"A lot of input, if I feel good then I am going to play", Leonard said. It showed in the lack of edge, intensity ... "Once we settled in, as opposed to trying to get it all back in one play, it started working for us".
Leonard is questionable for Game 3 of the series, and the Spurs desperately need after being routed in Game 2 without their star.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the San Antonio Spurs 136-100 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference finals series on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Accordingly, the national media nearly unanimously predicted the Golden State Warriors would prevail in the best of 7 series of the NBA Western Conference Finals. Now facing a 2-0 deficit, the San Antonio Spurs head home where they will face the Warriors in Game 3 on Saturday night.
The biggest reason why the Warriors will win this series is also the most obvious. And the Warriors are plenty motivated. "If he doesn't, we'll try to face the game as if it's a Game 7".
Here's a look at the other four teams that had the best starts in playoff history. That's what the Warriors have to have their mind on. How better to erase the memory of losing Game 7 than with a ideal postseason? San Antonio had to scramble to keep Curry locked down any time he crossed half court, and the Warriors offense roared back to life.
That's because last season reminded everyone records aren't bragged about when a championship is not attached to them.
Sure, the Warriors just pulled off a 36-point thrashing of the Spurs two days after squeaking out a 113-111 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals - their second-largest postseason win behind a game from 1948 when the Philadelphia Warriors won by 39 at St. Louis.More news: Britain worked through night to counter cyber attack on health service
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Golden State knows that the Spurs simply do not have the players to compete without Leonard on the floor.
There will be no surprising these Warriors.
"We never felt like we're out of the game", said Draymond Green. "Now the challenge will be not relaxing".
Mills said the emotion the Spurs felt from losing Leonard in what Popovich described as a risky and unsportsmanlike play by Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia should have fired up his team, not subdued them.
It sounds ridiculous given the disparity in the strength of their opponents, but the Warriors might still have an easier path to the Finals than the Cavaliers. Boston has homecourt advantage, but the Cavaliers are still the favorite and the Warriors can not be concerned about chasing down the Cavs or history just yet.
"I'm disappointed", Popovich said.
"So I answer the phone, and Pop is dying. I think the last game it definitely worked in their advantage with me getting passive, but next game I won't do that".