The anticipation and excitement for this series has been lowered due to the injuries of Warriors’ Superstar Steph Curry, and Spurs Superstar Kawhi Leonard. Regardless, there’s still plenty of reasons why this is an intriguing first round matchup.
How they both got here
The Warriors won the season series against the Spurs three games to one. However, both teams haven’t been fully healthy for any one of those games this season.
The Spurs and Warriors have been bombarded with injuries this season so we don’t really have any clear indicator of how this series will play out.
One thing that’s always fun to watch when these two teams matchup is the strategical coaching battle between Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich. These are two of the best coaches in the NBA, and I’m sure both are excited for this moment.
Without a doubt, the single most important match-up in this series is the one between LaMarcus Aldridge and Draymond Green. Aldridge needs to be nothing short of incredible, for the Spurs to have a chance.
That won’t be easy though, considering he’ll have to do it against former Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green.
Aldridge has had a remarkable year. This series, he won’t be able to carry the load alone. He’s going to need plenty of help from his teammates. In particular, he’s going to need some outside shooting from Danny Green and Patty Mills.
Danny and Patty have had extremely streaky seasons. Not being consistent in this series will get you swept. If these two can knock down outside shots at a high rate, Golden State will have to respect that which will clear up the lane for LaMarcus to go to work.
Rudy Gay also has to be phenomenal for the Spurs to have a shot. We’ve seen flashes of him looking like his old self over the last few games. Depending on what lineups the Spurs use, he could be matched up with Kevin Durant a majority of the time.
It’s the best time of the NBA season. This is where questions we’ve been speculating about all season get answered. Narratives definitely get broken this time of year.
What better way to kick off than with two Western Conference powerhouses facing off. It all starts Saturday afternoon.