Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Warriors throttle Spurs to take 2-0 lead

Warriors throttle Spurs to take 2-0 lead

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he thinks he'll list Leonard as questionable for Game 3, after he ruled Leonard out for Game 2 because of a sprained left ankle caused by what Popovich described as a "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike" closeout by Golden State's Zaza Pachulia. Pachulia played almost 7 minutes but not the entire second quarter and he didn't return after halftime as Matt Barnes took his place.

Pachulia left the game injured for a Warriors team already without key reserve forward Andre Iguodala, held out because of soreness in his left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1.

"Steve (Kerr) told our guys we've got to come out and play with a sense of urgency from the beginning".

"I think we may have felt it too much - Kawhi being gone", Popovich said. Once again, Simmons provided the juice to keep the Spurs involved, but the Warriors bench of Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw matched the Spurs hustle and kept the margin up for the Warriors. "It's pretty easy not to think about that, if you know what I mean".

Leonard will miss game two at Oracle Arena, meaning Mills' scoring and high-energy defence on Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry will be more important than ever.

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With Kawhi Leonard's status still in the air for Game 3 Saturday, expect Andre Iguodala's availability to hinge slightly on the presence of the Spurs' best player.

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LaMarcus Aldridge registered a dismal minus-20 in the loss and made just four of 11 shots to finish with eight points as San Antonio shot 37.4 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 16 times. The Spurs, who were 6-of-26 from the field at the time, scored only one more point than Curry after the first quarter.

Popovich said before the game Leonard was back at the hotel "ordering dinner".

"I have no idea".

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Pachulia denied he purposely tried to hurt Leonard but Popovich said Pachulia "has a history with that kind of action". But those hopes would be a lot more realistic if Cleveland had lost even one game in the playoffs so far, so I'd still bet on the talent disparity. He said: 'Mike, I didn't know that was you. "We can't allow them to get off to the start they had last game".

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak.

"He's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done".

Meanwhile, everyone on the Warriors team was hitting their shots and the game wasn't a contest early as the Warriors led by 30 in the second quarter.

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