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A quick look at some of the follow-up from game 1.

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Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With the first game of the 2017-18 season in the books, let’s take a look at some of the game coverage. And while we are at it, we may as well look around the NBA too.

First up, coverage of the Warriors 121-122 loss to the Houston Rockets last night at Oracle - boy am I glad I didn’t go drop some smarmy “good luck losers!” over at the Dream Shake. That Rockets team looks like a legitimate title threat: star power, plenty of scoring options, and now with enough wing defense to give the Warriors trouble. It’s just one game, but it still wasn’t an ideal way to open our title defense. That said, we started last year with a loss, and look how that ended up.

Box Score

Gameflow

Video Recap / Highlights

GSoM Recap

Explain One Play - game 1

Blog buddy recap: The Dream Shake

Replay of that last-minute game winner shot from Durant

NBC Sports Warriors main page (previously CSN Bay Area)

An encouraging update on Draymond Green’s knee injury that took him out of the game.

Post game Interviews

Kevin Durant

Steph Curry

Steve Kerr

Mike D’Antoni (he has some good quips in there, worth a listen)

Other stuff

Take a look at the Warriors’ new championship rings. Baller. Durant agrees that these things are pretty neat, even if no one wears it around every day: “Basketball accomplishments to me are what they are and I can kind of separate the two now. It’s more so just cool as hell.” That’s seven rings total for coach Steve Kerr, for those of you counting along at home.

Gordon Hayward messed up his ankle real bad, and you should read Zito Madu’s take on it and the general fragility of this existence. Just five minutes or so into his Celtics career and everything changed in one single moment. Just a devastating loss for a team that had championship aspirations. Just writing about it makes me sad. Please heal quickly and heal well, Gordon. Until then, I hope to see you playing Clash Royale (where I’m sure you would smash me).

Tim Cato has a good article about how the Rockets are borrowing some features from the Warriors. If last night taught me anything, it is that this is going to be one hell of a fun season. It may come back to bite me, but I’m glad the league improved - it’s really not just Cavs and Warriors anymore.

Nick Young went bonkers last night. I’m not sure how many performances like this we can count on, but Young came out and let everyone know in his first game that he belongs with this Warriors squad. Maybe he’s like the distant second Splash-cousin or something?

This guy showed us what a bizzaro universe bad version of Klay Thompson would look like. Act like you belong, man! LOL! Seriously, I need Klay to start an interview saying he “came out of the gate smoking.” I’m already going as a ninja for Halloween, but I’m in to the dad bod version of a Warriors player costume idea here.

Jordan Bell highlights, anyone? He got abused a couple of times on defense, but not a bad first game for our rookie, overall.

Ok, that’s it for now, I’ll leave you with this moment of zen. And please drop any links that you find interesting in the comments below.

Poll

Who was the Warrior Wonder for the season opener?

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  • 3%
    Stephen Curry
    (40 votes)
  • 3%
    Klay Thompson
    (36 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevin Durant
    (16 votes)
  • 5%
    Draymond Green
    (64 votes)
  • 0%
    Zaza Pachulia
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick McCaw
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    Jordan Bell
    (51 votes)
  • 75%
    Nick Young
    (810 votes)
  • 0%
    Omri Casspi
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Kevon Looney
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    David West
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    JaVale McGee
    (30 votes)
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