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As the chess match between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs prepares to get underway, one of the biggest questions facing the underdog Spurs is how to combat the Warriors’ seemingly endless onslaught of scoring. That strategic problem will fall upon Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who formulated a game plan that slowed down …

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Two teams that excel offensively and defensively from beyond the 3-point line go strength against strength when the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors meet in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. The second-seeded Spurs beat the top-seeded Warriors in two of three meetings this season, with the …

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The Golden State Warriors have yet to be challenged in the playoffs, sweeping through the first two rounds. But as the Warriors prepare to take on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, Steph Curry dared the Spurs to continue playing a similar style of defense they used in beating the Rockets. The …

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Leave it to Gregg Popovich to play mind games ahead of the Western Conference finals. So, what will he do to prepare his defense to stop the high-flying Warriors? ”Pray,” Popovich quipped Saturday before the Spurs departed Texas for the Bay Area. Stephen Curry could only chuckle at that one. ”Gamesmanship,” Golden …

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Hearing Steve Kerr’s voice again in a team meeting, talking strategy and a game plan for the Spurs, made Stephen Curry’s Saturday. Seeing the reigning NBA coach of the year on the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks had acting Golden State coach Mike Brown in great …

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving misses the sounds, the sights, the stress of the NBA playoffs. The All-Star point guard isn’t the only one. ”We’re itching to play,” Irving said. The Cavaliers are still waiting. With Washington and Boston headed to a Game 7 on Monday, Cleveland’s break since sweeping Toronto in the second round …

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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was a full participant in Saturday’s practice, and has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday against the Warriors. Pop said Kawhi is going to play tomorrow. He said he fully participated in today’s practice. — Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) May 13, 2017 …

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Mar 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton talks to his team during Houston Rockets timeout in the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to hold onto their pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. What are the odds …

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Apr 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo (9) controls the ball during the first quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo had a few …

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