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. "I was making passes and we didn't knock down shots".
A critical factor for the Spurs will be the health of MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, who along with starting point guard Tony Parker missed the last game against the Rockets.
The series begins in Oracle Arena on Sunday afternoon, a 12:30 p.m. local tip, on ABC. They will be playing the Golden State Warriors, a team that has finished just ahead of the Spurs in their past few seasons. But this is shaping up to be the series where we find finally come together to appreciate the full range of talents that Leonard has, and his impact to San Antonio's success, whether they win or not.
After the Spurs routed the Houston Rockets on Thursday night to advance, the Westgate opened San Antonio as a 900 underdog and Golden State as a massive -1600 favorite to win the series.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets had emerged this past season as not only an National Basketball Association superstar, but one of the elite players and one of faces of the league - especially with his signature fluffy beard.
Still, the Warriors are a different beast, and the Spurs need their most unsafe weapon. After all, only the Warriors were better than the Spurs (61-21) this season.
Some fans thought the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors would be the inevitable Western Conference championship matchup anyway. Coach Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, sounded playful beyond that. After originally injuring his left ankle on Tuesday, Leonard could have reportedly played in the Spurs' 114-75 blowout victory over the Rockets - if needed.
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"Kawhi is a great player, but we have guys that are ready to play and the organization works these guys out every day", Aldridge said.
San Antonio took an early 2-0 lead in the series, blowing out the Grizzlies 111-82 in Game 1, and defeating them a second time in Game 2.
Back in 2013, the Spurs were the second seed again while the Warriors were the sixth seed.
Asked if Harden was injured, D'Antoni said, "He's been battling that cold, but nothing I know of". It is just the second time this decade the best offense and best defense have matched up in the postseason.
The Warriors are fully healthy and rested entering the West Finals.
Leonard's most important contribution to San Antonio in the series against the Warriors will undoubtedly be his defensive abilities.