Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Curry on target as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

Curry on target as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

So after San Antonio took a 136-100 beating Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, it was anyone's guess how he would react.

Golden State won 67 games this season, the only team to do better than San Antonio's 61, and the Warriors were the NBA's top-scoring club. Draymond Green did a bit of everything in contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Rookie Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench shooting 6 for 8 as Golden State earned its most lopsided victory of the playoffs to go to 10-0.

The Spurs, who were without injured star Kawhi Leonard, were led by Jonathon Simmons, who finished with 28 points.

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a risky and unsportsmanlike play.

The Warriors took control early, moving to a 33-16 lead after the first quarter.

The Spurs, who led by 23 points in the third quarter when Leonard left the game, lost Game 1. With the game out of hand, the Spurs emptied their bench as well and punted the series until Saturday night. Leonard then landed on Pachulia's foot, further tweaking his already-sprained left ankle. But I ended up taking myself out of rhythm and out of the flow of the game.

So I start to go a little bit and another one pulls up: 'Hey, you, you heard him, stop!'

With the Warriors leading the series 2-0, they have a 92 percent chance to win the series and a 25 percent chance to sweep it, according to BPI. They shot almost 56 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.

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"It's just not what anybody does to anybody else", Popovich said. To make things worse, ESPN announcers Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, were debating over desserts in the second quarter to fill in time.

"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. I think we've maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don't think - as I watched - I don't think they believed. The series will now go back to San Antonio but it's hard to feel like that matters. Oh, down in San Antonio, it's going to be more than a dogfight. "You know, 31 points on turnovers is not a good thing".

The Spurs beat the Houston Rockets by 39 points in the close- out game of the previous round without Leonard.

Even though Leonard's MRI results on Monday revealed no structural damage, according to sources, the forward's availability remains perhaps the team's most significant concern headed into Game 3. "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'". I think as a group, they just let themselves down.

Coaches in these situations often deflect questions, or reply with stock answers about keeping such discussions in the locker room.

"All I care about is the next game, and we'll see how they come out". "LaMarcus has to score for us".

"I definitely won't do it again".

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