The first two games of the Western Conference Finals couldn't have been more different for the Golden State Warriors.
Without question, the deck was heavily stacked in the Warriors' favor. On Tuesday night, they defeated San Antonio Spurs by 36 points in a blowout. "But yeah, we always get criticism". And believing is more than half the battle.
Aldridge said he began seeing double and triple teams "instantly" after Leonard left Game 1 in the third quarter. I dont know how much it will carry over Game 2 to Game 3 going back to their place, Curry said. However, with the prideful Spurs down 0-2 heading home and with that trend in mind, they're dealing San Antonio +2 for the first two quarters Saturday.
Stephen Curry showed off his full arsenal of skills in a Game 2 romp. Where was the leadership? McCaw and James Michael McAdoo would combine for nine straight points to go up 127-86 with 5:11 remaining, equaling the Warriors' largest lead of the entire game.
One person who was not mad about the play was Kevin Durant.
GOLDMAN: In the 2015 playoffs, this play helped prompt baseball's adoption of the slide rule to protect infielders from hard-charging baserunners. At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court. Im disappointed, Popovich said. "Everybody else was in the other category". When he does, it'll be a heartwarming tale of a man who once paid $150 just to try out in the D-League, working to earn his big payday.
THORPE: You want to make that player think of you as you're shooting the ball, not focus on his form, without any risk for a fouling. We felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3, and see who we are. "That's what I'm anxious for".
The Warriors now lead 2-0 in the playoffs as the NBA Finals edge closer. We're eight games away from our ultimate goal.
The Spurs lost Parker for the remainder of the postseason after he ruptured a left quadriceps tendon in Game 2 against Houston in the conference semifinals.
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Unfortunately for fans in San Antonio, Leonard remains questionable for the game and did not practice on Thursday.
That was the third time in two games for that injured ankle and that injury took him out for the remainder the game.
X-rays were negative and an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday. Leonard was out because of a previous injury caused by a Warriors player.
Aldridge, however, was quick to say that he's not shouldering the burden of Game 3.
And there's this: If Leonard's ankle is still tender on Friday, Popovich might shut him down for the rest of the series.
Regardless, Game 3 will be a gut check for the Spurs. But at the same time, you have to read it, you have to make plays, and sometimes you're going to make mistakes. He also had three turnovers.
"I'm like, 'This is great, I didn't have to stop for any of these red lights, '" Brown said.
Where was that guy Tuesday night? He looks rushed, tentative, afraid to be blocked, and just overall unlike a confident seven-footer. Talk about a contrast. Now the real challenge is going on the road and trying to get some wins.. "He can't be timid". He turned down shots in the first quarter. He can't do it. You've got to score.
"I don't think he needed to hear it, but just knowing that we all have his back is huge, especially at this juncture with the spotlight and the microscope that everybody's put on him", Curry said. "Took us a minute to figure it out to get up to that game speed after this little break".