Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

But it was his defense that changed things. Murray can play suffocating defense and has the potential to take Cook completely out of the game.

With four all-stars, defeating Golden State still seemed an impenetrable task, but the Rockets at least gave themselves a chance in case injury struck the Warriors. The starting five for the Warriors likely depends on if Popovich starts Gasol or Kyle Anderson next to LaMarcus Aldridge, but it wouldn't be a shock to see five different players logging center minutes for the Warriors. U.S. sportsbooks are favoring Golden State heavily in Game 1.

Golden State will be playing without Stephen Curry for this series. The first game of the playoffs will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.

Limiting turnovers is important in any game, but it's critical against a Warriors team that often breaks games open by scoring in transition. The Spurs entered the season with hopes of dethroning the Warriors as Western Conference champions. And in this year's National Basketball Association playoffs, they're stepping up their action by offering a plethora of bonuses to help players make as many predictions as possible.

Expect more of that defensive tactic going forward. He was shooting 51.6% from the field and 41.9% from behind the arc. The post-season shirts include the Warriors slogan, Strength In Numbers.

But then they lost back-to-back road games before rebounding with two consecutive wins at home. Despite Houston's success this season, Golden State is still the team to beat.

The San Antonio Spurs are the kind of team that could theoretically cause the Golden State Warriors some problems. But [it's] same thing for San Antonio.

This is the clearest spot where the Spurs are simply overmatched.

San Antonio managed to drag themselves to the postseason for the 21 straight year but one has to wonder how much they have in the tank.

"That's on them", Green continued. They will need every player to be incredible if they have any hope of winning.

On Saturday afternoon, Golden State begins its championship quest with Game 1 of the best-of-seven first round against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena.

With Stephen Curry sidelined by a knee sprain, KD will have to carry a larger load in the first round of the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio was 29-15 after that game, but just 18-20 afterward. But Curry's absence will force Durant to be more aggressive. And their opponent will be easier to defend for as long as Curry is unavailable. This Warriors team can pass, man. My worry is to go out there and try to perform every day, bring what I can bring. They will again match up in the second round this year if both advance. Anyone who had Klay in their tech pool, come on down and pick up your fortune.

The Warriors are going to need him to revert back to the monstrous two-way player they saw early on, and he's going to have to do it while continuing to be the team's anchor on offense as well. Durant had two steals in that period.

  • Julie Sanders