Most of the focus since Game 6 came to a shocking conclusion in Houston has been on the Rockets absolutely failing to show up in the team's biggest game of the season.
There also will be at least one key question, that being the status of Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who sustained a sprained right ankle in Game 5 and did not play in Game 6.
Popovich said that his team's superstar was "absolutely" a full participant in Saturday's practice. The Spurs will tip off the best-of-seven series on Sunday afternoon in Oakland against a Golden State Warriors juggernaut that is undefeated in the postseason.
While he still keeps in touch with Curry and others, Lee is downplaying any potential nostalgia from his time with Golden State.
Popovich was asked during his interview session what he thought of the job Brown was doing coaching the Warriors in ailing Steve Kerr's stead.
Harden said the Rockets did not take the Spurs lightly even though San Antonio were without Leonard due to an ankle injury.
Despite the disappointing finish, the 2016-17 season should still be considered a success for Harden. He did not score in the fourth quarter and stayed on the bench for the rest of the game after he was pulled.
Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at Oracle Arena, with Game 2 set for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. "It is tough, especially the way we lost at home". In doing so, the Spurs reminded everyone of how unsafe they can be - with seemingly any combination of players in the starting lineup - and also set up the matchup that we have been waiting for in the Western Conference for three years against the Golden State Warriors. In two days the Spurs will be hosted by the Warriors in the first game of the series.
With both teams shorthanded, the Silver and Black won the second meeting 107-85 on March 11 at the AT&T Center. With Leonard side-lined, the bulk of the scoring load fell on LaMarcus Aldridge, who was presented with mismatches all night.
The odds are the same in the Western Conference finals, with Golden State a minus-1,600 favorite over San Antonio (plus-900).
Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn't make shots from long-range going 13 of 40. Curry and Thompson each nailed four 3-pointers.
During the 2016-2017 regular season, Leonard appeared in 74 of the Spurs' 82 games en route to averaging 33.4 minutes per contest.
Aldridge posted an impressive double-double with 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way, as all five San Antonio starters scored in double figures in the close out game. Green sank 4 of 8 shots from beyond the arc.