JaVale McGee starting Game 1 vs. Spurs

Gregg Popovich's post-loss press conference had everything, from a fake Gatorade rant to mocking of reporters

Probably not. San Antonio (without Kawhi Leonard, it would be a surprise if he came back now) doesn't have the athletes.

Filling it out tonight!

The Warriors will play the Spurs in Round 1 of the playoffs, starting Saturday.

"The last three years. we knew when the play-offs started, things we wanted to do, things we worked on all season, we knew we were capable of doing", he said.

Leonard remained resolute in his response, insisting that he has good reason to continue sitting out because he still isn't fully healthy, sources said.

But, as Draymond Green said, if anyone's capable of flipping the switch, it's the Warriors.

Quinn Cook vs Dejounte Murray - Another interesting matchup to watch will be the point guard battle between Cook and Murray. However, Patty Mills plays up top with Murray and may actually be tasked with guarding Cook so that Murray, the superior defender, can try and contain Klay Thompson as he runs through, under, and around screens all night.

The Warriors have won three out of four against the Spurs this season, but dropped their most recent game, 89-75. The only obstacle in their path - the Spurs, the second-best team in the league, led by Kawhi Leonard in his all his two-way glory. However, the playoffs will be a different animal and whatever weaknesses he may have will be put under the microscope.


THe series is a rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals.

On Saturday afternoon, the San Antonio Spurs will return to the court for the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs, their 21st consecutive year in the postseason.

Here are the things you'll see Saturday at 3 ET (on ABC) if the sleeping Warriors have awakened. He's being pretty discrete about his decision, and he'll re-evaluate each of his bigs after each game's performance. The two teams met in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, with the Warriors prevailing in four games.

Jordan Bell, the explosive rookie, offers a new bounce to the Warriors on defense and offense, though undersized compared to Pachulia. Then, Kerr recalled that Nash would throw a "perfect pass" to a teammate only for him to fumble it out of bounds. Maybe JaVale McGee. Or Kevon Looney. Without him, it's hard to see the Spurs going very far. And the playoffs are all about momentum. With Leonard out, veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli will need to help LaMarcus Aldridge in the scoring department or it could be a short series sweep for the defending champs. Their experience and skills are going to be worrisome for the Warriors if they're left unaccounted for.

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. Will David West knock down some midrange jumpers? Iguodala's been out for weeks with knee soreness, which may hinder him slightly in this series.

The Spurs rank ninth in second chance points per game (13.3) while the Warriors rank last (10.3).

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr, however, started McGee frequently down the stretch this season. The Spurs will do that to you. They bring the best out of you because they're going to expose every weakness you have.

In 2014-15, as the Warriors were ascending towards their first title, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking seven-game first-round series to the Clippers, snuffed out by the ABSURD PLAYOFF HEROICS OF BLAKE GRIFFIN AND CHRIS PAUL.

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