Warriors, Spurs will try to use break to rest and heal again

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

And determine whether injured superstar Kawhi Leonard might be healthy enough to return from an ankle injury, too.

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

"The belief still within the group is that no matter who is on the floor or not, we've got a great opportunity and we believe we can go and get this done".

Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Warriors trounced on the short-handed Spurs, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Golden State trailed 78-55 four minutes into the third quarter.

That move skipped off the rim like the majority of San Antonio's shots in this loss, with Popovich calling San Antonio's failure "pretty collective". Pachulia denied any intent to injure Leonard after the game and his teammates came to his defense. The Warriors pounced like sharks on chum, immediately going on an 18-0 run to cut their 23-point deficit to five points.

Popovich said: "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game Three and see who we are. Game 3's going to be tough for us". The Warriors, who struggled to score in the first half, shot 58 percent after Leonard left. They are undefeated so far, healthy and (unlike Boston) rested, LeBron James is the Eastern Conference MVP and either Kevin Love or Kyrie Erving would easily be the second best player on the Celtics behind Thomas. Kawhi Leonard is expected to play and a raucous crowd will loudly unleash its ire at the opposition even before tipoff. Leonard has won that award the last two seasons. No one's in a slump, no one's chirpin' at any one else, and Draymond Green seems to be taking (enough of) his meds, so there's not much that can stop GS right now except something internal like that flaring up for some reason. However, that does not discount just how good this Warriors team is.

Golden State Warriors' acting coach Mike Brown was happy to see his team stroll to a victory.

Vegas has jacked this line up to 14 points. We'll see you on Saturday. Forward Andre Iguodala was listed as questionable because of a sore left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1.

"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. He has been an important cog for their second unit and the Warriors lose some depth if Iguodala is out.

The question now is whether Leonard can help salvage this 0-2 mess, which should've been a hotly contested 1-1 series at this point, had the Spurs found a way to hold on in Game 1, in which the star forward left a contest San Antonio led by as many as 25 points after aggravating an ankle injury.

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