(Monica M. Davey/Pool via AP). Since he left Game 1 in the third quarter, the Warriors have outscored the Spurs 194-133.
The Golden State Warriors will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead after crushing the Spurs by 136-100 in Game 2 on Tuesday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Still unbeaten, the Golden State Warriors have a few days to heal up again.
On his way into last night's game, he was almost late after a run-in with the cops outside of the arena, as he tried to pull in around the same time as the San Antonio Spurs team bus. He re-sprained it twice in the third quarter of Game 1 on Sunday, the second time when he landed on the foot of Zaza Pachulia after a jump shot. The Spurs have become accustomed to owning the Western Conference come postseason play, but without superstars Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, they seem like shells of their former selves. Popovich wasn't about to guess whether Leonard would play in Game 3, scheduled for Saturday in San Antonio.
"They're going to play as hard as they can until it's over. We had to go take it". I'm like I've got five cops around me, so I just stopped.
Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative. They each secured a top-seeded position, and then advanced to these NBA Conference Finals-East and West.
The Golden State Warriors have continued their ideal run through the playoffs to get within two victories of their third straight NBA Finals appearance.
The Spurs will be leaning on their home court in Game 3 and their role players, who include just about everyone but Leonard.
Tonight, its not what I expected.
"Somebody's got to teach him if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move, you move over, " Popovich said. "I think the last game it definitely worked in their advantage with me getting passive, but next game I won't do that".
"You hope that he's ready and he can help us", Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said of Leonard's availability for Game 3.
"You have to believe".
Leonard spoke to the media on Friday and talked about his ankle. Boston Celtics host Cleveland Cavaliers in their opening match in the best-of-seven series.
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.
But that doesn't mean we can't squeeze some basketball magic out of these games. Were just going to keep pounding on that. "There's nothing else to do".
Leonard was named first-team All-NBA on Thursday. "Being down 25 points or whatever we were down", said Warriors acting coach Mike Brown, who is 7-0 since filling in for head coach Steve Kerr.
"I'm just focused on getting healthy and getting ready to play for Game 3", Leonard said. "So, you know, that's just my mindset at the moment, just trying to get better". "Give all of our guys credit".style="text-align: center;"