However, the circumstances of their playoff series could not be more different. Though with his extended absence from the court, many have speculated that Leonard and the Spurs will part ways after this season, and many teams are expected to make a play for the former Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Finals MVP.
This season, both teams are in much dicier situations due to injuries. But he has been on the shelf the last several months with a mysterious quadricep injury and is already ruled out for Game 1 versus the Warriors.
For the Warriors' first-round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, we give them a 63.9% probability of winning the series.
Meanwhile, Paul proved his regular-season prowess in averaging 18.6 points and almost eight assists despite sharing ball-handling duties with Harden. Boasting two NBA championships, three Finals appearances, a two-time MVP, and four NBA All-Stars in the past three seasons, no team has come close to the success the Warriors have enjoyed since 2015. 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 Nicholai Williams ended the run with a short hook before Tremaine Shaw drilled two midrange jumpers and Headley added another layup to restore Warriors' double-digit advantage (40-29).
Out since March 23 with a sprained left medial collateral ligament (MCL), Curry was reevaluated Saturday, after which it was determined that he would be reevaluated again in one week.
"It was pretty unique and it's a quick turnaround, because we've got the first game [Saturday]", Kerr said on The Jump.
The Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games. This is what you play for.
The Warriors are certainly solid on the defensive end, but their path to victory will be through their offense. Can the Golden State Warriors defend their crown? On the season, San Antonio has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points. They play at the league's third-slowest pace and grind teams down on the offensive end with their mid-range and post-heavy attack.
When asked about how he feels going into the first-round battle against the Spurs, Kerr also said, "Let's find our groove the next couple of games and get things rolling, and I think we'll be in great shape". San Antonio will need someone to contain Kevin Durant and Leonard might have been their only real option.
Golden State has an excellent 58-24 SU record, but they have trouble covering the spread (33-46-3 ATS). Their biggest addition was "Point God" Chris Paul, who paired with all-star James Harden to form the best backcourt in the league - except for, arguably, the Warriors' duo of Curry and Klay Thompson.
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The big question here is whether the Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo have enough for a Celtics team without Kyrie Iriving and Marcus Smart?
The Warriors need Green to be long and strong - the trademarks of any good modern National Basketball Association front-court defender - but they're really relying upon Green's mind to get the Warriors' defense to a championship level this postseason. The likes of which we haven't seen- I would argue- since the Heat failed to win a championship against the Mavericks LeBron's first year.
Manu Ginobili had a steal and buzzer-beating three to cap an ugly opening 12 minutes for San Antonio.
During the Thunder's game against Memphis on Wednesday, Davis said point guard Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind" after Westbrook tallied an assist en route to averaging a triple-double for the second consecutive season.