“Somebody’s got to teach him if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move, you move over, ” Popovich said. Plus, other parties are losing far more money as a result of Leonard’s injury, like TNT and ESPN who now have to broadcast a totally boring Western Conference Finals that may last only four games. Since then, the Spurs have been outscored 194-133 by the Warriors, who hold a 2-0 series lead.
Think back to the very first game of this National Basketball Association postseason: A one-point nail-biter of a win for Cleveland over IN, that outcome not getting decided until the final second.
San Antonio would manage to trim just a single point off that deficit through the remainder of the quarter and would go into halftime trailing 72-44. “He can’t be timid. He can’t do it”.
“But we’ve got to be ready Game 3”.
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Brown said nullifying the streak shooting of the always moving Australian was one of the keys to the series.
All evening San Antonio struggled to get into offensive sets and seemed confused as to where the offense would be generated. Leonard will be on the sidelines Tuesday, while the Warriors try to stay undefeated in the postseason and take a 2-0 lead in the series when they host Game 2. “Seeing 10-point games doesn’t surprise me, but seeing the 20-point, 30-point games, that does”. “Next game, I won’t do that”. At the end of one quarter, the Warriors led 33-16.
The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors Game 2 kicks off at 9:00 p.m. Before this game, the Warriors had six days of rest. But they simply unraveled without him.
Making history must be on the Warriors’ minds, right?
We knew this game was over in the first quarter.
Calling that an upset is a real stretch, since both teams finished the regular season 51-31. However, I believe I (and a sack of potatoes) can hit these next two series right, so let’s put that to the test.
It was the wrong approach, Aldridge acknowledged afterward. “It’s going to be a dog fight”, Brown said. Only two of the four teams that previously achieved the feat went on to win the title. Kevin Durant added 16 points. By that time, the Spurs were behind by 24.
Ten-and-oh in the playoffs appears to mean a grand total of nothing to these Warriors, tying San Antonio 2012 and Cleveland 2016 for the second-best start to a postseason is worth something along the lines of a shoulder shrug, and the chance to tie the all-time mark of 11-0 on Sunday seeming like oh, by the way. Part of that is because the game was out of hand for the entire final three quarters, but that’s the vicious cycle you play with the Warriors.
“But offensively, I think it’s a combination of them playing good defense and also us not finding our chemistry, not finding our rhythm, and not knowing where to be with two of our main playmakers not there”.
“It was huge. We need Kawhi to create and to score”, said Manu Ginobili, who had 17 points off the bench for the Spurs. If anything, he was too aggressive gambling for poke-aways and steals, letting a few Spurs blow past him when he overcommitted on defense.
Curry made a 13-foot floater with less than 10 seconds before Aldridge missed a 3-point shot attempt that sealed the victory.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs needed to come out with guns blazing after the heartbreaking loss in Game 1, but they came out flat and absolutely paid for it as they found themselves down by double digits in a blink of an eye. “Game 3’s going to be tough for us”.
“Any competitive guy wants to come back and be better”, Aldridge said.