The Golden State Warriors will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead after crushing the Spurs by 136-100 in Game 2 on Tuesday.
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Still, this much is certain: A healthy Leonard would significantly buoy the Spurs' chances of digging out of their 2-0 series hole.
Being the Golden State Warriors interim coach doesn't get you any preferential treatment in the Bay Area as Mike Brown found out just before the start of Game 2 on Tuesday.
The Warriors are now 10-0 in the playoffs. Unlike Game 1, the Spurs showed no fight against the Warriors in this game and suffered one of their largest playoff blowouts in recent memory. In fact, the best player for the Spurs was actually Jonathan Simmons who scored 22 points on eight of 17 shooting. "So that was huge", Curry said of the Warriors, who had 39 assists on their 50 field goals, and shot 56.2 percent from the field.
Theyre going to play as hard as they can until its over.
Neither Draymond Green nor Stephen Curry seemed too anxious on Thursday about their center's mindset heading into hostile territory Saturday night. At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court.
Pachulia left the game injured for a Warriors team already without key reserve forward Andre Iguodala, held out because of soreness in his left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1. "If he's got it going, give him the ball".More news: Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators regain West finals lead, stay unbeaten at home
Kevin Durant added 16 points for Golden State and Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich harshly criticized Pachulia, citing his history of questionable plays.
Tonight, its not what I expected. "I'm disappointed", Popovich said. "I'm not trying to forecast what I think Boston nor Cleveland should be thinking about".
"In Game 3, I expect to see a different team", said Popovich, with hopes of Leonard being available for the next two games in Texas Saturday and Monday. And you have to believe. "I mean, our basketball life, not, you know".
Unfortunately for San Antonio, it's still not clear if Leonard will be able to lace them up for Game 3 on Saturday night. That was the third time in two games for that injured ankle and that injury took him out for the remainder the game.
"It's tough, but it's a long series", guard Patty Mills said. Were just going to keep pounding on that. "There's nothing else to do".
Popovich suggested his team had been unable to mentally cope with the loss of Leonard for Game 2. Practices over the next two days will nearly certainly dictate whether that happens.
Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure to fix a spinal-fluid leak.