Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 vs

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

"The Spurs are coming in with some momentum, with the way they shared the ball the last game".

Curry and Thompson scored 29 and 23 points, respectively, for the Warriors. The Golden State Warriors then had to wait to face the victor of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. It will be up to the rest of the Spurs to somehow win this game.

Kevin Durant doesn't care who is on the court for San Antonio, he knows that Popovich will have his group ready complete with a few surprises in the playbook. Though this series could have been very interesting a year ago, Kevin Durant brings so much to the table in this series on both ends of the floor that it is hard to go against the Warriors in this one. Golden State responded with a win on the road.

They swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the first round and did the same to the Utah Jazz, featuring Australians Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, in the second round. Things looked interesting. San Antonio jumped back with a Game 3 win. The Spurs are without French star guard Tony Parker, out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn left quadriceps.

For the Spurs to have a realistic chance at upsetting the Warriors, they will need someone to step up alongside Leonard.

Sure, it was almost seven months ago when the Spurs came to town and thoroughly spoiled Durant's much-hyped debut - a 129-100 whipping in the season opener - with the Warriors after his scrutinized departure from Oklahoma City.

"This is a totally different animal", Popovich, asked how the Warriors differ to the Rockets, replied. But on the other hand, the Spurs are a veteran ballclub with championship DNA that shouldn't be dismissed that easily.

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Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. Following the clincher in Houston, as celebrations echoed throughout the Alamo City, the focus shifted to the Warriors for Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green. The San Antonio Spurs were the No. 1-ranked defense during the regular season, giving up only 103.5 points per 100 possessions. But here's the kicker: typically when a team is an offensive or defensive juggernaut, they struggle on the other end of the floor, leaving them vulnerable as a whole. He sat out the final possession of regulation and all of overtime.

Something has to give, right?

Even with Leonard in the fold, the Spurs are 10-point underdogs entering Sunday's Game 1, per OddsShark.

Three-point scoring will also be a major factor in this series for both teams. San Antonio held a 61-42 half-time advantage as Harden had just five points to go with five turnovers and three fouls. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 106.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting.

Again, something has to give here, right?

Leonard started the fourth quarter but was pulled by Popovich with 5:37 remaining in the period when it became obvious Leonard couldn't push off his left foot.

"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.

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