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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard to miss rest of 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs

San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard to miss rest of 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs

Josh Lewenberg has more on how Toronto's use of their depth players pushed them to a playoff opening win. When was the last time you could honestly say that? New Orleans Pelicans (4); Golden State Warriors (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7). Sadly, the reason they can not compete is because of injuries. Indiana's defensive strength (and Cleveland's defensive weakness) should probably get the Pacers a couple of wins, but the Cavs are definitely favourites here.

In the East, the Toronto Raptors are the No. 1 seed but everybody seems to be in agreement that the Cleveland Cavaliers are still the team to beat. It may not be considering the three have combined for some excellent individual performances in Irving's absence, most notably Tatum's 23-point, 11-rebound stat line in a 100-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The injury-depleted Boston Celtics will likely wait until next season to bid for another title, but this postseason offers ample hope for teams outside of the Bay Area and Cleveland.

PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Philadelphia 76ers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.

At the time of the year where most teams shorten their rotation, Dwane Casey turned to sparingly used third centre Lucas Nogueira early in the fourth quarter of Game 1, making him the 11th different Raptor to see the court. "We're really looking forward for when he gets back for how even more talented we're going to be". Now this team is coming of age.

"We know what it takes this time of year in order to win", Draymond Green said Saturday. But the Rockets are facing a tough opening-round series against Minnesota, which broke a 14-year playoff drought with a dramatic overtime victory on the final day of the regular season.

"If you have that aggressive mindset, good things will happen", Harden told reporters. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds got an bad performance from Bledsoe and still lost in overtime. I was feeling it. I was so impressed with the energy, objective and organization of the Pacers.

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But the Rockets will need a more balanced attack to play for the National Basketball Association title.

Popovich's San Antonio Spurs just didn't have enough answers for Golden State in Game 1 of their Western Conference series, and Spoelstra's Miami Heat offered Philadelphia absolutely no resistance in a second-half meltdown that opened their Eastern Conference series.

Despite all the changes, though, Toronto's primary problem has not gone anywhere: guarding LeBron James.

Sunday's outcome should give Toronto the confidence it needs as a No. 1 seed to leave its troublesome playoff history in the past and take care of business in the first round.

He's already the all-time postseason leader in points, is seven steals from passing Scottie Pippen (395) for the playoff record in that department, is four shots from passing Kobe Bryant (4,499) for another career postseason mark. James kept gaining the lane with his dribble drives and kicking the ball back out to shooters that missed.

During the commissioner's postseason press conference, Silver addressed some of the issues in today's game, particularly tanking. Just look at the ESPN "expert predictions". George knocked down eight shots from three-point range to live up to his self-anointed nickname of "Playoff P". "Obviously, I was hot tonight, but that's the level I am going to bring it to every night". Assuming they get past Minnesota, the Rockets could be derailed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a perplexing squad that has pretty much spent all season trying to figure out how to mesh the huge talents of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.


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