Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

For the second game in a row, Steph Curry top-scored for the Warriors, scoring 29 points.

"It could have gone either way".

"I don't know", said Warriors acting coach Mike Brown when asked if the Warriors' play was meant to send a message to either Eastern team. "I give our guys a ton of credit". "I was watching them right before the game, at the National Anthem, and they were having fun, pretty light on their feet, the normal pregame get-hyped moment".

Mills had a forgettable game, missing four of his six shots for five points. We saw how the San Antonio's fate turned upside down in the third quarter, and a full matchup of that kind of unimaginative effort will quickly turn the second game into a blow-out. "So, that's obviously huge for us". But I ended up taking myself out of rhythm and out of the flow of the game. The 10-day rest put the Cavaliers in a good position to refocus and take the court with the energy needed to maintain a stronghold on a resilient club.

Leonard was not on the practice floor during player interviews with the media, but was seen in the weight room with a member of the Spurs training staff.

The Spurs, who led by 23 points in the third quarter when Leonard left the game, lost Game 1.

But the second half was the start of the end for the Spurs.

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With Leonard out, the Spurs needed Aldridge to step up as a scorer and rebounder, as he did in the clincher against the Rockets, when he finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. "I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done". "It's going to be hard fought". We didn't come to play.

At halftime, the Spurs were leading the Warriors by 26 points, 62-46.

The Spurs made just 37 percent of their shots. The Spurs came back to take the lead on a basket by Aldridge to make the score 104-103. "He gets everybody else going when he gets hot like that, creates open shots for everybody else".

At this point, the likelihood is that this series will not see the light of next weekend. The Warriors' strategy on Aldridge - hitting him with a big defender (Zaza Pachulia) to push him out of his comfort zone, then running occasional smalls at him to scramble his wind-up - took away both his post-game and his risky fade-away.

The bench contributed a season-best 63 points. Boston has homecourt advantage, but the Cavaliers are still the favorite and the Warriors can not be concerned about chasing down the Cavs or history just yet. "That's when we struggled".

Long content to spend big money on their core while using free agency to sprinkle role players around them, the Spurs lavished a max contract on LaMarcus Aldridge, a four-time All-Star from Portland who would join Kawhi Leonard as one of the focal points of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired. Zaza Pachulia had 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists for the Warriors. Ian Clark scored in a variety of ways and hopefully isn't too hobbled after rolling an ankle late in garbage time. Ultimately we chose to go with narrative separation, and placed them at the end of the levels to prevent this problem for arising. All championship-caliber teams have to go through a vetting process. "So, it was tough".

"He's shooting two or three feet behind the 3-point line", Durant said of Curry. "You've got to time that perfectly if you want to hurt somebody". Stevens' group will split the series with a tight Game 2 victory.