In Game 1 against the Spurs, JaVale McGee scored 15 points (his regular-season high was 14).
He also played terrific defense in the first half.
Here is some video evidence:
1) JaVale closes out on LaMarcus Aldridge, cuts him off, and forces a pass out to the perimeter:
2) JaVale forces a bad miss from Aldridge, and then secures the rebound:
3) JaVale stays down on multiple pump fakes, and then stuffs Aldridge at the rim (and then Kevin Durant drills a 3-pointer the other way):
4) JaVale holds his ground and Aldridge airballs a midrange fadeaway:
Manu Ginobili did bait JaVale into the foul here:
In the second half, JaVale wasn't as successful.
The Spurs clearly decided to attack the big man by repeatedly isolating him in ball screen situations:
1) JaVale gives Rudy Gay a little too much space on this mid-range jumper (but it's a shot you'll probably live with if you're the Warriors):
2) JaVale is forced to switch on to Gay, who ultimately hits a pull-up jumper (JaVale does a pretty nice job at contesting, and once again -- it's a shot you will live with):
3) Dejounte Murray attacks JaVale and finishes a really difficult shot:
4) Gay misses a mid-range jumper (JaVale does a decent job at flying at Gay, but he was a little late):
5) Aldridge hits a jumper off the pick-and-pop:
6) Aldridge sets the screen and rolls to the rim -- JaVale holds his ground, gets some help from Iguodala, and Aldridge ends up bricking a fadeaway jumper:
All in all, it was a great performance from JaVale in Game 1. We shall see what happens in Game 2 on Monday night.
"With this team, your time will come," JaVale said after the win. "And you never know. Next series, I might not play at all and I'm not gonna sit their and pout.
"I'm gonna be the same person ... that's the way it is on this team."
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller