Spurs Are Packing A Revenge Punch!!
Francis S Estepan. Published April 13th, 2018
Under 24 hours till the beginning of the first game of this year’s NBA Playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Oakland for the first game against the Golden State Warriors. Last year, these teams met in the Western Conference Finals where the Warriors came out on top. Neither team was able to reach the 60 game win mark, also their playoff seeding changed a bit as well. Both teams are dealing with injuries to major players, but both teams have found a way into the playoffs and the matchup couldn’t be any better.
Spurs want revenge!! They may not say it or show it, but revenge is fueling Popovich’s team right now. The Spurs are a very composed team that are not going to lose their “cool.” The biggest distraction has been the Kawhi Leonard situation, being only 3 games shy of another 50 win season sounds like a good solution. Don’t pay too much attention to their 7th seed standing record, Popovich has the time to form up schemes to stress out the Warriors.
The Warriors go to play is the Steph- KD pick and roll. Without Steph, KD and Klay has to carry the offensive load with Draymond Green as the 3rd option. The defense will hold their own vs any team, but relying on streaky shooters such as Swaggy P and Cook may be a problem. Kerr is a great coach and he will figure out a way to work the bench rotation but all errors have to be limited. Any sign of frustration or weakness will exploited.
The Warriors are the favorite to win the series. They should be extremely confident in their performance and their 4 All Star players. The Houston Rockets are the team that is set to dethrone them. For the Spurs, revenge is best served cold and what would be colder than the Spurs sending the champions on an early trip out of the playoffs.
- KD vs Aldridge: At some point in time we will see this 2 going at each other. Aldridge is bigger and heavier than KD which can create some bully ball opportunity down low. On the other side KD length and unlimited range could require Aldridge to come out to the 3 point line.
- Klay Thompson vs Dejounte Murray: Murray is nowhere near the level of player that Klay Thompson is (yet), but the potential is there. If Klay can prevent his numbers going down in the playoffs, the Warriors will be fine. But if they do (like last year), Murray could become a breakout story.
- Draymond Green Vs Rudy Gay: In 11 years Rudy has only being to the playoffs once. He is coming off a season ending injury, averaging career low in minutes and scoring. Opportunity could be knocking on his door and there is no better way to answer it by outperforming one of the NBAs elite defenders.
- Role Players: JaVale Vs Pau!! Young Vs Ginobili!! Livingston Vs Parker!! Iguodala Vs Bertans!! Quinn Cook Vs Bryn Forbes!! One of this matchups could be the one that shifts the scale. Look for Popovich to exploit the bench matchups that will force KD and Thompson to become overwhelm.
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