On this weekend’s “NBA This Week” show, John Dickinson and myself were joined by ESPN.com NBA and Warriors writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss. With the biggest game of the season on Monday — San Antonio vs. Golden State at Oracle Arena — it’s time to look inside the game a little bit.
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After all, there has never been a game with teams this good (Warriors 40-4; Spurs 38-6) playing this late in an NBA season.
Topics of the interview include how the San Antonio Spurs might utilize their best defensive player: Kawhi Leonard. It would seem that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich could use Leonard to defend Stephen Curry, Draymond Green or even, most conventionally, Klay Thompson. It’s likely that Leonard takes a shot at all of those three at some point in the next four regular-seaosn games.
Discussion also centers on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who was almost traded to the Warriors before last season. Strauss, Steinmetz and Dickinson wonder how so many could have been so wrong about Love’s ability and talent and what might have happened had Golden State acquired him.
Also crammed into the two-hour program is plenty of talk about how the Warriors turned things around after a disappointing loss at Detroit. Dickens was on the Warriors’ recent three-game road trip and saw a tangible difference in the Warriors once they got to Cleveland and Chicago.
Speaking of Cleveland, there’s plenty of talk about the firing of David Blatt, which the Cavaliers seem to be getting universally criticized for. Why? Nobody knows what really went on there.
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