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Warriors to face Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs

Old friends Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich will go head to head once more.

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The dust has finally started to settle in the Western Conference standings. And because of it, the Golden State Warriors finally know who they’ll face in the playoffs: The San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, which, combined with an Oklahoma City Thunder win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and a Minnesota Timberwolves victory over the Denver Nuggets, meant that San Antonio slid to the seventh seed in the West.

And that means a first round date with the Warriors.

While the Spurs have one of the greatest coaches ever in Gregg Popovich, and an All-NBA caliber player in LaMarcus Aldridge, they represent an easier matchup than the Timberwolves would have been.

Still, the Spurs won’t be a cakewalk. Popovich is at his best in the postseason, and San Antonio often gives the Warriors fits.

This also represents the sixth straight year that the Dubs have made the playoffs, and they know will have faced the Spurs in half of those years. You could call it a rivalry, but given that Popovich and Steve Kerr are best friends, that doesn’t seem quite right.

Get ready, folks. The playoffs begin in a few days, and now that the Warriors have an opponent, it’s starting to feel real.

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