The Golden State Warriors pummeled the Spurs 136-100, taking a commanding 2-0 series lead as the best-of-seven series shifts to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4.
Realizing the potential for ankle injuries - a problem for Warriors star Stephen Curry earlier in his career - the National Basketball Association made the play one of its points of emphasis for officials before the 2013-14 season, stressing that shooters had to be given the freedom to land.
"This is playoff time, and if you're not excited and don't get that adrenaline rush and get locked into the moment, you're going to miss out", Curry said of his postseason play. "We can't ease into the game", Brown said of his ailing boss' address to the team in the locker room before the game.
"I just give Klay a lot of credit".
"And that was the message to the team afterward, too, going into Game 3". Game 1 was a prime example, KD was largely held in check in the first half. Still, if everyone is expected to pick up the slack in Leonard's absence, it has to start with San Antonio's other star. "Because if we don't we could end up losing the game".
Once the Spurs got by, Brown's phone rang with a familiar caller ID - "Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs".
"I don't think they believed and you have to believe", Popovich said.
Steph Curry showed the way as the Warriors put the game away early with a 33-16 first quarter.
The Spurs got no closer than 14 over the rest of the first half and no closer than 20 after halftime. We felt sorry for ourselves.
Game 3 is Saturday in San Antonio. And if he isn't, they better start believing they can win even without him.
I personally did not see anything dirty in the play.
Curry used 6-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers to lead seven Warriors scorers in double figures.
"It's fun to watch".
Patrick McCaw, who wore the upcoming Nike KD 10 release, provided 18 points off the bench for Golden State. "Somebody's got to tell him", Popovich noted in a rare light moment, "if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move over, you move over".
"The Warriors don't have much in terms of true centers on their roster, which is why they can ill afford to lose the 6'11" Georgian for an extended period of time.
Neither one of them has lost a game yet; the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Boston (8:30 ET, TNT).
The Warriors had 39 assists on their 50 field goals, and they shot 56.2 percent from the field. "You've got to time that perfectly if you want to hurt somebody", teammate Kevin Durant said.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs with left knee soreness.
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