Still, there have been signs that the members of the team seem not on the same page mentally, and it's worth wondering if simply getting everyone healthy will be enough for them to get back on track as they continue their title defense in the playoffs looking bleak.
Durant, Thompson and Draymond Green took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors' intensity despite playing without fellow All-Star and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. So you have to be able to count on that foundation, and I thought our defense was great, and that set the tone. That was the "championship-level" effort the Warriors failed to display over the last month without Curry in the lineup.
"We finally got back to defending the way we have, the way this team has, for many years", Kerr said.
Of his decision to start Iguodala, who usually plays forward, Kerr said, "I just wanted to put our best defensive lineup on the floor from the beginning".
For the Warriors, catching the Leonard-less Spurs is a break.
For the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs.
"I don't know when he and his group are going to feel like they are ready to go", Popovich said.
"We want to make a statement in Game 2, as well", Thompson said.
"A lot of people have [forgotten] what we're capable of", Green said.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 at the Air Canada Centre, while the Philadelphia 76ers extended their record win streak to 17, coming from four points down at halftime to record a 130-103 blowout victory over the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia. We've won games without Klay. The choice to move Pau Gasol from the starting lineup in place of Dejounte Murray didn't pan out: what will Gregg Popovich try to avoid seeing his team go down 2-0 in the series?
Actually, Kerr wasn't purposely trying to troll his starting center, just stating the obvious when it comes to defending Spurs leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge. Just because they're so talented elsewhere doesn't mean Curry's absence won't be a problem. Durant blended a mix of efficiency (9 of 17) and passing (seven assists) along with eight rebounds. Without their best player - the NBA's one-man offensive revolution - the Warriors turned in a performance that could, indeed, beat any team in the league. "I've been saying this since Steve got here - we're on the same page from a basketball standpoint".