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13 April, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"Hopefully that mojo doesn't come with us into the playoffs".

The Spurs lost the regular season series to Golden State 3-1, and were swept by the Warriors in last year's Western Conference Finals. They'll face the Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio Spurs in the first round, a team so disciplined and well-coached that they can make any series a challenge.

rnLast year the Warriors rolled into the playoffs healthy and on a streak where they won 14 of their last 15 games.

Still, when the Warriors are at their best, the Rockets - or any other team in the National Basketball Association - are no match.

Things haven't gone exactly to plan.

The Warriors have three All-Stars and a former NBA Finals MVP on their roster without Curry in the lineup - there's a ton of talent remaining - but Golden State's end-of-season struggles, highlighted by the team's embarrassing 119-79 loss to the Jazz in the regular-season finale, raises questions.

Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder applies pressure as Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks for a shot during the first half of a National Basketball Association game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 3, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Blazers will face the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs.

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game.

That's huge, because while the Warriors don't have a definitive date for Curry's return, I've maintained that he'll play not when he's ready, but when the Warriors need him.

Who will emerge from the competitive NBA Western Conference as the victor and move on to the NBA Finals? In addition, Stephen Curry will be out at least one round while recovering from a sprained MCL. You could ask for better news if you were Golden State.

He's having a great season this year, but he hasn't been at peak form.

There are no guarantees in this year's postseason for the Warriors.

The Warriors effectively conceded the top seed in the West and home-court advantage to the Rockets last month. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..." The Warriors shelled out cash for Durant, but not as much as one would expect-he accepted a two-year, $51.25 million deal, though he clearly could have garnered a max contract elsewhere.

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