Warriors: Conference finals schedule vs. Spurs set

Warriors: Conference finals schedule vs. Spurs set

But most of us conveniently forgot that the Spurs are not Leonard's team. "We've got to capitalize off that and start Game 2 a lot better".

Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Warriors rallied from way behind after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Game 6 featured a quiet performance from Isaiah Thomas and a not-so-quiet performance from Avery Bradley. The Spurs last saw the NBA Championship in 2013 when they bested the Miami Heat.

The Warriors are 8-0 this postseason and are looking to return to the NBA Finals for the third straight year. "We'll go out and try to protect our home court". The San Antonio Spurs walked into Houston and pummeled the Rockets in a 114-75 shellacking, winning the series in six games. San Antonio has had a bit of struggle in each of the first two rounds, taking the Grizzlies and Rockets to six games each before disposing them. Without his physical presence, Aldridge went to work, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped to a 31-24 lead. This matchup is one to watch on both ends.

Though Harden posted a tally of 28.5 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds during 11 postseason games, he wasn't almost as efficient, making only 27 percent of his three-point shots. The Warriors are now 22-0 in the regular season and postseason combined when Green has a triple-double. Whether he guards Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, or whoever else is riding a hot hand for Golden State, Leonard will be relied upon heavily to prevent the scoring runs that fuel the Warriors.

As for any carryover advantage in the quick turnaround from beating high-octane Houston to facing higher-octane Golden State, the Spurs coach said: "It's a totally different animal". The thing that makes these Warriors more risky than the last couple years is on the nights the threes are not falling, the nights that the Curry/Thompson backcourt isn't dominating, Durant can take over.

On the other end, the Spurs will need to pound on the Warriors inside. However, the coaching team made a decision to let Leonard completely recover from his injured left ankle so he can be 100 percent ready when their team faces the Golden State Warriors.

In the Spurs' two regular season wins, they were able to hold the Dubs to less than a 100 points, which is below their season average of 115.9 points per game.

Patty Mills talks with guard Danny Green as Spurs ousted the Rockets from the National Basketball Association conference semi-finals. It would appear that 5 or 6 games is all we will see. Many expect Cleveland and Golden State to duke it out again this year, but Golden State first has to contend with San Antonio. "It was a long series, an exhausting series and now we play at noon, but we're here", Manu Ginobili said.

It's been almost 12 hours and the basketball world is still looking for alleged MVP-contender, James Harden.