The Golden State Warriors head into Sunday's Western Conference Finals opener having won all eight of their playoff games, sweeping both Portland and Utah in their quest for a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance. "With that being said, they're competitors, I'm a competitor, guys on my team here, the Spurs, are competitors". "We're a little bit ahead in our progression". They jumped to a seven point lead (31-24) in the opening quarter, and never looked back.
Following the Houston Rockets' embarrassing season-ending 114-75 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday night, people have been looking for answers as to why the Rockets looked disinterested in their biggest game of the year.
Rockets guard James Harden, a leading candidate for league MVP honors, was a surprising nonfactor as Houston faced elimination.
But that had been anticipated even before Leonard - who had suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 5 Tuesday, sitting out the series clincher two days later - participated fully in practice at the team's facility Saturday.
Coach Gregg Popovich didn't provide many details about Leonard's injury on Thursday. "He's really turned it on and demanded the ball". The best moneyline is -600 for the favored team, and +500 for San Antonio.
But the Spurs are not going to go down without a fight. San Antonio is still dealing with injuries with point guard Tony Parker on the shelf, as well as the nagging ankle injury to small forward Kawhi Leonard. Recovering from a follow-up procedure May 5 at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak that stems from a pair of surgeries following the 2015 championship run, the 51-year-old Kerr returned to practice for the first time in more than three weeks Saturday.More news: Rafael Nadal wins 30th Masters title in Madrid
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"I apologize to James Harden I'm ready to talk and end the curse".
His playoff performance has been even better with 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest.
Aldridge finished with 34 points on 16-for-26 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Jonathon Simmons added 18 points and four assists for San Antonio.
"It happens", D'Antoni said. It was a pleasure coaching them.
The Warriors are led by four All-Stars - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green - and enter the conference finals with a flawless playoff record.
During the regular season, the Spurs had the best defense in the National Basketball Association and the Warriors had the top offense.