Just playing hard, man. Officials were told to watch more closely for defenders taking away shooters' landing areas. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who was unavailable for comment on Thursday, said after Game 1 that he anticipated Leonard's recovery to take longer than when he originally suffered the injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.
POPOVICH: I think we've maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don't think they believed. We feel like we like our chances against anybody, no matter what is on the court. They need to take a cue from Simmons and play at full bore, no matter who is missing from the lineup.
With Leonard out, the Spurs needed Aldridge to step up as a scorer and rebounder, as he did in the clincher against the Rockets, when he finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. "He's a special person". You know LaMarcus. He's a standup guy. Anybody on the team, he's riding for you. We've seen the Celtics perimeter players do some big things in these playoffs, though, and they've gotten surprisingly strong contributions from their bigs as well, so this could be a competitive series.
With Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr unable to lead the team because of health issues, assistant coach Mike Brown has taken the reigns of the NBA's best team, leading them to 10-straight wins in this years' playoffs. Who played well for us on this part of the roster? He's a contemplative guy.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich saw what almost everyone else saw in his team Tuesday night. It showed in the lack of edge, intensity ... As a player, he's in the flawless system. "Because as soon as he released the ball, I turned around and tried to chase the rebound and see where the ball was going and then apparently he landed on my foot". "I've definitely been in that situation before. We hated to lose him".
Aldridge then joked to the media that Duncan now talks too much, much more than when the two were teammates.
"David is such a good passer". "He has good cutters around him".
The 36-point Warriors' win is second to a 39-point victory for Philadelphia at St. Louis on April 6, 1948. "Not just come out with it, but keep it for 48 minutes".
Zaza Pachulia goes up for a block. Key reserve and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's status was unclear after he missed Game 2 with soreness in his left knee. They say they're focusing on continuing to get better and the next game against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. I really do. But I'm going to suggest that every criticism be accompanied by - make that preceded by - at least one positive statement, or idea for how he can be used effectively, or both. It was sort of one of those things on my bucket list.
"I'm like, 'This is great, I didn't have to stop for any of these red lights, '" Brown said. "He's like: 'I don't care".
GOLDMAN: Pachulia denies claims that he's a dirty player. "It has all worked out".
By dominating Game 2, the Warriors looked like the same team that had steamrolled their opponents in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to a ideal 8-0 record coming into their matchup with San Antonio.