Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs 4/22/18, Prediction & Odds

Steph Curry will continue his rehab while in San Antonio

Sunday seemed ripe to mark the end of their 2017-18 campaign.

National Basketball Association star Steph Curry is inching closer towards a return to the court for the Golden State Warriors.

Now, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, Messina will again be San Antonio's head coach for the team's Game 4 outing against Golden State on Sunday. They are a proud franchise, and they were definitely not going to just roll over and concede a series sweep.

It was an impressive win for the Spurs, especially considering how hard the week has been for the team.

The club plans to re-evaluate Curry next Friday, but by then the Warriors might already be into the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Defending champions Warriors are now leading 3-0 against the San Antonio Spurs in the first round playoffs.

In their last five games, Golden State is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push. Their 15 made 3-pointers fell one shy of their postseason mark of 16 set in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals against Miami. There aren't going to be many games where a team has as many rebounds as the Warriors and lose. "Tonight was their night from 3". Even though the Warriors should close out the series in Oakland in Game 5, Sunday's lackadaisical performance demonstrates that the demons of the regular season have not been completely exorcised. In Game 4 it was a different story with the Spurs coming out strong and the leader of that charge was Manu Ginobili.

Manu Ginobili also came off the bench and dropped 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range in 25 productive minutes.

"I want to be careful here with my answer", said Kerr, who considers his four seasons (1998-2001, 2002-03) as a reserve guard with the Spurs integral to his professional development.

"Regression to the mean", explained Ginobili. The Warriors are the far more talented team, but they don't have near the motivation of the Spurs.

"You [media] ever seen a box score like this?"

"I think everybody really helped to get our win", Messina said.

So was the Spurs' counterpunch a necessary reality check for this Golden State team? At the start of the playoffs, many people considered the Warriors to have a very challenging first-round matchup.

Things changed Saturday. Dejounte Murray hit three 3-pointers in the first half after not taking that many in a game all year.

Aldridge finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who improved to 83-31 in home playoff games since 2002.

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