Adidas' James Harden Gives Lackluster Performance in Final NBA Playoff Game

The Spurs know that limiting Golden State's 3-point shooting will be a key in the next round, just as slowing Houston from long range was in the conference semifinals.

The Golden State Warriors host the San Antonio Spur on Sunday for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. 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. San Antonio's defense has contained Golden State as the Warriors are only shooting 30 percent to start the game.

What happens when the top National Basketball Association offense meets the top defense? Leonard will be back for the Warriors series, Parker will not.

Kawhi Leonard may have sat out the Spurs' game 6 win over the Houston Rockets due to the left ankle injury he suffered in game 5, but with the Warriors awaiting him in the conference finals on Sunday, it appears Leonard will be good to go.

In fact, they were barely going to give themselves two hours to bask in their 114-75 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 before looking ahead. They rumbled to an NBA-high 67 wins this season, including a big late March road victory in San Antonio. The Rockets, who so many accused of hiring a retread coach and injury-prone players last summer when they added Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, found themselves a winning pace-and-space formula that had them finishing the regular season as the NBA's third-best team (55-21).

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Still, the Warriors are a different beast, and the Spurs need their most risky weapon. I'm not kidding. They have played 10 games and both teams have won five games. He is averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals in the playoffs. It'll become obvious in Game 1 which team is forcing their style of play onto the opponent. The Warriors are now 22-0 in the regular season and postseason combined when Green has a triple-double.

While he still keeps in touch with Curry and others, Lee is downplaying any potential nostalgia from his time with Golden State. The thing that makes these Warriors more unsafe than the last couple years is on the nights the threes are not falling, the nights that the Curry/Thompson backcourt isn't dominating, Durant can take over. Then he fouled out with three and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge produced another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards.

"It's just such a hard task at hand for this Spurs team. They played well and we didn't".

Warriors: San Antonio forced 19 turnovers and had six steals among the Warriors' initial nine miscues.

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