The Spurs are reeling after squandering a 25-point lead to lose the best-of-seven Western Conference final opener 113-111, top scorer Leonard going out in the process, and then being routed 136-100 by the Warriors in game two Tuesday.
Curry scored 29 points as the Warriors defeated the Spurs 136-100. The Warriors should expect a rowdy San Antonio crowd that will be hoping the Warriors lose for this first time this postseason. And for the team they're playing, they're up 2-0 in the series. Golden State: Portland (+1) 67-54 first half Game 3 Memphis vs. San Antonio: Memphis (+1) 50-46 first half Game 3 Oklahoma City vs. Houston: Oklahoma City (-2.5) 65-58 first half Game 3 Washington vs. Boston: Washington (-4.5) 63-40 first half Game 3 Toronto vs. Cleveland: Toronto (-1) 52-49 first half Game 3 Utah vs.
"The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 1.
At the end of the first quarter they were up by 17 points and by halftime held a commanding 72-44 lead.
"You always try to build momentum and sustain it, for sure", Curry told reporters.
"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.
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 was down to 20 after a Dwayne Dedmon dunk, but that was as close as San Antonio would get the rest of the game.
Tonight, its not what I expected. Zaza Pachulia's contest of Leonard's shot has been debated for days, but without Leonard it was at least clear that San Antonio is in for a rough series against the Finals favorites.More news: NHS cyber attack: A&Es 'fully open' again
"And you have to believe". They have yet to lose a game this postseason.
"It showed in the lack of edge, intensity ..."
Popovich meanwhile was critical of Aldridge for failing to assume the offensive responsibilities in the absence of Leonard.
"He's got to score for us. No doubt about it", Popovich remarked, declining to explain Aldridge's poor performance. "He doesn't deserve that".
Curry meanwhile had nothing but praise for Warriors youngster McCaw, who filled in for the injured Andre Iguodala with 18 points.
"He was unbelievable", Curry said. The wounded Spurs were without their star forward and starting point guard, so you figured a road clunker could be in the offing. "And he'll probably get a lot more minutes down the stretch of this series, and he hopefully can continue to do the same".
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan attended practice at their facility Thursday morning and was seen talking with several of the Silver and Black's key players.
"I'm like, 'This is great, I didn't have to stop for any of these red lights, '" Brown said. He is questionable for Game 3.