OAKLAND -- The adjustment game begins Monday night when the Warriors and Spurs meet at Oracle Arena for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins with Warriors Outsiders at 4:30 pm and continues live from Oracle Arena with The Happy Hour, Warriors Pregame Live, the game telecast with Fitz, JB and Kerith, and Warriors Postgame Live.
Though the Warriors took a 113-92 victory in Game 1 with a recipe of energetic defense and timely offense, they anticipate counter moves from veteran Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
The Warriors have faced a different starting lineup in each of the last five games against San Antonio. One likely move by the Spurs is to move forward Rudy Guy out of his Sixth Man role and into the starting lineup.
Warriors by 9.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
JaVale McGee & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: McGee was terrific in Game 1, playing smart on both ends, avoiding foul trouble and even outscoring the San Antonio star 15-14. It’s customary for the Warriors, when facing a primary scorer, to offer different defensive looks. They did it in Game 1, trying Kevon Looney and David West, and expect them to do the same in Game 2.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L thigh contusion) is listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.
Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.
Ed Malloy (crew chief), Brent Barnaky, Eric Lewis, Kevin Cutler (alternate)
The Warriors hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. They won three of four in the regular season, 112-92 on Nov. 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 in Oakland before losing 89-75 on March 19 in San Antonio. The Warriors swept the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 12-6 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE RUDY GAY COUNTER: After scoring a team-high 15 points in 22 minutes off the bench, it’s hard to imagine Gay won’t start or at least be granted a few more minutes. He’s the best bet to fill the offensive void in Leonard’s absence. Look for him to play some pick-and-pop with Aldridge
DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: This factor will not change. If it’s there, and it most certainly was in Game 1, the Warriors will be practically impossible to beat. By holding San Antonio to 36.7-percent shooting through three quarters, the Warriors are able to cruise in the fourth.
ROARACLE: The sellout crowd brought the noise in Game 1, which may or may not be related to Popovich accusing his team of having a “deer in the highlights” look for much of the game. The Warriors seem to get a boost from the support and they’d like to reestablish what once was a massive homecourt advantage.