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San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills on if the Warriors can be defeated

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 20: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Patty Mills
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 20: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Patty Mills /

Patty Mills was asked how the San Antonio Spurs can defeat the Golden State Warriors, and didn’t have much of an answer.

The San Antonio Spurs’ loss to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 Western Conference Finals has been well-documented since June. The Warriors swept the Spurs in four games, and went on to win the NBA championship. It sent the latter home early for a third consecutive postseason.

One member of that Spurs team, Patty Mills, decided to stick around. He re-signed, and will receive four years, $50 million. His role increased when Tony Parker went down with an injury earlier in the playoffs.

Recently Mills was asked how the Warriors could be stopped. According to, he didn’t provide much of an answer to the question, as he knows it’s a difficult task:

“I don’t know mate – if I had the answer to them we probably would have beaten them this past season,” Mills said with a laugh.

This could be the answer for every Spurs player and anyone in the Western Conference that’s after the Warriors. It’s been three consecutive seasons of them in the NBA Finals, with wins in 2015 and 2017. There could be more of that to come, especially with the core of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green still together. That’s along with Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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Will anyone be able to get by the Warriors next season? Along with the Spurs, teams like the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Oklahoma City Thunder all made additions. Are any of them good enough to get to the NBA Finals, though? Everyone should find out in about 10 months.