providing the Warriors the jolt of energy they needed.

Afterward, McGee discussed keeping his focus and being ready to go whenever the Warriors need him.

It wasn’t all McGee, as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson carried the scoring load. Durant roasted the Spurs with 11 first quarter points en route to a 27 point, eight rebound and seven assist night.

Thompson, did most of his damage in the second half, scoring 18 of his 27 points in the final two quarters. It only took Thompson 13 shots to score a game-high 27, making everyone forget about his shooting struggles in the 2017 postseason.

Oh, and if you thought the Warriors weren’t capable of playing at the level they did in Game 1, Draymond Green has a message for you:

For me, the game ball goes to JaVale, who’s big first quarter on both ends of the court set the tone. What a two-day stretch for the athletic center, who again, produced an album that was released Friday, earned podium game treatment, and, rocked a pretty dope grill. Good night everyone!

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