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Andre Iguodala wasn’t impressed with the Warriors’ performance in Game 1. It was a lot of little things he can’t overlook in the bliss of victory.

Iguodala was part of unit that played near perfect and put the game away. And they did it on defense, led by Draymond Green’s monster performance.

But Iguodala did Green had spoiled them with his playmaking on the end. They need to get the kinks out on defense and not rely on Green’s magic.

“I’m so looking forward to how we can be perfect,” he said. “But we know he’s going to be locked in.”

Iguodala was probably more frustrated at the way Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum got off than he was happy about the win.

He is already locked into defensive mode for this series. The Blazers only hope is getting enormous games from guards Lillard and McCollum. And that is probably going to mean Iguodala needs to be on his game.

The Blazers’ two scoring machines are a good and timely challenge for the Warriors, as they force the Warriors’ defense to be on point.

Iguodala took one shot in Game 1. He’d been on a relative tear offensively, averaging 11.5 points on 60.7 percent shooting in March and April. But against Portland, his offense took a back seat.

“I understand this may not be my series,” Iguodala said, “as far as offensively.”

Why not? Iguodala has to be in defensive stopper mode against Portland. He will even end up on big men, like Myers Leonard. The focus required is consuming.

McCollum is one of the few players who gives Iguodala problems in one-on-one situations. He’s such slithering guard, who fluidly changes speeds and directions. He can pull-up instantaneously, shoot from multiple angles and fade to give himself space.

The problem Iguodala was having was communication. He didn’t know where the screen was coming or where his help was behind him. So instead of forcing him to a weakness, Iguodala was forced to ply him straight up and read and react, giving McCollum the split second he needed.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors’ defense-first lineup clicked defensively. Draymond Green and Ian Clark kept Iguodala keenly aware of his surroundings and they were able to hold Lillard and McCollum to 13 points in the fourth quarter — after they combined for 62 in the first three quarters.

“Everybody is spoiled. We won by 5 and people are like what happened?” he said. “We’re going to have to play well to beat this team.”

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