Spurs officially rule Leonard (quad) out for Game 1

Gregg Popovich opened press conference with the most obvious statement for why Spurs lost

Gregg Popovich opened press conference with the most obvious statement for why Spurs lost

Injury is the most discussed topic heading into this rematch of last year's Western Conference Championship series. The first game of the playoffs will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. Coach Steve Kerr thinks the Warriors will be just fine when they open their best-of-seven series against No. 7 seed San Antonio at home this weekend. Kerr's Warriors haven't achieved that feat either, but they could this season.

The defending champions, Golden State Warriors, have had a roller coaster ride throughout the season. He will still get his, but he shouldn't be able to dominate enough to make this series any longer than five games.

Most in the National Basketball Association world believe the answer is yes, mainly because the Warriors have indicated all season that this year would be a grind as they wait for the playoffs, their true season, to begin.

There's been a lot of speculation circulating around Kawhi Leonard, his injury, and his relationship with the San Antonio Spurs. He's one of our best shooters. This season, the Spurs tied for first in points allowed per game and have used their stifling defense to win a ton of low scoring contests. They remain the bettors' choice even as the second seed in the West. Simmons' limited shooting range could be exacerbated in the playoffs when defences choose to play off of him. The Warriors did not finish the season with the league's best offensive rating (that honor belongs to the top-seeded Houston Rockets), but they averaged a league-leading 113.5 points per game due to their top-five pace of play.

Since the Cavaliers overhauled their roster at the trade deadline, they've played the Raptors twice and blown them out both times. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 20 points and 2.5 assists. But Curry has not participated in any formal practices, but he spent time with the team on Thursday during its film session. Sure, they didn't take their customary seat in the lead auto 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.

Whatever the reason, if he does return, it would be trouble for the Warriors - and may actually force them to revisit their own star's injury timeline.

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Leading the Warriors now is fellow superstar Kevin Durant. Yes, Curry will miss the first round of the playoffs, but it's not like there aren't a few guys who can get the job done in his absence. Defensively, the Warriors are yielding 107.5 points per game against the opposing teams.

"I was talking to several coaches and execs from teams in the West morass from 3-9 - the fear factor for the Warriors without Curry does not exist", Lowe said. "It's just more motivation to get better as a teammate, as a player and just keep growing".

One of the main issues for the Spurs in Game 1 and in this series is going to be the fact that they simply aren't a very good road team.

The San Antonio Spurs have the 4th best defensive rating with 102.4 in the league.

ABC will host this game, so fans from all over the country can watch it.

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