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Memphis generally kept the “Splash Brothers” to a slow trickle and used the “Smash Brothers” to get both Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green into foul trouble, but the Warriors’ depth was on full display in a 101-86 Game 1 victory at Oracle Arena. Game 2 of the teams’ best-of-seven, Western Conference semifinal series is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Oakland. San Francisco Chronicle
The Warriors’ bench outscored the Memphis reserves 30-18, and the Warriors got a variety of contributions on an afternoon when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 40 points on 16-of-34 shooting. San Francisco Chronicle
Five Warriors were in double-digit scoring, including Draymond Green’s 16 points, Harrison Barnes’ 11 and Marreese Speights’ 10. Nine Warriors had at least three rebounds as they beat Memphis on the glass 39-37. Seven Warriors had at least two assists as they dished out 26 helpers on 39 made field goals. San Francisco Chronicle
Memphis point guard Mike Conley (facial fractures) didn’t play, but the Grizzlies’ backups Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih did a decent job on Curry. After averaging 33.8 points per game in the first round - the Warriors’ highest scoring average since Rick Barry put up 40.8 points against Philadelphia in the 1967 NBA Finals - Curry was limited to 22 points and was happy to be a distributor early in the game. San Francisco Chronicle
Game 1 of the Wizards-Hawks second-round series — an impressive road win for Washington — also featured terrifying injuries suffered by both of Washington’s starting guards. In the instant after each injury, Wizards fans were ready to throw in the towel on the game, the series, and possibly existence. But both players returned to the game (although Bradley Beal later left.) “I’m a soldier,” John Wall told ABC’s Lisa Salters after the game. “He’s a soldier too. That’s gonna give us a day, tonight, tomorrow to get a lot of treatment for him, and I know he’ll be out there Tuesday.” Washington Post Blog
DeMarre Carroll dominated the first half with 21 points thanks to a 5 of 6 start from beyond the arc. With Otto Porter and Paul Pierce taking turns defending on him, Carroll missed his final three 3-point attempts and scored three points in the second half. CSN Washington
With an assertive style and willingness to drive into a sea of defenders Bradley Beal worked his way to attempting 10 free throws, making eight. The 10 attempts matched his regular season-high. Beal 10 of 11 in the Game 4 win over Toronto, meaning he's 18 of 21 over his last two games. He took 19 during the opening 12 games of the season after returning from a left wrist fracture. CSN Washington
By sweeping the Boston Celtics out of the first round of the playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers saved themselves the stress that comes with an elongated series but gave themselves a new challenge to think about: How will they respond as a team to having eight days off in between Game 4 against Boston and Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls on Monday? "It's a concern," Cavs coach David Blatt said Sunday after his team's final practice before it opens up the second round, "and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't because that's a long time, and our opponent obviously played games during that time." ESPN.com
Part of the Cavs' practice time in the past week, of course, was devoted to preparing a new rotation to account for the two starters in Kevin Love (season-ending shoulder surgery) and J.R. Smith (two-game suspension) they lost since the Celtics series concluded. However, and perhaps just as important, part of the practice time included live-action, five-on-five scrimmages to try to stay sharp. "Not overwhelmingly so just because we can't afford to lose another body," Blatt said. "But we did mix in some." ESPN.com
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