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After crushing Spurs in Game 1, Warriors fighting human nature going into Game 2

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After crushing Spurs in Game 1, Warriors fighting human nature going into Game 2

OAKLAND -- Coasting to victory in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Spurs has put every member of the Warriors on alert for their most dangerous opponent in Game 2 on Monday night.

It’s not the Spurs.

It’s human nature.

“It’s definitely human nature,” Draymond Green said Monday after shootaround.

“It’s human nature to relax when you blow a team out in the first game,” Klay Thompson said Sunday. “But we have to do the exact opposite because the Spurs one of the best teams at making adjustments.”

The Warriors are more concerned, justifiably, with dismissing the vanity that can seep into the mind, stealing steal some of the urgency, after opening a series in such dominating fashion.

“When we’re playing, it’s about us,” Green said. “It’s about what we do. I don’t really focus on what other teams do or what they’re going to do as far as their aggressiveness or the force they play with.

“If we come out and play with the force that we’re capable of playing with, we’ll be just fine.”

Though the Warriors never trailed Saturday in Game 1, leading by as much as 28 points in a 113-92 victory, they expect to see a more focused San Antonio team Monday night at Oracle Arena.

“I think they will be more aggressive,” Green said. “In the last game, we came out and we set the tempo for the game and brought force to the game.

“Whether they come out aggressive or not, if we come out with that same force that we came out with in Game 1, I don’t think it matters.”

Since Steve Kerr took over as coach in 2014-15, the Warriors are 10-2 in Game 2.

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

It's Team LeBron versus Team Giannis. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is here, and the Warriors are represented by three players -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Curry will be the lone Warrior on Team Giannis, and Durant and Thompson will be together on Team LeBron. 

We've already ranked the top players in this year's All-Star Game. But who will put on the best show and leave with a win?

Steph fell short in a 3-Point Contest for the ages, so he's sure to be out for revenge, even against a Golden State duo. 

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Here's how you can watch Team LeBron take on Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, both on TV and streaming live online.

When: 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 17
TV: TNT
Live Stream: fuboTV

Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

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Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

Jayson Tatum evidently forgot the Golden State Warriors still play in the NBA.

The second-year Boston Celtics guard was feeling himself Saturday at NBA All-Star festivities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, then had something bold to say about his team’s chances in the second half of the season.

“We’re going to win the Finals this year,” Tatum said, via ESPN. “February 16th, Jayson Tatum said we’re going to win the finals this year.”

Weird flex, Jayson, but OK …

The trends don’t support Tatum’s assertion. First, the Celtics sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, well behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, so they’d have an uphill climb to come out of that side of the league. Oddsmakers don’t have much faith in that, while the Bucks and the Raptors’ odds have shot up significantly, per OddsShark.

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Should the Celtics overcome those odds, the Warriors likely would be waiting for them in the Finals. And even though Boston played Golden State tight last month at TD Garden, the rematch March 5 in Oakland will give us a much better look at where the Celtics are. After all, Boston probably would have to win a Finals game or two at Oracle Arena to fulfill Tatum’s vow.

Easier said than done.

Tatum is confident, which is great. What else is he supposed to say about his team? But there’s much more work ahead of the Celtics before they can talk about winning it all, especially with the back-to-back NBA champions most likely their final hurdle.