Source Says Player is 'Expected' at Game 1 vs Golden State

Paola Ditto
Mag 13, 2017

"Obviously, no one played well", he said.

But these were still the same Spurs, with the same winning approach, the same winning confidence and the same winning attitude under Popovich.

After beating the Rockets in Game 6 of the semifinals without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, the Spurs PR team made a decision to share this stat to show how great of a coach Popovich is, and how dominant the Spurs have been under his guidance.

The Spurs will next face the Golden State Warriors, starting Sunday. Also, free throw shooting has been a freaky bugaboo for this team - which is odd since they shot so well from the line through the regular season.

The game was an end-to-end thrashing. Despite the fact that Harden said he was "good" when asked about it following Game 6, our source insists he was not. In the first round, the Warriors cruised past a shorthanded Portland team in four games and then they followed that up with a sweep of Utah in the second round to get to this point. It wasn't one guy scoring 40 or anything like that.

"Everybody contributed. It was a real team effort with (32) assists and just (seven) turnovers. They played well at the offensive ends with a lot of sets, and at the defensive end it was one of our best nights as far as scrambling around trying to keep up with these guys".

The Warriors and the Spurs met three times in the regular season with the Warriors winning the first two games by an average of 25.5 points before the Spurs won the latest meeting by 110-98 back on March 29.

Leonard suffered from a sprained left ankle during their close match with Houston in Game 5 after accidentally landing on James Harden's foot during the third quarter. San Antonio's disturbing trend of missing "wide open" three-pointers continued, as they went just 1 for 10 on such shots.

Following a second round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016, the cornerstone of the Spurs franchise, Tim Duncan, retired from basketball after an illustrious 17-year career. Kawhi Leonard has led from the front with averages of 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 16.8 points with 8.0 rebounds while Patty Mills is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists off the bench. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) was Houston's top scorer with 20 points.

Harden, of course, would need to sign on to a plan that sits him more. But come the series against San Antonio, Harden, who played in 81 regular season games, shot 41.4 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from long range.

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