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Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Both semifinals series put the respective conference's top two teams in head-to- head match-ups - Golden State (1) vs. San Antonio (2) in the West - the Warriors leads 2-0; and Boston (1) hosts Cleveland (2) in the East - this series begins Wednesday in Boston.

It was the complete opposite from their sluggish start in Game 1 when the Warriors trailed the Spurs by as many as 25 points before coming back in the second half. Neither the Warriors nor the Spurs have not commented on Vasquez's lawsuit, and you can't really expect them to take time out of their preparation for Saturday's Game 3 to address what seems like a joke, but is actually a real lawsuit that real people are trying to bring to court. Once again, Simmons provided the juice to keep the Spurs involved, but the Warriors bench of Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw matched the Spurs hustle and kept the margin up for the Warriors.

The Spurs get three days off to lick their wounds and hope that Leonard, who sprained an injured left ankle in Game One, can be ready for Game Three on Saturday.

Warriors center Zaza Pachulia didn't return after leaving Tuesday night's Game 2 win over San Antonio in the first quarter with a right heel contusion.

Simmons was the lone bright spot for the Spurs, scoring 22 points but his supporting cast was non-existent.

Draymond Green contributed 13 points, a team-high nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks to Golden State's 10th consecutive post-season win.

And while San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich explained the size of the loss as the result of an nearly team-wide timidity, the Warriors played at a level that nearly no team would have been able to match, let alone one with a shredded roster. The Spurs led by 23 when Leonard left Game 1.

Andre Iguodala sat the game out because of soreness in his left knee. "I think we've maybe felt it too much, Kawhi (Leonard) being gone, in the sense that, as I watched, I don't think they believed". The Spurs forward missed his first two jump shots and the night didn't get any better from that point on. I don't think it was one guy who didn't believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is still dealing with an ailment that has caused him to miss most of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs, which means assistant coach Mike Brown continues to be at the helm in Kerr's absence. "You can go back and look at Dallas games where he got a flagrant two for elbowing Patty Mills". Popovich may get the belief he is looking for this weekend in San Antonio, but belief alone falls well short of the standard required to beat these Warriors. They shut down LaMarcus Aldridge (only eight points on 4-of-11 shooting overall) and held the Spurs to 6-of-26 shooting and four turnovers in the first quarter.

Shaun Livingston scored in double figures for the first time this postseason with 10 points for Golden State. "Just depends on how the ankle heals", Popovich said. "Give all of our guys credit". But there's no way even Most Valuable Coach of Forever candidate Greg Popovich can pull off a seven game series against the Warriors without a fully healthy Leonard, and most likely not even then.

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.

"I'm like, 'Warriors acting coach, '" he said, pointing to the logo on his shirt. "He goes, 'Mike, I didn't know that was you, '" Brown recalled. "If he's got it going, give him the ball".


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