Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

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Aldridge carries Spurs into playoffs, Durant not so much

A lot was said before these Finals about the non-competitiveness of the National Basketball Association playoffs - the Warriors became the first team in history to start the playoffs 15-0 and sport a point differential of 13.8 points, while the Cavaliers lost just once before the Finals.

First, we've (potentially) 105 games left in this year's playoffs and it's far from certain the finals will be a repeat of the last three finals.

From the opening tip, Golden State was executing smart plays.

The big question coming into this round one match-up is whether or not the Warriors can dispense with the malaise that has affected so much of their season and become the dominant force we've been used to? James has played in the past seven NBA Finals, so nobody knows how to get to the finish line better, no matter from where he starts. "There's no way around it". It was a broom made of metaphysical middle fingers - to Kawhi, to the Spurs, to all the fans who just wanted to see what it looked like when two flawless basketball teams played ideal basketball against each other. In a Warriors press release, Curry is said to be progressing and will be evaluated next week. Golden State without Curry is great, potentially incredible, but they are not Golden.

Video from Tuesday's drubbing won't help much.

The Warriors lucked out drawing the Spurs in the first round. It has been weeks since Golden State learned it was locked into the Western Conference's No. 2 seed behind Houston. At the very least, the near-win gave Cleveland some life. I understand the Houston Rockets have had a remarkable season- 65 wins. But as they say, the playoffs is when the real season begins.

If Rajon Rondo can keep Damian Lillard in check - he put up 41 points the last time he played New Orleans - then this series is there for the underdog Pelicans to take.

Golden State has an excellent 58-24 SU record, but they have trouble covering the spread (33-46-3 ATS).

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"If I could just use him as a pinch hitter, come in and shoot the ball and go back to the bench, I'm sure he'd be good", Kerr said on The Jump.

San Antonio doesn't have a ton of shooting on their roster with Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup, but Bryn Forbes, Patty Mills, Danny Green, and Manu Ginobili are all guards that have shot over 33% from behind the arc this season.

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.

It was the third win in as many games for Warriors, whose recent tear has coincided with Headley's return to the floor from injury.

"They're going to bring out the best in us, or they're going to completely expose us", Kerr said Friday of the Spurs.

I'm in a position right now where I think the Rockets are better, and that is partially about the Rockets.

With the scores being locked on numerous occasions during the game, the contest was destined to go either way and with the game being tied at 71-71 yet again with less than a minute to play, Warriors broke the deadlock through Headley and played a good defensive game to ensure they captured the six-point contest. "I am excited because we have him for next year, too".

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