Western Conference Finals Preview San Antonio vs. Golden State
After dismantling Houston and Utah in the Conference Semi-Finals, the Warriors and the Spurs will face off in the Western Conference Finals.
The Spurs won two of the three regular season meetings including a 29-point blowout in Oracle on opening night. On March 29th, the Warriors pulled out a gutsy 110-98 win in San Antonio.
One thing stuck out in particular during these two games, and that is that the Warriors have matchup advantages all over the place.
LaMarcus Aldridge played his best game of his Spurs’ career in Game 6 in Houston, but facing Draymond Green will be impossible to prepare for.
Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons are giving the Spurs great minutes on the perimeter, but they will be forced to guard Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Advantage? Golden State.
Oh yeah, and lets not forget about Kevin Durant.
If the Spurs have any shot at winning this series they need to do two things: they need to dictate pace, and they need to control the paint.
The Warriors have not been tested thus far during these playoffs, and I think that could hurt them against San Antonio. Gregg Popovich led teams have a weird way of hanging around in games where they have no business being in.
How will the Warriors respond late in close games? Who takes the last shot?
My X-Factor in this series is Jonathon Simmons. The 4th year Houston native has been a huge factor in San Antonio’s first two series, and I think that will continue. His length on the perimeter could cause Steph Curry problems, similar to Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 Finals.
At the end of the day, these Warriors have an incredible amount of firepower, and that is why they are going to win this series in 5 games.