Kevin Durant, Warriors fans gear up for Western Conference Finals against Spurs
- Author: Julie Sanders May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 20:00
The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors meet Sunday in game one of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Oracle Arena on ABC. The San Antonio Spurs walked into Houston and pummeled the Rockets in a 114-75 shellacking, winning the series in six games. This year's meeting won't have as much juice as it would have last year, when the two teams had combined for 140 regular season wins, but it's still a tremendous matchup and gives this Warriors team, which has accomplished nearly everything, the rare chance at a first. The top seed Golden State Warriors are going against the second seed San Antonio Spurs. "With that being said, they're competitors, I'm a competitor, guys on my team here, the Spurs, are competitors". The Spurs won all four quarters, with Houston getting within four points in third.
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The series will be decided in the first two games, as the Spurs will need to try to split to be able to stay alive going back to San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is not at 100 percent because of a tender ankle. They got it in style, dominating on both ends of the floor as their defense stifled and their attack slayed in this Texan showdown. Following the clincher in Houston, as celebrations echoed throughout the Alamo City, the focus shifted to the Warriors for Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green.
Durant, for one, feels great after dealing with a left knee injury that cost him 19 games late in the regular season then a nagging left calf during the Portland series. The All-Star guard scored just 10 points, on 2-of-11 shooting from the field, in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, including nailing 2-of-9 three-pointers. Harden did not struggle, for to struggle one has to take shots.
When asked how he thinks Mike Brown has done filling in for Steve Kerr, Popovich couldn't help but joke around a bit.
Green and company enter the conference finals as overwhelming underdogs, with few outside of South Texas expecting an extended series verses the Warriors. According to SportVU, the Spurs moved at an average of 3.94 miles per hour on defense in Game 6, 10 percent faster than they did in Game 5. D'Antoni is 0-5 in playoff series against the Spurs, with Popovich eliminating his Suns teams in 2005, 2007, 2008 and the Lakers in 2013 before this season's loss.
"We just didn't play well", Harden told reporters. What made the blowout victory especially impressive is that they got it done without their best player, in superstar two-way forward Kawhi Leonard.