Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Steve Kerr expects the Warriors to bounce back against the Spurs

Steve Kerr expects the Warriors to bounce back against the Spurs

As he crosses halfcourt, Kevin Durant begins a slow curl up from the baseline, trying to drop Kawhi Leonard on a Klay Thompson screen, before sprinting up to set his own on Tony Parker. Leonard still is dealing with his quad injury and, the longer this drags on, the less likely it seems that he's going to suit up.

Leonard shuffles backwards, arms spread wide, eyes boring a hole in Curry.

Adrian Allman then split two free throws and ended back up with the ball with a chance to cut the score to two, but he couldn't make good on a wide-open trey from the top of the key. A sliver of sunlight is splashing your face.

The Spurs know that if they can win on Saturday and get a 1-0 lead over GSW, they will have a huge advantage by putting the Warriors under pressure.

Golden State will start its first round series without Curry who isn't expected back until the second round. Not to mention the fact that the Warriors have gone through this process already three times in last 3 years and therefore know how to win a playoff series. And yet, they've never been able to have it out in the way their historical dominance and out imaginations have craved.

Popovich cited Kerr as the reason the Spurs won Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals.

The Golden State Warriors are entering this first-round series without their best player, but that does not mean that their strategy will be drastically different.

Gregg Popovich will look to LaMarcus Aldridge instead but, even without Steph Curry in the opposing line-up, Kevin Durant might be a player too much for the San Antonio to handle. "But he did have dinner with his family last night, so we will see". The juggernaut Warriors, rolling towards redemption. The responsibility to keep him quiet will probably fall on Danny Green in Leonard's absence, but in reality, it must be closer to a full team effort to prevent Durant from completely dominating this series.

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San Antonio averages 43.8 points in the paint per game, which ranks 19th in the league.

The Golden State Warriors are going to the playoffs, but not as the 1-seed.

Kawhi did not return, and has played just nine games for the Spurs since. San Antonio was 29-15 after that game, but just 18-20 afterward. The Raptors had their best regular season ever, but they were last seen in the postseason getting stomped in four straight by James and the Cavs past year in the second round. Unfortunately for the Spurs, they've just drawn what many consider to be the most talented team in the league. Combining that with the offensive prowess of Kevin Durant and one of the best shooters in the history of the game with Klay Thompson, the Warriors are still one of the best offenses in the National Basketball Association even without Steff Curry.

That game exemplifies what could go wrong for Philadelphia in the playoffs. It nearly certainly won't be enough to get them out of the first round. The Warriors managed just 75 points in that game, their lowest point total of the season.

The Spurs lack a defensive stopper in the middle, but they still finished fourth in the league in blocks.

As it stands Lakers and Warriors have so far played nine matches each with the former having seven wins while Warriors have six. They're not the same without Curry!

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