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"You're excited to start the playoffs", Draymond Green said.

Pregame reading: The Golden State Warriors open their title defense on Saturday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

The NBA regular season wrapped on Wednesday night after almost seven months of play. Golden State was hammered 119-79 on the road by Utah in their finale Tuesday. Though they had Kawhi Leonard for just nine games, the Spurs were a top-five defensive team for the sixth straight season.

The San Antonio Spurs are the kind of team that could theoretically cause the Golden State Warriors some problems.

The Spurs rank 13th in steals allowed per game (7.6) while the Warriors rank 27th (8.8). But while LaMarcus Aldridge has stepped his game up this season and been given creative leash on offense, San Antonio has no one to duplicate what Leonard provides as one of the NBA's elite defenders.

"I always knew everybody on our team had a good spirit, a good energy for the game", said Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

Curry, sidelined since March 23, suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his first game back from an ankle injury and is progressing on schedule in his rehab from the injury. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a double-double with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Of those, DeRozan ranks 215th in field goal percentage (40.3 per cent), and Lowry 225th (39.4 per cent). The Spurs are tied for 25 in the league by knocking down 35.2 percent of their long range attempts.

Like the Warriors, the Spurs have been here before.

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The Warriors come into this one #1 in the league in scoring with 113.5 points per game. Lakers, on the other hand, had 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive which proved to be their own unmaking.

And this time around, the Warriors didn't even know their opponent until Wednesday night, meaning Golden State's video crew worked overtime preparing for all the possible opponents. Instead, the Thunder took their spot, lost the series, and lost Kevin Durant to the Bay.

That leaves two East teams with better regular-season records than Cleveland: Philadelphia and Toronto.

Golden State is favored by 8 points in Game 1, with the over/under at 200.5 points, according to betting site Vegas Insider. The Warriors are on a mission and the Spurs are too proud not to throw up every barrier they can muster.

Who else but the Golden State Warriors would be the favorites to win the West? The only obstacle in their path - the Spurs, the second-best team in the league, led by Kawhi Leonard in his all his two-way glory. Leonard recovers a step behind, switching onto Curry to as he shimmies away from the tangled mass of Parker and Durant. Each of their four all-stars missed at least nine games, and Curry sat 31 with various leg ailments. It's for a series against the Golden State Warriors, the last team the Silver and Black faced in the playoffs, which resulted in a series sweep for Steve Kerr's squad.

Because there's no reseeding in the NBA Playoffs, should the Warriors advance they'll be looking at a matchup with either the third seed Portland Trail Blazers or the six seed New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference semis.

Game 1 between the Spurs and defending champion Warriors gets underway Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET.


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