Kawhi Leonard officially ruled out for opening playoff game

Kawhi Leonard officially ruled out for opening playoff game

Unfortunately, this is not going to be the heavy-weight battle we are used to seeing when these two meet.

The San Antonio Spurs will be without Kawhi Leonard for game one of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against reigning National Basketball Association champions the Golden State Warriors.

"Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who suffered from a Grade 2 left MCL sprain on March 23 and has missed the team's last 10 games was examined yesterday by the team's medical staff", the statement read. Their opponents in this contest, the Golden State Warriors, have been extremely solid this season despite dealing with a variety of key injuries throughout the season. It was a broom made of metaphysical middle fingers - to Kawhi, to the Spurs, to all the fans who just wanted to see what it looked like when two flawless basketball teams played ideal basketball against each other.

John Jones had the highest number of rebounds for Lakers with 14 but a player of his stature should have had a lot more defensive rebounds, but it just wasn't his night having fouled out in the fourth and decisive quarter. One major reason for the team's ability to win without its best player is its defense.

The Spurs finished the season at 47-35 which is the first time the Spurs didn’t win at least 50 games since the strike shortened 1998-99 season.

The Warriors now lead the series 1-0, and while Gregg Popovich will make adjustments, it's hard to imagine what he could do with the players at his disposal that would change the outcome of this series with the way the Warriors have dialed in. He played in only nine regular-season games because of a lingering right quadriceps injury.

Warriors held their nerves to maintain a slight but important 26-21, 40-38 and 54-53 advantage after the first three stanzas. However, Curry has been ruled out for this series against the Spurs due to a knee injury.




However, the Warriors still have enough firepower even without Curry to beat basically anyone in the league. It'll be up to him to keep the Warriors' main offensive spark at bay, but if Durant rises to even 75% of his unreal skillset, he'll be able to get buckets without too much of a hassle. Somewhat antithetical to both the traditional and new-era ideals of a point guard, Murray's strengths lie in rebounding of all things (grabbing 5.7 per game, with a rebounding rate of 14.6%; as a point of reference, Aldridge grabs only 14.0%), as well as on defence, where his 6'5 stature and fantastic 7'0 wingspan are normally found on the wing, not the top of the key. Similarly to Curry, Durant was also extremely efficient from the floor. The Warriors have an incredible and healthy core of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

As for my prediction, I have to side with the Warriors.

For the Golden State Warriors the NBA Playoffs could not come any quicker.

The San Antonio Spurs pulled off an improbable playoff berth in 2017-18. That game will air on ABC.

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"Nope, I have no need to reflect", he said. Also co-hosting my own sports radio show called Coast-To-Coast on the local campus radio station 91.7 FM in Wisconsin. "Every year is a new year and we're locked in". This will be another grind it out series but the lack of a bonafide star or a go-to-guy down the stretch would probably hurt the Jazz (they do have guys who can do it but not at the level of Westbrook and George).

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