Warriors: Conference finals schedule vs. Spurs set
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 11:38
The San Antonio Spurs humiliated the Houston Rockets Thursday (Friday in Manila) with a 114-75 Game 6 closeout win that brought James Harden's MVP-worthy season to a startling halt. By not fighting through the injury he may have been able to increase the speed of his recovery.
The Warriors are 8-0 straight up and 5-3 against the spread in the playoffs, winning by an average of 16.5 points with a 5-3 over-under record.
At 47 years old, Brown is almost 20 years younger than the 68-year-old Popovich, but I don't know if he should take Pop so lightly. "This team has worked hard all year and we've grinded and tried to get better, so I'm happy to finally win (the series)".
The Warriors are 8-0 this postseason and are looking to return to the NBA Finals for the third straight year. That's the largest underdog role for the Spurs in 268 playoff games under Popovich, according to ESPN. How fitting for this series to be the new juggernaut of the Western Conference against a team who has been the same juggernaut for the past 20 seasons.
"They murdered us that in first game with rebounds, but that was the first game of the season". San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, grabs a loose ball from Houston Rockets center Clint Capela during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Hous.
The last two postseasons, we've craved the eventual collision course between the Spurs and Warriors, but San Antonio has failed to live up to its end of the bargain, losing in the first two rounds and failing to go far enough to take on Golden State.
"If there's a game in Golden State that (the Warriors) might have some difficulty in, I think it's this one", Sherman said. It would appear that 5 or 6 games is all we will see.
When there was about four minutes left, large chunks of empty seats filled the arena dotted by pockets of San Antonio supporters who stood and cheered while the remaining Rockets fans sat dejected. After all, only the Warriors were better than the Spurs (61-21) this season.
"Once he got it going, we tried to keep going back to him", Patty Mills said of Game 6. But from the Spurs' side, a completely healthy roster for the series' duration and a head start of 15 points per game against the West's two-time defending champs might be nice.
"I don't know who's going to be guarding those guys", Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman said.
Game 4 in San Antonio: Monday, May 22, at 6 p.m.