Warriors ready for fresh start as they prepare to face Spurs

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The Greek Freak will be the most talented player on the floor but he can't afford a single night off in this series if Milwaukee are to stand a chance of causing the upset. It is a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals, but has a much different feel to it.

The Golden State Warriors struggled without star point guard Steph Curry in the lineup in the latter portion of the regular season, dropping three of their last four games.

This may be the ideal matchup for him as the Spurs don't have an athletic freak or bulldozer in their big man rotation and that is the main things that continue to give Looney problems.

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). The Cavaliers brought their A-game in Game 3, which they could have won if not for an open missed corner 3-pointer by Kyle Korver and Durant's heroics. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to be sidelined the entire first round with a knee injury.

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END 1Q: Spurs trail Warriors in Game 1 of their first round series, 28-17.

It has been about the sheer number of injuries for the Warriors as Nick Young is the only player to play at least 80 games, while only David West andKlay Thompson have joined Young in missing less than 10 games. This 2017-18 Golden State team has been ravaged by injuries - at times, playing without all four of its All-Stars - as it dropped 10 of 17 games entering the playoffs. But know we know Kawhi Leonard is officially OUT for Game 1. Durant has 24 points for Golden State. On the season, San Antonio has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points. "And that's something you don't want to give them, Taking care of the ball and taking good shots is very, very important". Still, they probably would have the edge in this series because they have the two best players in the series - Westbrook and George.

Now the regular season has ended, the Spurs own the 7-seed with a 47-35 record and booked themselves a first round series against the Golden State Warriors.

While Kerr is more of a rotation stickler, the one position where he likes to gamble on matchups is the center spot.

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The Warriors' fast paced offense will clash with the Spurs' slow, controlled game. With Kawhi Leonard presumably out for the rest of the season, Aldridge is really the only serious offensive threat that the Spurs have at their disposal. We know this team well, we know the Spurs well, so we know what we have to do. I expect the Warriors to win this contest, but it should stay close until the end.

Some of that is what Kerr gained from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "You take whatever is in front of you and you embrace it". His absence is huge for the Warriors but they still might have enough firepower to advance past the first round.

Still, the hottest team in the league won't have to play Cleveland until the conference final.

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The San Antonio Spurs have the 4th best defensive rating with 102.4 in the league.