The Cavs have also been dominating in the East, and if their conference finals series against the Celtics is as uneventful as many people expect, that could lead to a quick, unremarkable path into the NBA Finals all around. Golden State raced to a 72-44 halftime lead and doubled up San Antonio midway through the second quarter. Ultimately, the Spurs aren't going to be able to compete offensively without Kawhi.
With the Spurs, this is magnified even further after they lost Game 2 Tuesday night by the score of 136-100 in an absolutely humiliating effort. Be sure to check back often for Warriors-Spurs Game 2 scoring updates and the real-time box score, analysis, live commentary and more. He finished the game with a measly eight points on 4-for-11 shooting.
But the second half was the start of the end for the Spurs.
But they could use Leonard back on the court.
Tuesday's 36-point margin of victory was three points behind the franchise postseason record set by the Philadelphia Warriors in an 85-46 win over the St. Louis Bombers in 1948.
While the Spurs missing their MVP, the Warriors are enjoying a career-best shooting spectacle from theirs.
"Somebody's got to teach him if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move, you move over, " Popovich said.
"I think we maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone", Gregg Popovich said.More news: China dismisses India's concerns over OBOR, cites global support for CPEC
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His sideline and post-match interviews have been fantastic entertainment down the years, but he gave out a special tongue-lashing to the media regarding the actions of Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.
He first injured his ankle in game five of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.
The Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Warriors Game 2 will air on ESPN, which means it will be available to live stream online on flagship streaming app - WatchESPN. Draymond Green did a bit of everything in contributing 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Now the Spurs are down 0-2 and there is no reason for a casual fan to continue watching this series. Only two of the four teams that previously achieved the feat went on to win the title.
The NBA already decided that Pachulia, who denied intent, would not face discipline for the closeout.
Cleveland has to get by Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. James and Kevin Love led the Cavaliers.
The Warriors had 39 assists on their 50 field goals, and they shot 56.2 percent from the field.
Here's the box score from Game 2 at Oracle Arena, to go along with my three takeaways. The Celtics kept changing up defenders guarding James, but he exposed them all and showed that there is no one in the league who can stop a determined James.
Thomas scored 17 points in the game one loss but the leading scorer for the Celtics was Jae Crowder with 21 points. Curry was subbed out with 19 seconds remaining in the frame, and with the game well in hand, he'd remain on the bench for the rest of the night. I just hope it's more competitive.