It’s just one game, but the first impression of Golden State’s newly formed super team, with offseason mega free agent acquisition Kevin Durant, was a resounding disappointment.
The Warriors were smoked in their regular season opener at Oracle Arena by the Spurs, 129-100, in a game that brought to the surface many of the newly formed offensive juggernaut’s potential weaknesses.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points and reigning MVP Steph Curry added 26 for the Warriors, but Golden State was a miserable 7-33 from 3, committed 16 turnovers, and were killed on the boards, where their undersized frontcourt was outrebounded 55-35.
For a team that’s built on perimeter shooting, it’s not clear what their fallback position is if their shots aren’t falling, especially against a top-tier team like San Antonio.
The Warriors also didn’t have any defensive answers for Kawhi Leonard, who led all scorers with 35, and Lamarcus Aldridge (26 points) in the frontcourt.
For the Warriors, it’s only one game, but based on expectations, it was unquestionably a bust. The Oakland fans came out to see a dominating performance, unfortunately for them, it was the Spurs that put on the show. It was actually a clinic.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 26, 2016