Kawhi Leonard (quad) officially ruled out for Game 1 by Spurs


It was an instant hit on Twitter. Golden State pairing. What kind of matchup are the National Basketball Association odds makers predicting? They too are without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, who has missed virtually the entire season due to his mysterious quad problem.

The Warriors lucked out drawing the Spurs in the first round.

"We're still us. Don't worry".

You're excited to start the playoffs. Murray can play suffocating defense and has the potential to take Cook completely out of the game.

After the Warriors were blown out by the Utah Jazz 119-79 on Tuesday in their final game of the season, Durant discussed the team's rough sledding to finish. They are scheduled to play 7 matches with the first match starting on Saturday in Oakland.

The Spurs were constantly double-teaming Durant Saturday, giving the Warriors 4-on-3 opportunities - much like when Curry is on the floor and teams foolishly trap. If that is indeed the case, then the two biggest stars - Durant and Aldridge - will need to carry their respective teams offensively.

Curry, however, was more positive and refused to rule himself out, stating that he was hoping to prove his coach wrong.

Without Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge continues to lead this squad.

Kerr was right. Bliss is not a given, even with a roster like this.

The Warriors are 41-10 with Curry in their lineup this season and 17-14 without him.

They're a comfortable favourite in this series but the Heat might be the worst possible first round draw as a well coached team with a lot of depth taking on a bunch of guys more used to tanking than winning.

"It's one of the best stories I have ever been around in this league in terms of someone seizing an opportunity", Steve Kerr said on KNBR. "I think we'll be fine".

"They are smart, they are long", Manu Ginobili said. "It all compounds further when you endure injuries and turmoil". But over the course of a best-of series, it's hard to bet against the Warriors.

The NBA playoffs tip off Saturday, but for all intents and purposes, the San Antonio Spurs have been in postseason mode since a 109-93 road loss to Houston on March 12 dropped them to 10th in the Western Conference standings.

The rest of the team must step up as well, even with Curry possibly out.

"I'm not sure how to explain it well", Morey said. "I'm ready for the rodeo", exclaimed Arianna Tillman, who got some swag for her grandmother. In the meantime, they should be able to get past the San Antonio Spurs.

Not that the Warriors can dare to assume anything.

It was a major setback for the reigning champions as the game against the Indiana Pacers, when he suffered the knee injury, was his first in six games following his return from an ankle injury. He just knows which buttons to push and which moves to make.

So for his own reassurance, Myers turns to Kerr. I got better in this system. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle voiced his displeasure after the game, as did Kerr, but we'd say it was well worth any backlash Bell and the Warriors ultimately received. "It's about to start".