So now, Wednesday, it was Golden State 136, San Antonio 100 and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals, after surging back from a 25-point deficit to win Game 1, after consecutive sweeps of the Jazz and the Blazers, until the question had become obvious for the Warriors. Gregg Popovichs time will be spent working to get his San Antonio Spurs to wake up, before its too late.
"Think about the history that he's had, and what that means to a team... and Kawhi's not there". "I'm disappointed. The only way I can process this is I think it's not about the O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that".
"And you have to believe". So I'm like feeling myself a little bit. I don't think they started the game with a belief. They showed no fire, no intensity.
"It looked pretty collective to me", he said.
"I think Klay is one of our top three guys and to not be on an All-NBA team I think it's pretty insane". I just hope it's more competitive.
"I think, as group, they just let themselves down", he said.
"We've got to get our guys ready to play a tough Game 3. That's what I'm anxious for".More news: Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid
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Draymond Green, for one, doesnt believe the Warriors will get anything easy when they arrive in San Antonio for Saturdays Game 3. So it's not surprising Popovich pulled no punches after his team's complete capitulation. Jonathon Simmons had 12 points. We felt sorry for ourselves. "He can't be timid".
Aldridge did not log his first points in Game 2 until the 4:55 mark of the second quarter. He can't do it. "You're a wounded animal". Scoring has to come from someplace. "I don't know how much it will carry over Game 2 to Game 3 going back to their place", Curry said. Whether it's for himself or teammates. "They come after him, to find somebody, turn it over, take good shots". Maybe he took an extra step too far. After losing both ways in the first two games of the series, Ginobili must now understand that the Spurs played much better in Game 1 of this series even if it ended in a loss. Only one other Spurs player made double figures - Davis Bertans with 13 - while LaMarcus Aldridge was restricted to just eight points.
Leonard is the only member of the Spurs that can create his own shot from the perimeter.
For all the years West yearned to be part of the great San Antonio Spurs franchise, he finally got that chance last season. But at the same time, you have to read it, you have to make plays, and sometimes you're going to make mistakes. "If he's got it going, give him the ball".
GOLDMAN: But, Borgia says, Pachulia didn't extend his leg unnaturally or make a kicking motion, which, he says, would warrant a flagrant foul. You know, also the way Klay can defend.
"I just tell them what the deal is". And we're talking from the opening tipoff, not when they trailed by 20. They know I'm telling the truth, and there is no reason I'd do anything different. "He goes: 'I'm sitting here and I see this black Range Rover, I see all these cops surrounding them".
That's what he did Tuesday night, and like everything he does, it was done exactly as he planned.