On Monday night, fans will watch the Warriors vs. Spurs Game 4 live streaming online or via television as Golden State tries for another playoff sweep. The Warriors currently hold a 3-0 lead over the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference Finals, as San Antonio has been playing without their All-Star Kawhi Leonard or veteran guard Tony Parker. While Parker is done for the postseason, there has been some lingering hope that Leonard will make a triumphant return to the court. However, those hopes may have been dashed. Will the Spurs be able to stave off elimination with a victory at the AT&T Center on Monday, or will Golden State punch their ticket to the 2017 NBA Finals?
While some San Antonio Spurs fans may have been hoping for Leonard’s return in tonight’s possible elimination game, it appears the home team will be without the NBA MVP candidate again. As reported by ESPN, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told the media that “it wouldn’t make much sense” for his star player to take the court in tonight’s Game 4. Leonard is officially listed as “doubtful” for the lineup, and rumors are that the San Antonio culture will always favor a player’s health over single games. That may indicate the end of the road for a proud Spurs franchise that was once considered the Warriors’ main competition in the Western Conference this postseason.
However, a recent shocking comeback win in the Eastern Conference Finals by a Boston Celtics team lacking their top star may give these Spurs some hope for a similar win. On Sunday night, Boston gave the Cleveland Cavs their first loss of the 2017 NBA Playoffs and did so without All-Star Isaiah Thomas. The Spurs were able to defeat a Houston Rockets team in Game 6 of their previous series without Kawhi Leonard playing. However, the Rockets and Warriors are two teams on completely different levels.
After overcoming a huge Spurs lead to win Game 1 by two points, the Warriors were able to defeat San Antonio by a whopping 36 points in Game 2. They followed that up with a 120-108 victory in San Antonio for Game 3. The Spurs actually came out ahead by four points after the first quarter but couldn’t hang with the Warriors’ stars.
Kevin Durant finished with 33 points in the win on 11-for-19 shooting. For San Antonio, Ginobili led all players with 21 points off the bench, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. One has to think Aldridge will need to really step up along with some other unsung heroes if this Spurs team has any chance to prevent elimination tonight.
Earlier on Monday, the Vegas Insider website indicated that the Golden State Warriors will be favored to win by 11.5-points on the game’s point spread. For moneyline bettors, the Warriors are huge -1,000 favorites, while the Spurs are +650 underdogs to win this game. The over/under points total was set at 218 points as of this report.
It was also mentioned that Spurs’ veteran Manu Ginobili said his team needs to play “at least a 10 out of 10” while the Warriors “can play no better than a 7” for San Antonio to actually win. So unless Golden State comes out completely flat and the Spurs have some unexpected heroes stepping up, fans will probably witness the Warriors making their third-straight NBA Finals appearance after tonight.
Viewers can watch it all unfold live as it happens. Monday night’s Warriors vs. Spurs Game 4 begins at approximately 9 p.m. Eastern Time from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The 2017 NBA Playoffs game will be televised live around the United States on the main ESPN channel. Cable and satellite subscribers who have ESPN as part of their TV provider package can log into the WatchESPN network or mobile apps to see a live streaming feed of tonight’s game.
There’s also a free way to watch tonight’s Warriors vs. Spurs game live streaming online. The SlingTV channel streaming service offers a free one-week trial for all new customers who sign up. ESPN is part of the service’s most basic channel lineup, Sling Orange, which will cost $20 per month after the week-long free trial ends. Full details about the service and free trial are available at the Sling.com website.
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