After acknowledging for several years that they aspire to be Spurs 2.0, the Warriors will come face to face with the real thing in the next round of the playoffs.
San Antonio’s 114-75 annihilation of Houston in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night sends the Spurs into the conference finals against the Warriors.
Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at Oracle Arena, with Game 2 set for Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
The Warriors in the regular season posted a 67-15 record to earn the No. 1 overall seed, while the Spurs (61-21) nabbed the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
The series will feature several subplots, most notably among the coaches. Though Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is expected to miss the series, both he and acting head coach Mike Brown have San Antonio ties and are disciples of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
There also will be at least one key question, that being the status of Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who sustained a sprained right ankle in Game 5 and did not play in Game 6.
The Warriors and Spurs met three times in the regular season, with the Warriors losing the first two.
Oct. 25 in Oakland: The Spurs spoiled opening night for the Warriors, as well as Kevin Durant’s debut with his new team, rolling to a 129-100 rout at Oracle Arena. San Antonio clobbered the Warriors on the glass (55-35). Draymond Green referred to the drubbing as being “punched in the mouth,” while Kerr said he felt everyone was “embarrassed” by it.
March 11 in San Antonio: The Warriors, arriving in the wee hours after playing the previous night in Minnesota, chose to rest his key players in San Antonio. With Durant injured, Kerr sat Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Green. The result was a national dialogue about uninjured NBA players resting and a 107-85 runaway by the Spurs, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker and Leonard.
March 29 at San Antonio: Once again on the second night of a back-to-back set, this time after winning at Houston, the Warriors fell behind 15-0 in little more than four minutes and 33-17 after one quarter. They then pulled off a miraculous recovery, outscored the Spurs 93-65 the rest of the way to take a 110-98 victory, with Curry and Thompson combining for 52 points, while David West and Iguodala combined for 29 off the bench. Though Leonard, Aldridge and Parker were back in the lineup for San Antonio, the Warriors still were without Durant.
This is the first postseason meeting between the teams since 2013, when the Spurs ousted the Warriors in six games in the conference semifinals.
The schedule for the series can be seen below.
GAME DAY, DATE TIME (PDT) LOCATION
GAME 1 Sunday, May 14 12:30 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 2 Tuesday, May 16 6:00 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 3 Saturday, May 20 6:00 p.m. AT&T Center
GAME 4 Monday, May 22 6:00 p.m. AT&T Center
GAME 5* Wednesday, May 24 6:00 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 6* Friday, May 26 6:00 p.m. AT&T Center
GAME 7* Sunday, May 28 6:00 p.m. Oracle Arena