OAKLAND — Kawhi Leonard has played fewer than 10 games since he was injured in Oracle Arena during the Western Conference Finals. Without him, the San Antonio Spurs didn’t stand much of a chance against the Golden State Warriors.
Add Tony Parker, Dejounte Murray and Rudy Gay the visitors’ injury report, and you get an assured blow out — which the Dubs delivered, 122-105.
Klay Thompson led the way for Golden State. After two-plus quarters of uninspired basketball, Thompson energized his squad by dunking all over Davis Bertans.
The bench’s reaction to Klay Thompson lifting off 🛫
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 11, 2018
Just watch the bench’s reaction.
Thompson finished with 25 points on 14 shots. He missed just one three in the game.
Bertans, who is actually a serviceable player and seems perfect for Gregg Popovich’s system, didn’t see his night improve after Thompson’s dunk. Draymond Green put him on a poster as well later in the quarter.
@warriorsvox: “Draymond goes up and HAMMERS it with the right hand DRAYMOND GREEN!
That. Was. Demonstrative.”
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) February 11, 2018
It wasn’t exactly a show of force for the Warriors, who improved to 43-13, but it was a convincing-enough win that Stephen Curry didn’t have to play in the fourth quarter.
Another interesting wrinkle of the contest: JaVale McGee played exactly how the team wants him to. He played high-impact minutes (7 points, 3 rebounds and a block that few else could pull off).
If the Dubs are going to waive anyone to add scoring from the buyout market (think: Joe Johnson), they’ll consider McGee or Omri Casspi, who struggled in limited minutes and has had a difficult time proving himself worthy of a spot in the rotation in recent weeks.
One person who won’t be available to provide shooting: former Warrior Marco Belinelli, who agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers during the game.
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