The Golden State Warriors are used to being the best out West, a top target that everyone in the National Basketball Association seeks to unseat.
For the first time since 2001, Philadelphia is a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. A 10-game stretch under.500 is unheard of in the current Warriors era.
Saturday, 2 p.m., Oakland, Calif. It is no easy task: Dejounte Murray, who figures to match up with Cook, is emerging as an elite defender.
Not that Kerr is overly concerned.
The Golden State Warriors are entering this first-round series without their best player, but that does not mean that their strategy will be drastically different. It's what you do in the playoffs. "So many things have been thrown at us here the last month, especially all the injuries, which have really shaken up our rotation". If LaMarcus Aldridge is going to have to step up for the Spurs, and obviously KD's going to step up for the Warrior's, who right now going into this series has more pressure on them, CC? It's why Steve Kerr made a decision to surprise everyone and go with Andre Iguodala as the starting point guard, which meant Golden State began the game with a lineup that had logged exactly zero minutes together all season long - Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Durant, Draymond Green and McGee. That could be a storyline for not just Game 1, but the entire postseason, pending how long the Spurs last.
Yet, now, everybody is relishing a new season. Sure, they didn't take their customary seat in the lead vehicle of the postseason parade, but injuries, particularly to Steph Curry, played a role in that as well as the fact that their rivals from Houston caught fire early and finished strong. Based on what we know about the Warriors, it seems that is likely what happened. "We've all been waiting for this moment for weeks, and the last month of the season hasn't been our best, but now our record is 0-0, and we get a chance to redeem ourselves". I overruled them and so I let him stay, because he's wonderful and of course we trust him.
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For Kerr, the goals lately were simple: find some rhythm and return everybody to health.
The biggest game on Wednesday's slate is the Denver at Minnesota contest, the first last-day-of-season game in 21 years where the victor will go to the playoffs and the loser will miss the postseason.
"First thing it's a reminder of is that everybody in this league can play", coach Steve Kerr said. Six, I'm guessing? We haven't talked about that as a group.
Without its star, Golden State went 17-14, versus 41-10 with him.
Now the regular season has ended, the Spurs own the 7-seed with a 47-35 record and booked themselves a first round series against the Golden State Warriors. But Curry's absence will force Durant to be more aggressive. But they certainly weren't in Game 1. The Pelicans have three ex-Bulls contributing for them.
The NBA playoffs begin this Saturday with the Golden State Warriors tied with the Houston Rockets with the best odds to win the title. "I was hoping that we would be heading into the playoffs healthy, obviously everyone wants that", he said. This is our journey this year.