Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs with left knee soreness.
Klay Thompson finished with 11 points, but was 4-of-10 from shooting with six rebounds, while Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark each had 10 points for Golden State to secure its 10th consecutive playoffs win this season. Leonard starting Game 3 on Saturday after a solid three days of rest would be a relief for San Antonio, but it's no guarantee that the shellacking they were laying on the Warriors in Game 1 will return. In Game 2 on Tuesday night, Golden State was up 20 by the time the smoke cleared from pregame introductions. I don't think they started the game with the belief, and it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunt, all that sort of thing. "I see the vehicle trying to inch forward, I'm like, 'He's about to get arrested.' I said, 'Pop, this is my own building.' He goes, 'I know, when I saw it was you, I died laughing'". The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this post-season - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets.
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. Leonard came down on Pachulia's foot and rolled his left ankle for the second time in the game.
"Pop" was addressing the media before game two, but we can only imagine he is angrier after seeing his side go 2-0 down in the series. "But I'll be better, and I'll definitely be better by next game". But it's also not completely unfair to expect a tiny bit more from the player who was supposed to serve as somewhat of a bridge from Tim Duncan to the next era of Spurs basketball.
Brown was driving behind the Spurs team bus at a freeway exit as he was driving his son Cam - a huge fan of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich - and a couple of friends in his SUV on Tuesday. "He said: 'How do you know?' I said there's a police escort with motorcycles in front of them".
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Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out prior to tipoff.
The San Antonio Spurs are who we thought they were without Kawhi Leonard.
"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.
"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. The Warriors, who struggled to score in the first half, shot 58 percent after Leonard left and came up with the win.
"I don't think we believed", he said.