The Spurs are alive! Well, at least for now. The Warriors will look to close things out at home in Tuesday’s Game 5 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Warriors are still the overwhelming favorite in the series, but you can never count out a team with the pedigree of the San Antonio Spurs. There might be a little more pressure on the Warriors for Game 5 than they would like.
No. 2 Golden State Warriors (58-24) vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs (47-35)
How to watch Game 5
- Date: Tuesday, April 24
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
- TV: TNT
- Live stream: TNTDrama.com or TNT App
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Oakland: Warriors 113, Spurs 92 |
- Game 2 in Oakland: Warriors 116, Spurs 101 |
- Game 3 in San Antonio: Warriors 110, Spurs 97
- Game 4 in San Antonio: Spurs 103, Warriors 90
- Game 5 in Oakland: Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 6 in San Antonio: Thursday, April 26, TBA (if necessary)
- Game 7 in Oakland: Saturday, April 28, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
Season series: 3-1, Warriors
Last season’s playoff results: Warriors won 2016-17 NBA title; Spurs lost to Warriors (4-0) in Western Conference finals
Injury report: Warriors guards Stephen Curry (knee) and Patrick McCaw (spinal contusion) are expected to miss the entire first-round series. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (quad) is also expected to miss the entire series.
Golden State Warriors projected starting lineup: G Andre Iguodala; G Klay Thompson; F Kevin Durant; F Draymond Green; C JaVale McGee
San Antonio Spurs projected starting lineup: G Dejounte Murray; G Patty Mills; G Danny Green; F Kyle Anderson; F LaMarcus Aldridge
Golden State wins if …
This isn’t the usual, dominant Warriors team that we’re used to seeing heading into the first round, but they still have plenty of firepower. Basically, if the Warriors play up to their potential offensively, even without Steph Curry, the Spurs simply won’t be able to score enough points to keep up with them. Kevin Durant creates incredible matchup problems for the Spurs if Leonard is unable to play, so he should be the focal point for Golden State.
San Antonio wins if …
This is probably the least intimidating Spurs team of the past two decades, but they’re still the Spurs. Without Leonard’s two-way excellence, head coach Gregg Popovich is going to have to put on a master class of coaching and the Spurs will have to execute to perfection. Not only that, but LaMarcus Aldridge will have to be the best player on the court in numerous games if San Antonio is going to stand a chance.