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Golden State Warriors Playoff Schedule: TV Info and Predictions for 2nd Round

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Golden State Warriors Playoff Schedule: TV Info and Predictions for 2nd Round
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The 2013 NBA playoffs have provided us with countless thrills, magnificent late-game heroics and the rise of a new power in the Western Conference: the Golden State Warriors.

Led by Stephen Curry, the league's leader in three-point field goals, the Warriors stunned the Denver Nuggets and upset the NBA's leading scoring offense in six games. As a result of their win, Golden State moves on to play the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals.

The question is, when can you watch these games and how will they transpire?

This marks the Warriors' first Western Conference semifinals appearance since 2007 and their second since 1991. If that's not enough history for you, this is the second postseason appearance the Warriors have made since 1994.

With exception to the Rick Barry era, this is already one of the most successful seasons in franchise history.

Now that they're in the playoffs, however, it's time the Warriors take the next step. Against a deep and, to put it simply, legendary Spurs team, the battle will be unlike anything this team has encountered thus far.

So how and when will it transpire?

 

Game 1: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

Time: Monday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Prediction: Spurs 107, Warriors 96 (1-0, Spurs)

 

The Golden State Warriors enter this game with mountains of momentum having defeated the Denver Nuggets. That includes a win over the Nuggets in Denver, where George Karl's crew was 38-3 during the regular season.

Just don't think it gets anything close to easier at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs were 35-6 at home during the 2012-13 NBA regular season but did lose their season-ending home game on Apr. 17. They've responded by sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers and affirming their status as one of the Western Conference's elite.

The Warriors are a young team, and on this grand stage, they can be expected to come up short in Game 1.

 

Game 2: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

Time: Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Prediction: Spurs 101, Warriors 100 (2-0, Spurs)

 

After the San Antonio Spurs took the first game in rather convincing fashion, the Golden State Warriors will put up a much better fight in Game 2. They'll come out firing offensively and even own a slight edge at halftime.

During the second half, however, Tim Duncan will exploit his advantage down low.

Andrew Bogut is a high-quality defender, but Duncan is a legend with 15 years of postseason experience and four championship rings. He'll put his still-elite abilities on full display, scoring and defending at world-class levels.

With Tony Parker leading a fourth-quarter comeback and Manu Ginobili having the ball in his hands late, the Spurs will escape with Game 2.

 

Game 3: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

Time: Friday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN & Watch ESPN

Prediction: Warriors 96, Spurs 90 (2-1, Spurs)

 

If we're speaking on home-court advantages, the Golden State Warriors have made Oracle Arena into a disaster zone for road teams. The San Antonio Spurs, who went 28-13 on the road, should have no trouble competing.

Just don't expect Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bogut to let this game slip away.

Curry will counter Tony Parker at every turn, continuing his rise to superstardom with a 30-plus point performance. With Jack countering Manu Ginobili and Bogut picking up a double-double, the Warriors will please their home crowd with a victory.

One that will reshape this series.

 

Game 4: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

Time: Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

Prediction: Warriors 92, Spurs 88 (2-2, tied)

 

With the Golden State Warriors' backs against the wall, they will come out firing. Stephen Curry will be aggressive and Carl Landry will put on his best performance of the postseason.

A fired-up Oracle Arena will be too much for the poised veterans to handle.

Curry's rise to superstardom hasn't been overstated, as he's been as good as the praise suggests. From deep three-pointers to pinpoint dimes, Curry will guide the Warriors to a tight, defensive-minded game.

It will be Carl Landry's 20-plus point performance that proves to be the separating factor here.

 

Game 5: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

Time: Tuesday, May 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Prediction: Spurs 106, Warriors 101 (3-2, Spurs)

 

The Spurs enter this game with the opportunity to go up 3-1. After years of experience as a successful road team, expect San Antonio to silence the home crowd as they counter Golden State's shooting with a barrage of their own threes.

With limitless depth, it'll be a matter of working the ball around and finding the open man—something the Warriors will be unable to stop.

Stephen Curry will put on his usual heroics and Harrison Barnes will step up with a huge performance, but the Spurs' experience will shine through. Tony Parker will pace this win, but it will be Matt Bonner who puts on a surprise double-digit scoring outburst.

This one will come down to the wire, but San Antonio will make the key free throws to pick up the win.

 

Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

Time: Thursday, May 16 at Time TBD

TV: ESPN & Watch ESPN

Prediction: Spurs 101, Warriors 92 (4-2, Spurs win)

 

The Golden State Warriors are a young team with unlimited potential. They have a superstar in Stephen Curry, significant amounts of depth, an All-Star power forward in David Lee and rising stars in Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.

When it comes right down to it, however, the Spurs are simply too experienced to let this game slip away.

The Oracle Arena will be wild, as the Warriors will hope to force a Game 7. With Kawhi Leonard breaking out, however, the Spurs will lead a balanced attack and close this series out.

The crowd will give the Warriors the warm reception they deserve after what was nothing short of a magnificent season.

 

Game 7: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

Time: Sunday, May 19 at Time TBD

TV: TBD

Prediction: N/A

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