The last time these teams met in the playoffs was in 2013, clearly before the dominating Warriors we know of today. "This team has worked hard all year and we've grinded and tried to get better, so I'm happy to finally win (the series)".
Now, the Golden State Warriors are playing in the Western Conference Finals against Coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. Kawhi Leonard did not play due to a lingering ankle injury.
Boasting an 8-0 record in the postseason, and the most talented roster in the league, Brown was understandably feeling pretty loose Friday when facing the media.
During the regular season, the Spurs had the best defense in the National Basketball Association and the Warriors had the top offense.
Leonard, San Antonio's leading scorer, injured his ankle when he inadvertently stepped on Rockets guard James Harden's left foot while chasing a loose ball with 5:37 left in the third quarter of Game 5. The concussion theory has become a popular internet talking point with Harden zombie walking his way through Game 6.
The Warriors failed to cover as 15½-point home favorites over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round series and also didn't cover as 13-point home chalk over the Jazz in Game 1 of their semifinal series.
San Antonio rookie point guard DeJounte Murray gave them 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists off the bench (good for a plus-33 mark). The Warriors are now 22-0 in the regular season and postseason combined when Green has a triple-double.
San Antonio beat the Grizzlies and Rockets in the first two rounds - both in six games. On defense, Durant, Iguodala and Green's ability to switch means the Warriors don't lose a step on that end of the floor either. "I expect them to come away with one win, and it wouldn't surprise me if they get swept".
One key in this series is going to be whether or not LaMarcus Aldridge is aggressive offensively and scores. The Spurs, who used the streak to build an 18-point edge, shot 5-of-6 during that span.
FILE - In this December 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye as Kyrie Irving, left rear, defends during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. His "off" shooting night combined with some careless turnovers helped pave the way for the Spurs to close out the series. "They played well and we didn't".
San Antonio and Golden State have somehow avoided each other in the playoffs for the past few seasons. He will likely draw the main assignment of guarding Durant, looking to slow down the Warriors forward from taking over will be the start of any chance the Spurs have at an upset.
Even with Leonard, the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Popovich said stopping the Warriors' offense is going to be tough.