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Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr: 'Our intention is to hang another banner'

The Golden State Warriors go head-to-head against the San Antonio Spurs at ORACLE Arena to open the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

The Warriors lucked out drawing the Spurs in the first round. 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.

STEVE KERR, Golden State Warriors coach, unfazed by his team's indifferent form towards the end of the regular season. In any result, the Blazers faced the New Orleans Pelicans with home court advantage.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Because the Warriors were able to rotate so well and because the Spurs don't have a single player on their team (well, save for maybe one) who has a quick trigger on their shot, there was no punishment for the attention on LMA. Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all also felled by multi-game and/or multi-week ailments in March, while others like Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala have yet to play in April thanks to injuries of their own. It's not insane to think San Antonio could explore trading the two-time All-Star, even though he's one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association when healthy. They remain the bettors' choice even as the second seed in the West. If the Spurs plan on winning this contest, expect its bench to play extremely well. But a measure of gloom, for all the rationalizations, has been hard for the Warriors to shake as Saturday's Game 1 against the pesky Spurs - sans Curry - draws near. They will again match up in the second round this year if both advance.

The Dubs are number one in the league in assist percentage of 68.5 with an assist ratio of 21.1 averaging nearly 30 assists per game.

The Spurs have been outscored by an average of 2.6 points in their last five games. I watched LaMarcus Aldridge up close and personal in games one and two, when he was still with Portland when they were playing Houston in the first round, go for 46 and 18 and followed up with 43 and 8.

Leading the Warriors now is fellow superstar Kevin Durant.

They arrive in the play-offs after a roller-coaster season which was transformed after a frenzied series of deals before the trading deadline, which saw them acquire George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr, and Jordan Clarkson. The Spurs are 16 in the league by shooting 45.7 percent from the field. The Warriors got the best of the Spurs multiple times throughout the regular season and it should be a breeze for them once more.

But how soon everyone forgets: just two years ago, the 73-win Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. This Warriors team can pass, man. San Antonio is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games versus Golden State. San Antonio Spurs can use their size and length to create problems for the Warriors on the boards.

You can live stream the game on the ABC app.

Durant (surprised): "Damn! Hey I feel you dog it's all good, I forgot a couple plays tonight".

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