NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs Game 1
Game 1: Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs Mon. May 6, 2013 9:30 p.m ET
The Golden State Warriors were able to pull off the biggest upset of the 2013 NBA playoffs thus far by taking down the third seeded Denver Nuggets in six games. Stephen Curry and company were considered to be a force to be reckoned with in the first round of the postseason, but not ready to take down an experienced Nuggets squad led by Ty Lawson and coached by George Karl.
Although the Nuggets were favored in Las Vegas odds to come out on top against the Warriors, Golden State came out on top in six games surprising everyone in the process. Curry was absolutely on fire in the first round series against the Nuggets lighting up the scoreboards on a nightly basis while ultimately leading the Warriors to victory in six games.
Ironically enough, the Warriors were thought to have taken a massive blow to their chances of advancing to the second round after losing All-Star David Lee to a torn hip flexor. Lee immediately left Game 1 with the injury and Golden State fell to the Nuggets in the Mile High City shortly after.
Although Lee finally returned in Game 6, the Warriors didn’t really need him in order to advance to battle it out with the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio will pose a much different threat to Golden State with the Spurs playing a different brand of basketball. The Spurs are much more experienced and tend to slow the game down rather than speed it up.
Tim Duncan and company made easy work of the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers in the first round and appear to be firing on all cylinders heading into the second round.
As of right now, the Spurs have the advantage heading into Game 1 with the -8 1/2 point spread. This spread is too high in my opinion, even though San Antonio will likely come out on top.