Warriors, Spurs series filled with familiar story lines

Warriors, Spurs series filled with familiar story lines

Even with San Antonio's pedigree, the Warriors - who have been a dominant team all season - have to be considered heavy favorites heading into this series. The Spurs will figure a few things out, but over the course of a seven-game series, it's hard to imagine how the Warriors' offense will be grinded to a halt for extended periods. The Starters' panelists all think that the Warriors will win Game 1 of the third round in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

The Warriors are a different animal, something that Popovich might have never dealt with, unless it was an All-Star Game.

Leonard missed the end of Game 5 against the Rockets, which the Spurs won in overtime, and also missed all of Game 6 in Houston, in which San Antonio rolled to a 114-75 series-clinching victory. San Antonio is still dealing with injuries with point guard Tony Parker on the shelf, as well as the nagging ankle injury to small forward Kawhi Leonard. "He's doing a lot more than praying right now".

FILE - In this January 10, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a foul called against him during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Oakland, Calif. Durant looks at LeBron James from afar and marvels at how the Cavs main man keeps finding a way to take his game to another level, year after year.

Tony Parker is out the rest of the way with a leg injury. "It goes to show, I think we have everybody here that's capable of getting the job done".

The San Antonio Spurs will have their star player, swingman Kawhi Leonard, on the court Sunday for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors.

Nothing, perhaps, from the Golden State side.

"That seems like years ago to be honest", KD said.

FILE - In this December 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye as Kyrie Irving, left rear, defends during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Now, as James, Durant and their teammates wait on the next opponent for the respective conference finals, the world is watching as they move their unblemished, 8-0 teams ever closer to an anticipated Cavs-Warriors rematch that might finally come to fruition at last in a matter of weeks.

"It's the playoffs. You've got to expect everything", Curry said. "We've got to capitalize off that and start Game 2 a lot better". "He's a fighter", Durant said. Coach Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, sounded playful beyond that. The Spurs finished the regular season as the team with the best road record and they are going to need to win at least one in Cali to advance here.

The Australian faces the ultimate point guard test when he goes head-to-head with the Warriors' Curry. The Warriors won the NBA Championship after beating the Cavaliers in 2015, and then lost in seven games to the Cavs in 2016. "It was a long series, an exhausting series and now we play at noon, but we're here", Manu Ginobili said.

"When we went down there our last time playing them in the regular season, they jumped on us the first quarter by making shots, but majority were second, third and fourth opportunities", Curry said. We've actually had to execute and get to this point.

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