Warriors Confident Ahead Of Playoffs Despite Depleted Squad

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

It was an instant hit on Twitter. "I have fantastic confidence in this team if we come with the focus we've had for the past two days".

Yet it was an undeniable moment of catharsis and reassurance for the NBA's beleaguered reigning champions.

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.

"We're still us. Don't worry".

But, for the first time since 2015, teams other than the Cavaliers and Warriors could legitimately reach the Finals. But as they say, the playoffs is when the real season begins.

You're excited to start the playoffs. There's still some time this season for Leonard to possibly come back from his injury, though it seems unlikely.

Curry, who suffered an MCL sprain during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23, has a three-week evaluation scheduled for Saturday on his left knee, according to Charania. Now, we have not seen a team in our lifetime have the type of success that we have seen with the Golden State Warriors.

Final Prediction: Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 4-1 to advance to the second round.

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"He's on the court doing some stuff", Kerr said. Spurs didn't even get out of the second round to end up getting to face the Golden State Warriors.

How joyful can the Warriors really be, for that matter, when the prime supplier of their let-it-fly frolic - Curry - is out of the lineup? And that was before they had Kevin Durant. But when you have the shortest turnaround in league history and hear all offseason that you can't be beaten, you're going to have to battle complacency.

So too are Cleveland, who also look vulnerable as they prepare to host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow. "It all compounds further when you endure injuries and turmoil". But over the course of a best-of series, it's hard to bet against the Warriors. Such warts were forgotten after the Bulls hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy for the third year in a row. I think it's a great first-round matchup for us. Steven Adams is a very solid big man and they still have Carmelo Anthony - although to me, it's not a big 3 anymore but rather a dynamic duo. Personally, I follow every sport religiously and my life revolves around sports.

I'm sure you've heard the saying "defense wins championships".

Probably not. San Antonio (without Kawhi Leonard, it would be a surprise if he came back now) doesn't have the athletes.

The University of Texas product has meshed well with Stephen Curry, and in the coming years the duo figures to help Golden State maintain its place on the short list of National Basketball Association title contenders.

Not that the Warriors can dare to assume anything. The Rockets have played at a high level all season long and it would be a big disappointment for them to lose. Fans holding out hope that Leonard could make an 11th hour appearance against the Warriors are likely to be disappointed.

So for his own reassurance, Myers turns to Kerr. James has played in the last seven NBA Finals, so nobody knows how to get to the finish line better, no matter from where he starts. We need him to score because if not, we struggle. "We used to be one of the only teams that went small".

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