Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

It further states that Pachulia's actions, "devastated the quality of the Spurs' chances of being competitive and having additional games in their home arena, both in the Western Conference Finals and also potentially in the NBA Finals".

The Warriors now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. "They have so many weapons that the game could swing in a heartbeat, as we experienced".

Popovich suggested that his team had been unable to mentally cope with the loss of Leonard for Game 2. The Warriors would go on to outscore the Spurs by 11 in the fourth quarter to win 113-111.

The Spurs lost Parker for the remainder of the postseason after he ruptured a left quadriceps tendon in Game 2 against Houston in the conference semifinals.

Golden State made all the points upon which you may rely for the remainder of this series. Curry scored the last six points of the quarter as the Warriors led 33-16 after 12 minutes. They won a record breaking 73 games on the season. But the thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing. David West facilitated beautifully for his teammates (5 assists), and seemed to spend most of the second quarter in a contented jog back down the court after dropping a ideal pass to a cutter for an easy basket or knocking down a mid-range jumper of his own.

Reserve Davis Bertans added 13 points for the Spurs. The Warriors turned the basketball over 10 times in the first half, giving the Spurs seven steals off of poor ball handling. There could be more finals trips for the Warriors to come. "I don't think it was one guy who didn't believe, and he infected everybody else or anything like that".




The only player he exempted from this analysis was Jonathan Simmons, who replaced Leonard in the starting lineup and finished with 22 points in 25 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge might as well have sat out with Leonard because he was downright invisible. In Game 2, the difference was painfully obvious.

Stephen Curry continues to splash away. Those direct answers were mostly indictments of his players, sure, but it's doubtful he was using the media to get his point across. He came out on fire in the first quarter and set the tone with 15 points and five three-pointers. All while shooting a blistering 6-of-8 from the field. He's been playing at MVP level these first two games and it's been downright scary.

"You have to believe", Popovich said. What a luxury for the Warriors.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala left the game with left knee soreness. The rookie hasn't been a part of the rotation in the playoffs, but he stepped in and the Warriors didn't skip a beat. McCaw's defense and play in the first half gave Draymond Green a well-needed and extended rest.

LaMarcus Aldridge continues to shrink in the lights. We can't ease into the game. They swept the Utah Jazz in four games. The Spurs need Aldridge to be a max contract guy tonight and he didn't seem like he was a worth a penny of that contract. Those 136 points were the most allowed by a Gregg Popovich-coached team in a playoff game. If Kawhi Leonard plays, the Spurs can find themselves in a tight game and right back in this series. So I start scooting forward.

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