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Kristopher Love | 15 April, 2018, 01:15

The roller coaster ride continued until the final buzzer of the regular season.

Leonard was limited to just nine games during the regular season because of a lingering quad injury that's seemingly causing friction with the Spurs.

In the end, San Antonio clinched a playoff spot in its next-to-last game. Andre Iguodala, David West, Nick Young, and Shaun Livingston haven't been playing well for the past two months (none of the team really was at the end of the regular season, to be fair).

USA sportsbook players have some serious predictions to make in the coming weeks as the National Basketball Association playoffs are officially upon us. "Every year is a new year and we're locked in".

First, we've (potentially) 105 games left in this year's playoffs and it's far from certain the finals will be a repeat of the last three finals. This has been a long, grueling, and drawn-out season from the perspectives of both the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, as both teams were marred by injury and unforeseen circumstances. Things haven't been the same for Leonard and the Silver and Black since then.

The team has seemed uninterested and lackadaisical most nights but that still didn’t keep them from earning the 2 seed in the Western Conference and winning 58 games. But he doesn't have a lot of shooting around him to space the floor, so he might hit a cutter on the pass, but the Spurs come away with two.

The Warriors won't be at full strength though, as their star player in Steph Curry will still be out of action as he is still recovering from his grade two MCL sprain which he suffered back in March.

The Wizards were poor down the stretch, losing 14 of their last 21 games but do welcome back John Wall and he'll need to be at his All-Star best to take down the number one seeds. It's why Steve Kerr chose to surprise everyone and go with Andre Iguodala as the starting point guard, which meant Golden State began the game with a lineup that had logged exactly zero minutes together all season long - Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Durant, Draymond Green and McGee.

And with Curry out, there's no guarantee they can rely exclusively on outscoring teams.

All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has carried the Silver and Black on both ends of the court this season, had a tough time against the Warriors after Leonard went down a year ago.

The Golden State Warriors were the better team overall in the season series, but that season series might not say all that much about the upcoming series.

Klay Thompson finished with 27 points and hit 5-of-6 from three, Durant had 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, Draymond Green finished with 12 points and 11 assists, and McGee ended the game with 15 points. Aldridge was blunt Friday when he was asked to reflect on the turnaround. "We're that close. He's my mentor and he's somebody I feel incredibly strongly about in terms of who he is and what he did for me in my life, and what he's doing for my son right now". "It's a new year". He's played both forward positions for San Antonio and when healthy, he's put up solid numbers. "Last year is last year". I didn't worry about what happened past year.

"Our defense has to get better", Kerr said on The Jump.