The Warriors are also the defending champions this season and they bested the Pels in their regular season series 3 - 1.
No one knows what's next for the Spurs.
"Yeah, they pose a threat", Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said.
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Warriors are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line.
Overall, the San Antonio Spurs played a very good game and looked extremely solid throughout the entire match. Convincing the team's former chairman and CEO, Peter Holt, and his wife, Julianna Hawn Holt, could prove to be a hard sell for general manager R.C. Buford.
The Spurs' chance for survival looked pretty strong in the first half as LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points.
Neither team shot well in that opening quarter. They had dished just 19 assists in their 103-90 Game 4 loss to the Spurs.
A dark cloud hung over the AT&T Center for Game 3 after the tragic passing of Erin Popovich. Assistant coach Ettore Messina handled the coaching duties in Popovich's absence. With injured Curry almost back in the mix, a title repeat is well within reach. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 34 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
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While the Warriors would have liked to complete the sweep, nobody on the roster seemed very anxious following the Game 4 loss.
"P.S. Steph Curry isn't getting extra time to rest unless the Round 1 series goes 7 games (and it won't)". So when Ginobili picked the ideal time to play like his younger self, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 103-90 win, you didn't need a live shot of Pop at home on the couch to know that he was smiling.
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J.J. Redick scored 27 points and Joel Embiid weighed in with 19 as the Sixers set up a second round meeting against either Boston or Milwaukee. However, they still managed to carry a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime due to their excellent defensive performance.
But the Warriors' series-clinching win over the Spurs didn't come easy. As advantageous a matchup as the Spurs were for Golden State, the Pelicans are just as potentially complicated.
"It's not surprising", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team lost its first playoff game against a Western Conference opponent since Game 4 of the 2016 Conference Finals.
The Warriors are heavy favorites to close out the series Tuesday night.
Different would certainly be good from the New Orleans perspective - going back to 2013, including the playoffs, the Warriors have beaten the Pelicans in 24 of 26 games.
But on the other hand, the Pelicans aren't playing the Portland Trail Blazers anymore.