Popovich was asked following the Spurs’ final practice what his defensive approach would be against the Warriors high-powered offense.
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“We have no intention of letting our guard down”, said Warriors big man David West, who played for the Spurs last season.
Who: San Antonio Spurs vs. The Spurs last saw the NBA Championship in 2013 when they bested the Miami Heat.
Boasting an 8-0 record in the postseason, and the most talented roster in the league, Brown was understandably feeling pretty loose Friday when facing the media. Coach Gregg Popovich announced before the game that Leonard wouldn’t play, adding that it wasn’t Leonard’s decision to sit.
The Cavaliers await the victor of the series and if either one of these teams wants a chance of competing with Cleveland, they’re going to have to figure out how to win on the road.
The majority of experts agree that the Warriors will win on Sunday, but since some pundits are tempted to take the points, many feel that the safe bet is Golden State with the moneyline.
Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the mighty Warriors on both ends of the floor.
Harden’s baffling performance in front of a Houston crowd of 18,050 at the Toyota Center arena was nearly as big a stunner as the Spurs’ winning a National Basketball Association playoff elimination contest by a whopping 39 points.
Harden finished with 10 points on two-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers. The Warriors are now 22-0 in the regular season and postseason combined when Green has a triple-double.
Can the San Antonio Spurs take an early lead against Golden State?
Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going and Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth.
Coach Steve Kerr was back on the court for the Warriors’ light workout – they met, watched film and ran through a few sets on the floor – after attending the game and providing a halftime talk with his team down by 20.
Popovich is known for his dry one-liners, but the injury-stricken Spurs may need divine intervention to topple the red-hot Warriors.
The series will feature several subplots, most notably among the coaches. Outside of that, Patty Mills and Danny Green could shoot the Spurs into a competitive series. The Spurs are not as healthy as you’d like to see, so, yeah.
Season series: Spurs won, 2-1. “It was a long series, an exhausting series and now we play at noon, but we’re here”, Manu Ginobili said. The theories revolving around his mysteriously terrible performance go from him partying all night long the day before to playing with an injury, perhaps even a concussion.