The Warriors lead 3-0 in the best-of-seven series with Game 4, a potential clincher for Golden State, set for Monday in San Antonio. "I think we did a good job of taking that punch and just kept playing".
"One of our keys coming into the series was make life as tough as possible on him because when he gets going his team wins usually". Twelve wins gets them there. The Spurs face an, nearly impossible task, as no team in National Basketball Association playoff history has come back from being down 0-3.
"I think we had the game in which we felt sorry for ourselves and struggled mentally, and now it's over", Ginobili said of the Spurs' 136-100 loss to the Warriors in Game 2.
Stephen Curry had an fantastic six steals and 21 points while surpassing Rick Barry as the Warriors' all-time postseason scorer.
Already without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard and starting point guard Tony Parker, the Spurs lost David Lee to a left knee injury in the opening quarter.
But Golden State put together a spirit-stealing 12-0 run late in the second quarter, with Durant dominating (he had a three, an alley-oop layup, a soaring right-handed dunk past Ginobili and a drive on which he was fouled) and Aldridge disappearing during that stretch. "It's risky, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else", the Spurs coach ranted.
Leonard, who was selected to the All-NBA first team on Friday, has not played since aggravating the injury in the third quarter of Game 1 and has not participated in practice other than light shooting. Popovich told reporters that Leonard is "likely out" Monday with his injured left ankle suffered in the series opener. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich served as an assistant for the Warriors under Don Nelson's staff from 1992-93 through the 1994-95 season.More news: Microsoft to make security fixes available for older Windows systems
Manu Ginobili top-scored for the Spurs with 21 points off the bench, while Pau Gasol (12 points and 10 rebounds) had a double-double.
"Zaza's got a thick skull, so I know when he gets out there he's going to be able to play", Curry said.
"We were a little stagnant there in the third quarter", Durant said.
"So I literally start to go, and I'm going to get in the far left lane to go through where we all go through, and a cop out of nowhere pulls in front of me and goes, 'Hey, you, stop!'" he said.
Curry passed a Warriors legend in that last game. "We were very passive on the boards especially down the stretch and we couldn't see the way, we didn't do that, those are two concerns after the game", Popovich said afterwards.
Leonard's continued absence is a major blow to the Spurs.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting after stressing it was imperative for him to score following Leonard's injury. The type of thing that makes it feel like everything that comes after has swung out from that one moment. Well, unless something insane happens in game 4, it looks like I will be correct - but it didn't look anything at all like I expected it to. "This was just about turning negatives into positives for me, and just appreciating the experience". He also hauled in 6 rebounds.