Even without Curry, Warriors well-stocked for series with Spurs

Even without Curry, Warriors well-stocked for series with Spurs

Lakers, on the other hand, had 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive which proved to be their own unmaking.

"It's the best I've felt all season and I've got the numbers to back it up and I've got the wins to back it up as well", the 33-year-old said. The roller coaster ride continued until the final buzzer of the regular season. Last year, it was a 3-1 deficit. Gregg Popovich kept his veteran fresh by holding him out of 17 games this season, but Manu will certainly be unleashed in the playoffs and play an enormous role handling the ball at the end of games.

That game exemplifies what could go wrong for Philadelphia in the playoffs. "We've been fighting and fighting to get to the playoffs, and it's such a blessing to be in the playoffs once again".

Game 1 between the Spurs and defending champion Warriors gets underway Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET. But Thompson proved to be the most consistent Golden State player this year, while also playing the most games of the big four, and averaging the most minutes. The Spurs, led by star forward Kawhi Leonard, were expected to compete for an National Basketball Association championship this season. Leonard crumbled to the floor and recoiled in pain after a controversial close-out by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who contested the shot.

Let's see, the best small forward in the Western Conference versus Kawhi Leonard's backup. Things haven't been the same for Leonard and the Silver and Black since then.

It hardly helped that, with the Warriors locked into the No. 2 seed behind Houston, many of those matchups were meaningless standings-wise. Without him, it's hard to see the Spurs going very far. Golden State without Curry is great, potentially incredible, but they are not Golden. A 10-game stretch under.500 is unheard of in the current Warriors era.

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Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors' intensity at last playing without fellow All-Star and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. The Warriors managed just 75 points in that game, their lowest point total of the season.

Leonard has reportedly been near a return several times this season, only to push back the timetable.

Warriors' switch - This is it for Golden State. Somewhat antithetical to both the traditional and new-era ideals of a point guard, Murray's strengths lie in rebounding of all things (grabbing 5.7 per game, with a rebounding rate of 14.6%; as a point of reference, Aldridge grabs only 14.0%), as well as on defence, where his 6'5 stature and incredible 7'0 wingspan are normally found on the wing, not the top of the key. Aldridge was blunt Friday when he was asked to reflect on the turnaround. "He works with Chelsea every day, and when I got with Chelsea, she said he's doing pretty well".

"It's a new year", LaMarcus Aldridge said.

For all the good team-orientated things he does on the court, on both ends, Anderson too has not developed a high volume nor high efficiency outside stroke, attempting 102 mid-range jumpers compared to only 57 from the long line. Last year is last year.

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