How seven teams can even their National Basketball Association playoff series. (Sorry, Spurs.)

Golden State Warriors say Stephen Curry making steady progress, to be reevaluated in 1 week

The Golden State Warriors play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their best of 7 series on Monday night in Oracle Arena.

George splashed 8-of-11 triples for a game-high 36 points to look like the player that many thought would make the Thunder a title contender when he was traded from IN last summer. Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.

In Game 1, the Warriors enjoyed a double-digit lead for the entire second half.

Despite the absence of Stephen Curry, the Warriors treated their home fans to a 113-92 blowout victory. With those result in mind, San Antonio would need a tremendous reason to not turn to Leonard.

TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating Washington.

"I was really happy with their execution, and their aggressiveness", Popovich said of his players.

To make matters worse, the Warriors ended up getting matched up with the San Antonio Spurs during the first round.

The Warriors showed all the ingredients in Game 1 that they have wanted, and often lacked, all season. He's shooting 23-of-33 over his first two games, which couldn't be a worse sign for the rest of the league, as past year Thompson shot just 39 percent over the whole playoffs yet the Warriors still breezed to a championship.

"We did not end the season on a high note", he said, per ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr received a solid defensive effort from center JaVale McGee and power forward Draymond Green.

The Warriors opened as 9.5-point favorites; the total is at 205, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. His defensive prowess is also key for the Warriors every game.

Given how in flux Cleveland's rotations have been all season, the guess here is that there will be plenty of changes in Game 2 (not including a potential George Hill injury).

The Warriors had too much length for the Spurs, especially with their modified, unusually long starting lineup that differed from the small ball "Death Lineup" that the Warriors have made famous. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation. Of course, Jefferson was apart of that 2016 National Basketball Association title team that came back from 3-1 down against the Golden State Warriors to win the title.

San Antonio had led 67-66 with just over four minutes left in the third, but two sublime back-to-back three-pointers from Durant helped the Warriors pull clear to 74-67.

"I thought it was important to re-establish our defense, one way or another, win or lose", Kerr said. And it's true that George (36 points on 13-for-20 shooting, including 8 for 11 from three) was the difference in Sunday's game. Thompson finished the night with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. "Today we were anxious about the present and came out with a good game plan and executed".

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