Warriors, Spurs series filled with familiar story lines

Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Warriors rallied from way behind after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

The Spurs move on to play the superior and favorites Golden State Warriors, knowing LaMarcus Aldridge is alive and well, while Patty Mills, Jonathon Simmons and even Dejounte Murray can play big roles if asked to. Harden, who fouled out with 3:15 left in the game, was held to just 10 points on 2-11 shooting in 37 minutes, and added 7 assists and 6 turnovers. They're not on the Spurs' bench because they can't play basketball.

Who: San Antonio Spurs vs.

The No. 2 seeded Spurs will travel to the Bay Area for Sunday's series opener after defeating the Rockets in six games in a Western Conference semifinal matchup. Catch Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on ABC7 Saturday with coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. From the video below, Troy West gave his thoughts regarding this series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

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On the other hand, the Spurs is said to be proving their skill in adapting to drastic gameplay changes as a team since ESPN has noted that stats show the Spurs has won five out of five games where key players Leonard and Parker are not present. But they won't have much time to celebrate their Game 6 win over the Rockets last night in Houston. Ah well. I'll see you in the Finals.

Can the San Antonio Spurs take an early lead against Golden State? 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's short rest, so I assume he's going to be ready". Following the clincher in Houston, as celebrations echoed throughout the Alamo City, the focus shifted to the Warriors for Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green. It is just the second time this decade the best offense and best defense have matched up in the postseason.

"For whatever reason, this game we didn't have the juice and the stuff", D'Antoni said. Standing in their way is a playoff-tested San Antonio team, albeit one that is without injured point guard Tony Parker and now has a banged-up Kawhi Leonard. Leonard will be back at full strength after the Spurs routed Houston by 39 points without him.

There was a little joking around, too, about former San Antonio assistant coach Mike Brown heading up the Warriors now, filling in for sidelined coach Steve Kerr. "I'm sure most people don't really know, and I'll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe".

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