Spurs to open playoffs at Warriors after loss in regular season finale

Kevin Durant is going to get paid by the Warriors

The full National Basketball Association playoffs schedule for the first round has yet to be released.

With Stephen Curry out until at least the second round, with Patrick McCaw out and others banged up, and with some sloppy defense down the stretch (and some disinterested play), the Warriors look like they could be beaten.

"I was talking with several coaches and execs from teams in the West morass from three to eight, nine", ...

Curry's impending return won't change these differences back to normalcies - still expected to have an adaptation period. Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players.

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Additionally, for the first time since the Warriors juggernaut formed, they enter the playoffs with questions about "flipping the switch".

The NBA playoffs begin this Saturday with the Golden State Warriors tied with the Houston Rockets with the best odds to win the title.

After slogging through the 2017-18 season, can they round into form on a moment's notice and become the fast-paced, swarming, and lethal team we've known them to be? The Warriors' combination of talent, experience, and coaching won't allow them to play in the playoffs the way they have over the previous month. He's also turned himself into one of the league's peskiest defenders. He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association.

But just as important as the Warriors landing a (presumably) Kawhi Leonard-free San Antonio in the first round was the fact that the Jazz and Thunder both found themselves on the other side of the bracket from Golden State on Wednesday.

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