Mike Brown pinpoints what saved Warriors in Game 1 vs. Clippers

Mike Brown pinpoints what saved Warriors in Game 1 vs. Clippers

Apart from Steph Curry's 38-point barrage, the Warriors didn't have their typical lethal offensive game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series. 

The Dubs were sloppy early on Saturday night. They missed shots, turned the ball over and allowed the Clippers to take the lead midway through the second quarter, with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell tearing them apart with the pick-and-roll.

Los Angeles' success on the offensive end didn't last, though. While the Warriors turned the ball over at a concerning rate on the offensive end, the defense stepped up and suffocated the Clippers, helping the Dubs take a double-digit lead into the break at Oracle Arena.

Golden State cruised in the second half, with Curry's 38 points serving as the cherry on top of a 121-104 win.

While the offense gets all the publicity, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown believes it's the defense that rescued them in Game 1.

"I tell you what, that's what saved us this game," Brown said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central." "We were a little flat offensively, turned the ball over, but our defense was tremendous throughout the course of the game. Our defense played hard, and because of that, [we] were able to get away with a double-digit lead. And like what you said, Andre [Iguodala], Kevon Looney, their numbers weren't great statistically, but they were big for us on the defensive end of the floor. Huge."

The only way the Clippers can hang in this series is to hope the Warriors turn the ball over, get lazy on defense and let irritants like Patrick Beverley get them off their game.

[RELATED: Warriors have one thing to clean up ahead of Game 2]

Even when the shots aren't falling at the normal clip, the Warriors are nearly impossible to beat when they are locked in on the defensive end.

Just ask the Clippers.

How Warriors plan to keep Steph Curry healthy despite heavy workload

How Warriors plan to keep Steph Curry healthy despite heavy workload

Steph Curry’s health has long been a topic of conversation around the Warriors organization.

Curry was hampered by ankle issues over his first few seasons in the NBA, and has missed 50 games over the last two seasons, including six playoff games in 2018.

The Warriors know they must invest in keeping Curry on the floor after losing Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, not to mention playing at least half the season without Klay Thompson. 

Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ director of sports medicine and performance, was given a stacked budget to equip Chase Center with all the amenities the team needs to keep its aging stars on the floor.

From The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson:

They’ve got a hot tub, cold tub and underwater treadmill, which is already in heavy rotation as Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein use it. They’ve got a “mindfulness room” — a phone-free space where they can relax, meditate or even engage in brain-stimulating games on iPads or virtual reality training. A psychologist will even be on call if necessary. Yes, the Warriors now have their own Wendy Rhoades from “Billions.” They’ve also got a new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which uses air pressure to allow individuals to walk or run at a lower percentage of their body weight — so a 230-pound Draymond Green will feel like he’s 115 pounds while he’s running.

The new BioFreeze Performance Center will also be equipped with sleep pods, which are the most compelling development for the two-time MVP.

“The sleep pods,” Curry told Thompson. “That’s what I’m excited about.”

The point guard will need all the remedies he can get to avoid missing time on a nearly brand-new roster in Golden State. But no one knows Curry’s body better than himself.

“I’ve always been on top of it like that,” Curry said. “So it won’t be anything new. All I need is the sleep pod and some space for the NormaTec sleeves.”

The additional postseason minutes accrued over five straight runs to the NBA Finals have also played a major factor, as Steph has played in 93 postseason games over that span. While the addition of KD allowed Steph to take more of a breather during the 2017 and 2018 playoffs, Durant’s multiple injuries during last year’s postseason forced Curry to once again shoulder the majority of the burden, something he will now clearly need to do on a nightly basis.

[RELATED: Looney to miss preseason; Dubs hope he'll play in opener]

The good news for Curry is, the Warriors are sparing no expense in making sure he is ready to go as Golden State looks to keep the dynasty alive.

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James did not play in the Warriors-Lakers preseason game Monday night in Los Angeles.

But about 80 minutes before the opening tip at Staples Center, the three-time NBA champion created headlines when he spoke to the media regarding the drama between the NBA, China and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Then about five minutes before the game started, he sent out two tweets:

Before the fourth quarter began, LeBron and Warriors superstar Steph Curry exchanged pleasantries:

After Tuesday's practice, LeBron said he feels like his pregame comments were taken out of context:

About 45 minutes later, he took to Instagram:

Are "they" -- the clowns that is -- the media in general or anybody who disagreed with what he said? Both?

Why send that message to Curry? 

[RELATEDHow security man Walker shocked Steph with Warriors return]

Does LeBron realize he sounded foolish when he told reporters that he believes Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it," and immediately followed that with: "I have no idea, but that is just my belief."

Is he aware that the backlash is self-inflicted?

Are you sick of this whole story?

Let's move on.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Related content from TMZ Sports

Rihanna turned down Super Bowl for Kap: 'I couldn't be a sellout'
Antonio Brown looks in great shape working out at police field
Kevin Durant says the Knicks aren't a 'cool' team anymore
Swaggy P blames Instagram for hurting Carmelo's NBA chances