NBA Playoffs – Warriors vs Spurs – Round 1
The playoffs are here and last year’s Western Conference Finals will be in the first round as the defending champion Golden State Warriors will face the San Antonio Spurs. Here’s a quick recap of the season series (Courtesy of NBA.com and Warriors.com)
11/2/17 at San Antonio: Warriors 112, Spurs 92
Klay Thompson led all players with 27 points and five three-pointers as the Warriors erased a 19-point first quarter deficit on their way to a 20-point victory.
2/10/18 at Golden State: Warriors 122, Spurs 105
Steve Kerr became the fastest coach to reach 250 wins in the history of the four major American sports after Golden State overcame yet another slow start.
3/8/18 at Golden State: Warriors 110, Spurs 107
Kevin Durant scored 14-straight Warriors’ points in the fourth quarter to steal the game in the final minutes in what proved to be the narrowest margin of victory in the season series.
3/19/18 at San Antonio: Spurs 89, Warriors 75
Durant, Thompson and Stephen Curry missed the game, while Draymond Green departed in the first half with a pelvic injury, as Golden State posted their lowest point total in Kerr’s four seasons as head coach.
-Kawhi Leonard didn’t play in any of the four games. He played in only nine games this season, and none since January 13th. His status for the series has not been determined, but a return is unexpected at this time.
-Durant’s 37 points in the victory on March 8th was the highest scoring game against the Spurs this season.
-Throughout the season, San Antonio’s opponents totaled 30-or-more assists eight times; three of those instances were recorded by the Warriors (all Golden State victories).
-San Antonio outscored the Warriors by 21 points in the first quarter over the four games, and held at least a nine-point advantage at the end of the first frame in three of them. Golden State outscored the Spurs by 48 points over the final three quarters, however.