Warriors leaning on Durant against Spurs

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Also, while recently on ESPN's The Jump, coach Steve Kerr was interviewed while Curry was shooting in the background and looked pretty good.

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. But Curry's absence will force Durant to be more aggressive. This season, Curry was averaging 26.4 points per game along with 6.1 assists per game.

San Antonio comes into the contest with records of 47-35 straight up (SU) and 41-37-4 against the spread (ATS).

OAKLAND Warriors forward Kevin Durant rarely has faced a defense that can stop him. According to multiple reports, Spurs physicians have declared the two-time all star as being healthy enough to return, but Leonard maintains he isn't ready for game-action. 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. No wonder Charles Barkley became so enamored with the National Hockey League version of the postseason - that's a sport that actually doles out some real drama once the regular season is over.

"His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre", Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in July.

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From the top seeds in Houston and Toronto, to the old stalwarts in Golden State and Cleveland, to the brash up-and-comers in Philadelphia and Minnesota, there are potential storylines galore - and no real way to predict how it all may shake out. Unfortunately for the Spurs, their Game 1 defense left a lot to be desired.

Most importantly, the Warriors were engaged defensively from the start, holding the Spurs to 40 percent shooting for the game (although the Spurs did go 9-of-22 from three). "I let the team vote on whether they wanted him to stay in the room or not", Popovich said.

Dejounte Murray is quickly becoming one of the league's best guard defenders, an honor that Danny Green has held for years.

To be fair, the awakening of the Warriors' defense will receive a more accurate measure if and when they advance beyond the Spurs and face, for example, the Blazers with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and of course the turbocharged Rockets with James Harden and Chris Paul and all those three-point slingers. Steph Curry creates pace. It didn't make me more aware on the basketball court. "Now we're just going to try to continue to build on that". We're underdogs. To get a win here we've got to overachieve.

This would be a big advantage for the Warriors if they had Curry, but he'll miss this series with a sprained MCL.