The Warriors took full advantage of Kawhi Leonard's absence, bombing the uninspired Spurs with 18 three-pointers en route to a 136-100 trouncing that gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Leonard reinjured his left ankle last Sunday during the second half of San Antonio's 113-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 1. With Leonard back at the team hotel in San Francisco, Jonathon Simmons started Game 2 on Tuesday and had a team-high 22 points in 26 minutes.
Brown told reporters he was pulled over after ignoring a request to stop at a red light as the Spurs coach rolled towards the Oakland Arena. "It's not that we are satisfied with that or we feel that we are finding excuses, those are the reasons I find, and I am not proud of it, but that's over".
For two- and- a- half quarters of their game one Western Conference Finals matchup in Golden State, the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Warriors.
But those were the Rockets.
Game three is in San Antonio on Saturday. They'll need their entire roster to step their game up a notch if they want to defeat the star-studded Warriors at "Roaracle".
The Warriors should get another nice boost from coach Steve Kerr, who is well enough that he plans to travel with the team to San Antonio on Thursday.
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. We're playing very possibly the best team in the league...More news: 1 point from Liga title, Real Madrid faces Michel's Malaga
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"Just seeing if I can run and at least be myself on the court".
Spurs fans are definitely reacting rationally to Kawhi Leonard's injury. Whether they win or they lose, I want to see how they play.
Brown is close friends with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who saw it all unravel from the bus.
"I'd probably list him as questionable", Popovich said. You can't sugarcoat it or say, 'If we had just made a couple shots, we'd have been right there.' That's pretty lame. "So I don't agree with the calls that I'm a dirty player". Leonard went down just over halfway through that game and his status for Game 3 remains undecided.
"The only way I can process is that I don't think they believed".
"I don't think they started the game with a belief", Popovich said.
Golden State quickly established its pass-happy, up-tempo style to take the Spurs out from the opening tip.
The Cavaliers swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the postseason and took a quick 2-0 lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals before losing five of its next eight playoff games.