Even if they don't, the Spurs may not be the team to make them pay, especially without Kawhi Leonard who has played just nine games all season because a mysterious injury that may or may not be real.
Oklahoma City suspended television play-by-play announcer Brian Davis for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs for an on-air comment he made during the team's regular-season finale on Wednesday. On the season, San Antonio has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points. The Warriors are clearly the better team and should be able to overpower the Spurs. But [it's] same thing for San Antonio. "Two days to prep and you get right into the games, that's fine".
The Spurs rank 13th in steals allowed per game (7.6) while the Warriors rank 27th (8.8). Golden State pairing. What kind of matchup are the National Basketball Association odds makers predicting?
"I always knew everybody on our team had a good spirit, a good energy for the game", said Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP. Leonard got injured in the first game of the series. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a double-double with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Pau Gasol averages 10.1 points and eight rebounds in his second year with the team. Gay just returned against the Nuggets February 23 after missing 15 games with bursitis in his heel. He was shooting 51.6% from the field and 41.9% from behind the arc. The Spurs are tied for 25 in the league by knocking down 35.2 percent of their long range attempts.
Golden State will still look a lot different when the ball goes up at Oracle Arena without Curry.
"It's good to see him moving around", Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said.
The Golden State Warriors are going to the playoffs, but not as the 1-seed.
Even if the Spurs' 2017 series with the Warriors was swift, this is a fresh chance. Toronto is assured $803,222 while Boston and Golden State are up to $704,169. The Warriors managed just 75 points in that game, their lowest point total of the season.
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Then again, the Warriors could be as unsafe as ever once Curry returns from a knee injury that could have him back for the second round. If that is indeed the case, then the two biggest stars - Durant and Aldridge - will need to carry their respective teams offensively.
The game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 209.5 points with Golden State opening as an 8.5-point favorite.
San Antonio managed to drag themselves to the postseason for the 21 straight year but one has to wonder how much they have in the tank.
The Spurs lack a defensive stopper in the middle, but they still finished fourth in the league in blocks.
Golden State is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.
James has marked the start of the postseason with his now traditional social media lockdown, preferring instead to turn his attention exclusively to the task of leading his team through the playoffs. It was initially reported that the star guard would miss the entire first round of the playoffs. The Warriors used the Spurs switching defense against them, forcing a smaller guy - Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Patty Mills - on Kevin Durant, and while the Spurs smalls pressured KD just shot over the top of them on his way to 16 first-half points on 10 shots.
Forget, for now, what you saw the last few raggedy weeks from Golden State.