Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors trounce Spurs without Kawhi Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Warriors trounce Spurs without Kawhi Leonard for 2-0 series lead

"This is playoff time, and if you're not excited and don't get that adrenaline rush and get locked into the moment, you're going to miss out", Curry said of his postseason play.

San Antonio Spurs forward Jonathon Simmons will draw the start in place of Kawhi Leonard (ankle) in Game 2 versus the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Golden State wasted no time jumping on the short-handed Spurs, outscoring San Antonio 33-16 in the first quarter.

"They came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and they played that way for 48 minutes", acting Warriors coach Mike Brown said.

"I just give Klay a lot of credit".

"Game 3 I expect to see a much different team".

"Not at all", Curry answered, a statement after his earlier statement of 29 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the entire Warriors offense ran amok with Kawhi Leonard missing from the San Antonio defense. If that goes anything like Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, they can break the mark in Monday's Game 4.

Leonard or no Leonard, Popovich insisted the series is over if his team doesn't get an attitude adjustment.

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"I'm not going to psychoanalyze him", Popovich said. "The only way I can process this is I think it's not about O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that". You have to believe. I don't think as a group they really did, which means probably a little bit feeling sorry for themselves psychologically, subconsciously, whatever psycho-babble word you want to use. And it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunts, all that sort of thing.

Boston: They fought all season to be in this position, having home court advantage over the Cav's after beating Washington in an up and back series where no one won a road game and only the last two games were close.

"It's gotta come from someplace, whether its for himself or a teammate", Popovich said. It's how we got to the score, how we played defensively, how we played offensively.

"All I care about is what I saw and what happened".

The Warriors rarely start two straight games poorly, so you figured they'd be locked in to open Game 2. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets.

"It's fun to watch", Durant said.

Curry used 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to lead seven Warriors scorers in double figures.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gestures during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017. Or after becoming the ninth team to ever pile up a double-digit win streak in the playoffs.

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