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Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 vs

19 May 2017

The Spurs beat the Rockets in convincing fashion in Game 6 to continue on in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, and after sweeping the Trail Blazers and the Jazz, the Warriors go into the Western Conference Finals undefeated this postseason. The Spurs will figure a few things out, but over the course of a seven-game series, it's hard to imagine how the Warriors' offense will be grinded to a halt for extended periods.

Mike Brown would probably prefer not to be acting head coach for the Golden State Warriors right now, as he's only doing so because Steve Kerr is in so much pain he's unable to coach.

The absence of Kawhi Leonard, one of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) top players, because of a sprained left ankle should have made a difference. A lot of times they'll bring guys off the bench that you and I had never heard of...but these are guys that can perform. Assuming Leonard is healthy, I like the points here. "We've got to prepare as fast as we can". But on the other hand, the Spurs are a veteran ballclub with championship DNA that shouldn't be dismissed that easily. If the series is close, expect this five-man unit to get plenty of minutes especially in closing stretches during the fourth quarter.

Covering the spread is another matter.

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FILE - In this January 10, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a foul called against him during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Oakland, Calif. Durant looks at LeBron James from afar and marvels at how the Cavs main man keeps finding a way to take his game to another level, year after year. Being the second place team was more than enough for the Spurs to reach the playoffs.

The Warriors are at full health with a returning Kevin Durant added to their weaponry.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a huge Game 6 against the Houston Rockets, but tends to shy away and not be all there at times. "But it wouldn't surprise me either way".

Danny Green had 10 points and six rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 53.1 percent from the floor, but were only 5-for-22 from 3-pointers.

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Leonard has spent his entire NBA career in San Antonio after originally being selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of San Diego State.

Cleveland is 8-0 straight-up and 4-2-2 ATS, winning by an average of 9.6 points with a 6-2 over-under record. Entering the first round of the playoffs, the odd may have been against the Grizzlies. Washington tied the series with a 92-91 victory Friday, and Game 7 will be Monday in Boston.

Watch him here: he stays as the ball goes baseline, in case he can help, backs out to play free safety as the ball passes the basket, checks to see where the pass may go, cuts off the angle and deflects it, causing the turnover. "Personally, I think Washington matches up better with Cleveland than Boston does". After coughing up two potential wins in Boston, the Wizards now face elimination instead of advancing and it all falls on John Wall's supporting cast.

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