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Spurs star Leonard will play in Golden State opener

Spurs star Leonard will play in Golden State opener

Leonard, who injured his left ankle Tuesday, could have played in Friday's semifinals-clinching 114-75 win over the Houston Rockets if needed, but the Spurs decided they'd rather have him healthy for Sunday, the source said. But this is shaping up to be the series where we find finally come together to appreciate the full range of talents that Leonard has, and his impact to San Antonio's success, whether they win or not.

"The Spurs are coming in with some momentum, with the way they shared the ball the last game".

Mike Brown would probably prefer not to be acting head coach for the Golden State Warriors right now, as he's only doing so because Steve Kerr is in so much pain he's unable to coach. Aldridge averaged 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds during two regular season games against the Warriors.

Harden, who didn't even attempt a shot until midway through the second quarter, was 2 of 11 and finished with 10 points to tie a season low as the Rockets were embarrassed on their home court on Thursday night to end their season with a thud.

Green and company enter the conference finals as overwhelming underdogs, with few outside of South Texas expecting an extended series verses the Warriors. The Spurs have elite perimeter defenders in Kawhi Leonard, Jonathon Simmons and Danny Green, but will they be able to slow down the Warriors' arsenal of superstars?

Popovich said Leonard would play in game one. The Warriors came from 22 down in the second quarter to win the finale, 110-98 on March 29 in San Antonio. After exercising franchise playoff demons against the Rockets in dramatic fashion, San Antonio recognizes the looming test.




Aldridge became the first Spur to score 34 points with 12 rebounds in a playoff game since Tim Duncan against Phoenix in 2008.

While San Antonio fought through six games with the Rockets, the Warriors have been off since wrapping up a sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday.

The Spurs played without Leonard (concussion protocol), LaMarcus Aldridge (medical), Tony Parker (back stiffness) and Dajounte Murray (left groin tightness).

"I try to keep things as simple as possible", he said. They got it in style, dominating on both ends of the floor as their defense stifled and their attack slayed in this Texan showdown.

This came after the Spurs had an outstanding 61-21 regular-season record, good for the second-best mark in the National Basketball Association. I feel like I was making some passes, and we just didn't knock down shots or whatever the case may be. Pau Gasol contributed a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, also dishing 5 assists in the Spurs cause.

The Warriors are 8-0 straight up and 5-3 against the spread in the playoffs, winning by an average of 16.5 points with a 5-3 over-under record.


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