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NBA Playoffs: End of the Road?

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The short-handed Spurs will try to stay alive against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

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Warriors at Spurs
8:00 pm CDT
ESPN

Last night, fans of competitive basketball got an unexpected bonus when the Boston Celtics won on the road in Cleveland to get on the board in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cavaliers. It was an entertaining comeback, ending ultimately on a three-pointer by Avery Bradley, and the Celtics did it without scoring machine Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs.

Tonight, the Spurs will try to stay alive against the Warriors after dropping the first three games of the series. This has been particularly disappointing, because it was shaping up to potentially be an outstanding series until Kawhi Leonard was lost to injury in the third quarter of game one. Since then, the Spurs have looked pretty helpless against the array of weapons the Warriors bring to the fore.

Things have gotten even worse for the Spurs, who will likely be without David Lee as well as Leonard tonight after Lee was injured himself in game three. And of course Tony Parker’s absence continues after his first round injury. In other words, the Spurs are hurting, and the Warriors are taking advantage. Without Leonard, Kevin Durant has no foil, and he blitzed the Spurs in game three.

The Spurs simply cannot score enough without Leonard to keep up with a Warriors team with this much talent. It was going to be brutally tough even with Leonard, but now it appears as if things are coming to an end in the Western Conference.

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