Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Warriors Give Update On Steph Curry's Timetable For Return

Warriors Give Update On Steph Curry's Timetable For Return

Both players are former MVP award winners and have proven that they are still elite in today's National Basketball Association.

Any time Curry is out of the lineup, there is a good chance Kevin Durant has a huge stat line. Then the Warriors drain a three.

But, that month doesn't matter anymore.

The Warriors won three of the four regular season meetings between these two teams, with the Spurs lone win coming in their last meeting, an 89-75 win in San Antonio in a game played without Kevin Durant, who averaged 28 points on 60% shooting in last year's conference finals sweep.

Aldridge expressed confidence that he and the Spurs will do a better job of handling Golden State's double-team defense. "So let's find our groove here the next couple games and get things rolling and I think we'll be in great shape".

Quinn Cook vs Dejounte Murray - Another interesting matchup to watch will be the point guard battle between Cook and Murray. Kerr had previously ruled out Curry returning to play at any point during their first-round series. Even after being shorthanded to start these playoffs, the 2017 NBA Champions still have enough firepower to get through the first round.

Cook's strength is his shot.

As things stand, the Warriors are still the favorites to win the Larry O'Brien in June. He averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds per game en route to an NBA All-Star selection. Golden State is 6-2 vs. the Spurs in the postseason at home. Kawhi and the Spurs have both stated they would like to stay together long term, but at this point it appears nothing is off the table. He can guard nearly every position and can do nearly everything required of him; he fits into the Warriors' system wherever and whenever he is called upon, whether it be jumping to the sky to block shots or patiently giving crisp passes to shooters coming off of screens. Livingston's midrange jumper, once nearly automatic, hasn't been dropping, and David West, who's been terrific for a majority of the season, has started to look like his age. Cook is not so quick.

Green and Thompson are similar players.

From the opening tip Saturday Golden State played with energy on defense, moved the ball on offense, and exploited their considerable athleticism advantage over San Antonio.

Leonard had to leave the game and was sidelined for the remainder of the series.

They posted their second-lowest point total of the season as Utah enjoyed wide-open looks and shot 53.3 percent from the field. He is the Spurs' best offensive and defensive player, and he gives Durant problems.

Around him, the unlikely trio of Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson also thrive in the mid-range and in.

The Spurs will have to try to guard Durant with someone other than Anderson.

While Kerr is more of a rotation stickler, the one position where he likes to gamble on matchups is the center spot. But now that Duncan has retired, it appears there is a void that can not be filled even by the likes of Kawhi Leonard (who has played only nine games this year and presumably won't be available in the postseason). Still, they probably would have the edge in this series because they have the two best players in the series - Westbrook and George.

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