Coming into the 2018 NBA playoffs, both the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are depleted.
The Warriors’ Steph Curry is expected to miss the first-round after injuring his left knee, while the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard has played in only nine games this season due to a right quad injury. No word if Leonard will be available at any point in these playoffs.
The Warriors, who are the 2nd seed in the Western Conference, will face the 7th seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first-round of the playoffs. Game 1 will be on Saturday at Oracle Arena.
Obviously, the Warriors still have Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, which will make it very difficutl for the Spurs to win this series.
Which loss is greater Curry or Leonard?
ESPN’s Max Kellerman gave his thoughts on ESPN’s First Take today:
— First Take (@FirstTake) April 13, 2018
The answer is pretty obvious. Kawhi Leonard is the Spurs best player, so it’s going to be very difficult for San Antonio to win without him. Regarding the Warriors, you can argue that their best player will still be on the court in Durant. Therefore, they could make a long run in the playoffs without Curry.