Before Game 1 vs Warriors, Popovich blasts Trump: 'It's embarrassing'

"It's interesting you would ask that", Popovich said before the Spurs playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.

"He's going to play", said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Popovich is being his typically dry, humorous self, but there's some truth in what he's saying. The Warriors may have to play more of an inside-out game than usual to free up the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. "Usually things happen in the world, and you go to work, you know, and you've got your family and you've got your friends and you do what you do, but to this day I feel like there's a cloud, a pall over the whole country - in a paranoid, surreal sort of way".

But who could argue that the Warriors, who have yet to lose in the postseason, shouldn't be heavy favorites when the series begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Oakland, Calif.? Anything can happen in a playoff series. Only spurs shooting guard Danny Green and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge have started all 12 games this playoffs. They finished the regular season with the league's best record of 67-15 and are looking for their second National Basketball Association title in three years, winning the trophy in 2015 but losing in the finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

"We are playing one of the best teams like almost ever, last year (73) wins, made it to the Finals, this year (67) whatever", Ginobili said.

The question is not if San Antonio can win the series. According to ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright, he will likely return for the Golden State opener.

Leonard - averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the playoffs - suffered the injury when he landed on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run in the third quarter of game five.

But after an unimpressive first-round showing, and an up-and-down second-round series, the Spurs looked impressive on the road in the opening half against the best team in the world. A Rocket win tonight takes the two to an "all or nothing, victor take all" seventh game Sunday back in San Antonio.

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