Warriors taking on Spurs in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs

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"(Based on) who is playing well and matchups and foul trouble", he said.

The Warriors won the season series, 3-1.

Not that Kerr is overly concerned.

For the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs. "I'm looking forward to making more progress as we get towards the playoffs". "I don't really care about that anymore", Durant said. The Rockets will be without a valuable rotation player, Luc Mbah a Moute, who sustained a shoulder injury this week in a meaningless game. That's made it hard on everybody and our players. We are going for it. They will still have their three other All-Stars around, though, as Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson will be tasked with leading the team in the playoffs until Curry can return. The Warriors faced the Spurs in last year's Western Conference Finals, and the Spurs would probably have been Golden State's biggest challenge had Kawhi Leonard not gotten injured.

Yet, now, everybody is relishing a new season.

"I liken him to some of the most intelligent people who have ever walked this Earth", Durant said.

At long last, the National Basketball Association playoffs are finally upon us. "We're a championship team, a championship pedigree". He was the Warriors' starting center in all 85 games he played last season.

Whatever the reason, if he does return, it would be trouble for the Warriors - and may actually force them to revisit their own star's injury timeline.

The Warriors are down Steph Curry for the opening series, who is now sidelined with a sprained MCL. The Raptors had their best regular season ever, but they were last seen in the postseason getting stomped in four straight by James and the Cavs previous year in the second round. As of Saturday morning, 55 percent of public bets are coming in on host Golden State.

Hey, here's something we haven't heard before: The NBA playoffs are wide open. Despite Houston's success this season, Golden State is still the team to beat. Golden State now hopes to show that it still has plenty of talent to weather the absence of Stephen Curry, who will miss the first round with a sprained left MCL.

Kevon Looney has also been receiving a lot of attention and has been playing accordingly to the pressure.

While the Warriors have no shortage of impact players even without Curry, they lost 10 of their last 17 games down the stretch. "It's been three or four games or maybe a five-game stretch", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. Golden State covered as an 8-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 164 points, which was 36.5 points below the projected point total of 200.5 points.

"It's been a long haul, for sure". Durant said. "I want them to teach me what I may be lacking in". This is our journey this year. "I'm stressed out. Keep doing this every year".

And the rest of the league still realizes what it's up against.

With the scores being locked on numerous occasions during the game, the contest was destined to go either way and with the game being tied at 71-71 yet again with less than a minute to play, Warriors broke the deadlock through Headley and played a good defensive game to ensure they captured the six-point contest.