During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 106.6 points per game (6.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 115.6 points per game (8.1 above their season average). The team lost star Kyrie Irving to a knee injury for the season, including the playoffs, and have gone 8-6 in his absence, outscoring opponents by just 1.2 net points per 100 possessions.
James has marked the start of the postseason with his now traditional social media lockdown, preferring instead to turn his attention exclusively to the task of leading his team through the playoffs.
The 29-year-old's Golden State tenure has worked out splendidly in terms of team success, as the Warriors won 67 regular-season games in 2016-17 en route to their second championship in three years. Then late last season, the Warriors were gearing up for that inevitable Finals rematch with rival Cleveland while Durant worked back from a knee injury before capturing his first title and becoming Finals MVP.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Thursday "we'll be caught off guard" if Leonard plays at all in the first-round series. He reports that Durant will consider three options for his next contract. Rajon Rondon is doing an excellent job at point guard and Nikola Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore have combined to average 28 points per game for the Pelicans.
Kevin Durant says the Warriors' 7-10 finish to the regular season was due to injuries, which had sapped the team's morale.
It's no surprise to see Golden State enter this year's postseason.
The usually formidable Golden State Warriors stumbled their way to the end of the regular season, and Kevin Durant thinks that the team's recent slate of injuries had a big effect on them psychologically. They are one of the top rebounding teams in the league with an offensive rebound percentage of 23.7.
The San Antonio Spurs are in many ways the opposite of the Warriors. The Warriors themselves know how good they are.
The San Antonio Spurs (47-35) have played throughout the season nearly without Kawhi Leonard who played for only nine games. He's one of our best shooters. As for the Warriors, they'll be without Steph Curry for the opening round, which makes them significantly more vulnerable. It is also possible, however, that the Spurs go with Aldridge at center and Kyle Anderson at power forward. Spurs games have a slight tendency to go under the O/U total (52.4 percent). Leonard has only played nine games during the whole season, while former main men Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are both battling it out with Father Time.
The San Antonio Spurs are the kind of team that could theoretically cause the Golden State Warriors some problems.
Neither team is going into the matchup with its biggest superstar. The Baron Davis Golden State Warriors as the eight seed beating Dirk Nowitzki, MVP Dirk Nowitzki, and the Dallas Mavericks, I would put this, if the Spurs were to win, I would put this on par if not greater than that.
However, the Warriors still have enough firepower even without Curry to beat basically anyone in the league.