Struggling Warriors ready for fresh start in postseason

  • Struggling Warriors ready for fresh start in postseason

Struggling Warriors ready for fresh start in postseason

The Warriors have jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their Western Conference quarterfinals matchup with the Spurs, and head coach Steve Kerr gave much of the credit to the team's defense. The two teams met in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, with the Warriors prevailing in four games. What does the Golden State Warriors roster and starting five look like without Curry? The injury, which Curry suffered on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time), has kept him out of the lineup since then.

He started 34-year-old guard Andre Iguodala after he had not started a single game since March 19 and just three games since January 10.

The San Antonio Spurs have the 4th best defensive rating with 102.4 in the league.

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The Spurs noted in a tweet: "Kawhi Leonard [return from injury management] is out for tomorrow's Spurs-Warriors game".

But they lost all four regular season games to the Rockets and could well get swept in this series too as they try to keep James Harden and Chris Paul in check.

"We've got a chance", said LeBron James, who will be seeking his eighth straight trip to the finals.

It was an up-and-down regular season for Oklahoma City, which acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to play with Russell Westbrook but finished well back of Houston and Golden State.

"They're going to bring out the best in us, or they're going to completely expose us", Kerr said Friday of the Spurs. The 26-year-old small forward has not played since January 13 due to a thigh injury. He also has averaged 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

The Spurs had an 18-year run of 50-win seasons snapped when they went 47-35, good for just the seventh seed in the West. "So you can fool yourself and think, "Oh, we didn't win it this year, time to break it up" and you may never get that opportunity again".

Draymond Green predictably recorded a double-double, tallying 12 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes. "There's no way. He's being re-evaluated in three weeks, so we gotta be ready to play without him and see how he's coming along. First playoff game and I thought we prepared great". Steph Curry creates pace. Golden State has been playing low-energy basketball for most of the year as they wait for the postseason to begin. Hopefully that mojo doesn't come with us into the playoffs. The Spurs with Kawhi and the Warriors without Curry would tip the scales in this series toward being somewhat level, or at least invite some suspense.

"I'm not just going to say a bunch of stuff to say it to be looked at as a leader", Durant said.