SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs lost at New Orleans in Wednesday's regular season finale and will now open the 2018 NBA playoffs on the road against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs lost the regular season series to Golden State 3-1, and were swept by the Warriors in last year's Western Conference Finals.
That series was marred by Kawhi Leonard's ankle injury in Game 1 and nearly a year later, the Spurs have not been the same.
Leonard missed 73 games this season due to a quadriceps injury that has put his future with the franchise in doubt.
Without Leonard, the Spurs, led by LaMarcus Aldridge's all-star play, went 47-35 during the regular season and qualified for the NBA playoffs for the 21st consecutive season.
But it was a struggle to get there and because of their road woes this season and a stretch where they struggled to close out teams in the fourth quarter, the Spurs fell to the seventh seed in the conference.
They will face a Warriors team that has been to three straight NBA Finals and won two championships.
Golden State may be without Stephen Curry for this series, but still have three all-star starters and an improved bench. The Warriors limped to the end of the regular season, but have known their seeding for weeks.
Games 1 and 2 will be played at Oracle Arena in Oakland before the series shifts to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4. (Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at the AT&T Center are now on sale.)
The full NBA playoffs schedule for the first round has yet to be released. Check back here for updates.