But after digging a 3-0 series deficit, San Antonio played with renewed inspiration, never trailing as they won Game 4 on Sunday, 103-90. Think about it. Heading into the series against the Golden State Warriors past year, many felt Leonard and the Spurs can take down the juggernaut from the bay area. With head coach Gregg Popovich still away from the team while he grieves the death of his wife, will San Antonio manage to cover the spread tonight as a double-digit underdog in another elimination game at Golden State? It would have been overlooked if the Spurs were to have fallen in Game 4, bringing an end to what likely has been the most tumultuous season of the Popovich era.
The Spurs have sputtered in the series as they have shot 42.3 percent from the field in the series.
The Golden State Warriors love Klay Thompson partly because of his low-maintenance.
Aldridge led all scorers with 30 points and 12 rebounds on 8-18 shooting and a ideal 14-of-14 from the free-throw line. Green said. "I think if I did have a scorer's mentality, it would throw all this off and it wouldn't work out". While several other Warriors stars missed games during that span as well, Curry's contribution is obvious and makes Golden State a matchup nightmare.
As for the Warriors, this is simply them meeting expectations.
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Mills started the game and in his 36 minutes on the court took 15 field-goal attempts, connecting with seven, including four three-pointers for 18 points. Golden State led 22-20 after one quarter. Green notched a double-double with 17 points and 19 rebounds.
The Spurs nearly managed to fight their way back into this game as the Warriors' offense floundered in the fourth quarter, but Kevin Durant knocked down a dagger with 36 seconds remaining to put Golden State up by four points.
According to Bovada (via OddsShark), the Spurs are -170 (bet $170 to win $100) favorites to have Leonard on their roster for the first game of the 2018-19 season. Golden State is at home here and they have been good at the Oracle Arena this season.
The Pelicans are one of the few teams in the league with the defensive versatility and speed to slow the Warriors, and the scoring ability to hold their own. Thompson has noticed how well the Warriors next opponent, the New Orleans Pelicans, played against the Portland Trail Blazers. Assistant coach Ettore Messina handled the coaching duties in Popovich's absence.
"They came out and said this was going to be a scrimmage game", said Davis in his post-game interview on Fox Sports, following that big win three years ago. Will the Warriors close the door at home?
During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 101.6 points per game (11.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 102.4 points per game (4.7 below their season average).