Wednesday, 27 March, 2019

Warriors rout Spurs 136-100, take 2-0 series lead

San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon center dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday Warriors rout Spurs 136-100, take 2-0 series lead
Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 06:42

Now with Leonard ailing and San Antonio facing mighty Golden State in the Western Conference finals, the Spurs need Aldridge to take control.

Curry's line: 29 points (8-of-12 shooting from the field, 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, 7-of-7 from the line), seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

They led by 28 points - 72-44 - by halftime and accelerated still further in the third quarter to lead 106-75.

"That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch", Durant said. We saw how the San Antonio's fate turned upside down in the third quarter, and a full matchup of that kind of unimaginative effort will quickly turn the second game into a blow-out. I don't think they started with a belief, and it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunts, all that sort of thing.

"I stopped, I did what they asked me to and I let them take care of San Antonio", Brown said.

From that moment-the Spurs led by 23 points at the time of Leonard's departure on Sunday-the Warriors have outscored the Spurs 194-133.

"It looked pretty collective to me".

"The only way I can process this is that I think it's not O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that", he said. "I'm like, I've got five cops around me, so I just stopped", Brown said. "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free". So, call it like it is. "So LaMarcus was a huge opportunity for us to try to convince him to come". "That's how we feel". The Warriors clamped down on Aldridge in Game 2, and without any kind of dynamism on the wing or added ball handling with Leonard gone, it's easy for one of the best defensive teams in the National Basketball Association in Golden State to gameplan for their opponent.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich argued that Pachulia's play was "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike".

Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative.

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With Kawhi Leonard recovering in his home, it's highly likely the Golden State clinch the Game 2 to night.

San Antonio's depleted offense was led by Jonathon Simmons with 22 points.

The bench contributed a season-best 63 points. Leonard's defense was top notch, his offense efficient, and the Spurs' size, length and depth gave the Warriors fits. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets.

The only positive for Spurs fans is that Pop is more optimistic for Game 3. Unless Leonard is back for Game 3, the competitive part of this series ended when Leonard left Game 1.

"I have no idea".

"Somebody's got to teach him if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move, you move over, " Popovich said. F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. "I think we maybe felt it too much - Kawhi being gone", Popovich said. "That's what I know".

You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you end up killing somebody. Klay Thompson still didn't have a breakout game - scoring only 11 after mustering only six points in Game 1 - but he did plant a pair of 3s. Patty Mills, playing in place of the injured Tony Parker, had another quiet night.

All the games for the NBA Finals 2017 will be aired on ABC Network.

Kerr is recovering from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak and Mike Brown has been coaching during his absence, but the reigning NBA Coach of the Year has been attending practices again and addressing the team in the locker room while watching games behind the scenes.

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