The big man came up short towards the end against the Warriors but he had a excellent game statistically. He had a big 28 points and 8 rebounds, the Spurs coaching staff can’t ask much more from him offensively. His defense however could use work and his stiffness is being exploited at times by the Warriors, but this isn’t a dooming issue for the Spurs. The big man has to keep his confidence and maintain his energy for Game 2.
2) 3-Point Shooting:
The Spurs shot a dismal 31% from the three-point line and in all likelihood will shoot better in Game 2. Patty Mills, the Spurs most consistent shooter, was 0 for 6 from behind the arc. Mills shot 12% from the field which isn’t going to cut it for a starter of a playoff team. The Spurs have to help Aldridge in the middle but hitting open threes, opening up the paint a little for him to work. Look for Mills to improve next game
An healthy Kawhi Leonard is so important to the Spurs, gone are the days of an unusually balanced “Big Three”. The Spurs rely on one man on both ends of the floor to make significant plays. When he went out with a hurt ankle, the whole team fell apart because he is at the center of everything the Spurs do. The Warriors have no answer for him and his health is now the key to this series. The injury appeared to be a tweak and he may be ready for Game 2.