The Golden State Warriors have continued their ideal run through the playoffs to get within two victories of their third straight NBA Finals appearance. Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oaklan. Midway in the first quarter, they went down low to Pau Gasol.
"It's amusing you mention that", said Stephen Curry (29/7/7 in 30 minutes), whose pull-up three seven minutes into the game gave the Warriors a double-digit lead that only bloated as time went on. He had 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting, filling in the void left by Leonard.
"It looked pretty collective to me".
Jonathon Simmons was the only one that got on the bus for the Spurs tonight, I think everyone else stayed behind at the hotel in San Francisco.
Australian point guard Mills declined to agree or disagree with Popovich's assessment and instead said he was focused on looking ahead.
In pro wrestling there's a saying that you always go out on your back - meaning, when the greats leave the ring for good it's in a loss to put over new talent. He made all 11 of his free throws. We felt sorry for ourselves, we need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are. The same unit that scored just 13 combined points in Game 1 poured in 25 points in the first half alone.More news: No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now
Aldridge's closeout re-ignited the controversy that started when Zaza Pachulia stepped under Kawhi Leonard's foot that resulted in Leonard re-injuring his ankle.
It's become abundantly clear that the Spurs have no chance to beat the Warriors if Leonard can't play.
Leonard was on his way to another outstanding game in the series opener with Golden State before he aggravated his ankle injury twice in the third quarter. Pachulia played almost 7 minutes but not the entire second quarter and he didn't return after halftime as Matt Barnes took his place.
Andre Iguodala sat out with a knee injury.
The 2015 NBA Finals MVP is averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the postseason.
But for Gregg Popovich to fire shots at Pachulia after defending former Spur Bruce Bowen throughout his entire career in San Antonio just makes me call bull$#|+.More news: One dead, dozens injured after tornado hits trailer park in western Wisconsin
Golden State quickly established its pass-happy, up-tempo style to take the Spurs out from the opening tip.
Stephen Curry seemingly picked off where he left off in Game 1, scoring 19 points in the first half - including 15 in the first quarter.
"I thought in game one we didn't come out with a sense of urgency", said Warriors acting coach Mike Brown, who is standing in for the injured Steve Kerr.
It truly was a group effort, with seven players reaching double-figures for the Warriors and James Michael McAdoo falling just short with nine. Johnson started Game 3 but played only five minutes before missing the rest of the series.
The Warriors began 10 for 16 as Curry hit three quick 3s and Green added two more for a 25-12 lead late in the first and 33-16 advantage after one quarter.More news: Joel Embiid says 76ers gearing up to beat Cavaliers, LeBron James
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