The Spurs are led by Kawhi Leonard, who averaged 25.5 points per diversion in a unchanging season, and is returning from blank a final diversion of a semifinals. The Warriors are led by Stephen Curry, who averaged 25.3 ppg.
Here’s what we need to know:
What: Game 1, Western Conference Finals
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
When: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Line: Warriors -10
Here are a few of a plenty story lines to watch when these informed teams start their best-of-seven array Sunday afternoon during Oracle Arena:
Leonard had only a few days to get healthy.
Popovich pronounced he went by a full use Saturday.
“He’s a soldier, man. He’s a fighter,” Durant said. “If he’s out there, he’s not going to make any excuses.”
Out of work final season, Brown spent most of his time attending Spurs meetings, practices and games in an spontaneous ability with good friend, Popovich . Kerr hired Brown as an partner final summer.
Brown, final a Spurs partner in 2003 who has pronounced he hopes to do something to repay Popovich someday for a opportunity, positively schooled some X’s and O’s though it went distant over that to watching how Popovich has blending to players now and continued to be a top-notch communicator.
“Mike who? we don’t know a Mike Brown,” Popovich joked. “Mikey’s finished a good job. Steve was unequivocally intelligent in employing him. He didn’t sinecure him for this reason, Steve didn’t wish this to happen, though they know any other well. Mike knows a module well. Steve is right there with him, in his ear. They’re doing things a approach they’ve finished it for a while now underneath Steve’s leadership.”
David Lee will face his aged Warriors team, while David West faces a Spurs, his former team.
A barter of Davids, indeed. West has been assisting a Warriors get prepared for his aged team.
While he still keeps in hold with Curry and others, Lee is downplaying any intensity nostalgia from his time with Golden State.
“I try to keep things as elementary as possible,” he said. “It’s a building and an environment, a lot of people out there that I’m really informed with and keep in hold with many of a guys on their group still. With that being said, they’re competitors, I’m a competitor, guys on my group here, a Spurs, are competitors.”
The Warriors again are well-rested and healthy for a subsequent turn of their championship chase.
Durant, for one, feels good after traffic with a left knee damage that cost him 19 games late in a unchanging deteriorate afterwards a whinging left calf during a Portland series.
San Antonio will have to try to keep gait from a tip.
“We didn’t have most time to practice. It was a prolonged series, an burdensome array and now we play during noon, though we’re here,” Manu Ginobili said. “We’ve got to ready as quick as we can.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)