No panic from Warriors after Game 1 loss
ABS-CBN Sports on May 31, 2019 02:11 PM
FILE - DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against the Denver Nuggets on October 21, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Golden State Warriors are in an unfamiliar spot, playing the first two games of the Finals on the road.
Now make that down 0-1 with one more game in Canada before they return to Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The defending champs were beaten 118-109 by Finals newcomers the Toronto Raptors, despite entering the series having more rest and being armed with more experience playing in these types of games.
"Their defense was great and it wasn't our best, but we just got outplayed, so simple as that. Move on to the next one," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose team was previously 4-0 in the opening games of Finals series.
The Warriors scored 109 points on a 43.6% clip, while giving up 50.6% to the Raptors. The headliner was not Kawhi Leonard, but Most Improved Player finalist Pascal Siakam, who was 14-of-17 from the field en route to his team-best 32 points. Golden State also committed more turnovers, 16-10.
"The biggest thing for me was our transition defense was just awful," Kerr pointed out. "When you play Toronto, you have to take care of their transition and we gave up 24 fast-break points, we turned it over 17 times. So that's the game, really."
Draymond Green, who finished with a 10-10-10 line, took responsibility for Siakam's big outburst, saying, "I got to do a better job of taking his rhythm away, and I will, but he had a great game. That's on me." He added, "I mean, really the only time I ever really played him was last year. I played him the second time we played them this year [this season], I think I probably played 16 minutes or something like that. I was just coming back from injury.
"He's become a guy. He put a lot of work in to get there and I respect that, but like I said, I got to take him out of the series and that's on me."
When asked if the mindset of the team changes at all, in the wake of the loss, Stephen Curry answered in the negative, saying, "They obviously played well, but our confidence remains the same.
"I like the vibe. I say it a lot but I like the vibe that we have in the locker room in terms of everybody focusing on what they need to do differently and the overall energy bump that we need to have and then go steal Game 2."
Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson agreed, promising, "Our goal was to get one, so we got some tape now, and we'll go to the drawing board and we'll come back and be much better on Sunday (Monday, PHL time, for Game 2)."