Kawhi Leonard officially ruled out for opening playoff game

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Kawhi Leonard officially ruled out for opening playoff game

The Spurs are arguably in worse shape, as their best player managed only nine games during the regular season and is also unlikely to suit up for the first round.

The Golden State Warriors begin their title defense Saturday afternoon when they face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. "We won't always make shots at that rate but we need to play good defense like that as well".

"We focused in on just trying to win every possession on the defensive side of the ball and then we weren't anxious about the previous possession or the possession that's coming after that", Draymond Green said. They are not together.

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"This is the best time of the year and I will back stronger than ever", Curry said in the video. "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah'". It even reached to a situation where all their 4 All-Stars were out suffering from injuries which appeared to create a general sense of apathy on the part of the players and the coaching staff. "We got the job done", said Raptors star Kyle Lowry.

And they still know how to win in impressive fashion on the NBA's big stage. Same as Kevin, myself. "Hopefully, we do that and we raise our game to the next level".

"Absolutely", Klay Thompson said about playing a memorable, statement-making Game 1. Head coach Greg Popovich has 5 champions under his belt, but this still might be one of the best seasons of this coaching career. So we're primed for this. "A lot of people forgot". "We know. We're going to show that". Not only did McGee post an impressive 15 points in just 16 minutes, but he was also highly effective on the defensive end of the court. But Thompson hit a momentum-killing 3-pointer and the Golden State defense held San Antonio to one field goal over the next 5 1/2 minutes to re-establish control at 73-55.

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"When he's ready, he's ready but he's making progress, which is a good sign", Kerr said. There is a chance he returns at some point this series, but time is obviously running short and I wouldn't exactly count on it.

"That's on them. I don't know, and to be honest with you, I don't care". Hopefully that mojo doesn't come with us into the playoffs.

Most importantly, the Warriors were engaged defensively from the start, holding the Spurs to 40 percent shooting for the game (although the Spurs did go 9-of-22 from three).

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Indeed, having an overtime, play-in win has many people thinking that might just be the format for the eighth seed in both conferences going forward but that's a decision for the offseason.

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