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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

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The San Antonio Spurs prepare to take on the team with the best record in the NBA.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
April 5, 2015, 6:00 PM Spurs Time
TV: NBA TV  - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The past couple times the San Antonio Spurs have taken the court, they've ended up gaining some big victories. Earlier in the week they clinched a playoff berth versus the Orlando Magic, and then on Friday they won their 50th game of the year versus the Denver Nuggets. On Sunday though, they will play in an even bigger game. The Spurs will face off in what could be a Western Conference Finals preview versus the Golden State Warriors.

There are seeding implications in this game for the Spurs, but that doesn’t matter as much as testing themselves versus the best team in the league. If the Spurs make a serious run at the NBA Finals this year, there’s a very good chance that they’ll have to go through Golden State at some point, so finding out the strengths and weaknesses in that matchup could prove big for both teams.

The last time the two teams faced off was on February 20 in Oakland. The Warriors ended up winning handily, with both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson having big nights. The Spurs balanced out their scoring well, but no one was able to assert dominance, and as a team they shot poorly from deep. Of course, there’s a huge difference between the Spurs from February 20 and the Spurs of today. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard have both caught their strides offensively, and have brought the Spurs back to their contender status.

Regardless of how well the Spurs are on offense, they will still have to be at the top of their game on defense. Steph Curry has proven to be one of the very best players in the game, and Klay Thompson, as good as he already was, is one of the most improved players this season. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green will have their hands full with these perimeter threats, and the whole team will have to be in help mode when these two inevitably get past the first level of the defense.

It is important to note that Tiago Splitter will be out for Sunday’s game. Recently, he has been one of many Spurs players on an un-swing in production, and his interior passing, pick-and-roll game, and protection of the paint will all be sorely missed. Aron Baynes will have to step up and provide quality minutes in his absence, which is no small task considering the considerable talent he’ll be matched up against.

vs.

Golden State Warriors (63-13)

San Antonio Spurs (50-26)

April 5, 2015

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

6:00 PM CDT

TV: NBA TV

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Stephen Curry

PG

Tony Parker

Klay Thompson

SG

Danny Green

Harrison Barnes

SF

Kawhi Leonard

Draymond Green

PF

Boris Diaw

Andrew Bogut

C

Tim Duncan


For the Warriors perspective, please visit Golden State of Mind.

Game prediction: Spurs by 4.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and you can get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment: Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com