Golden state took the match in the final of the West

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Brown, who saw the Warriors run out 136-100 winners to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals, was a late arrival for the game after being stopped by traffic police as he attempted to join the Spurs motorcade. The loss dropped the visitors to 0-2 in this Western Conference finals series and led coach Gregg Popovich to question his squad's fortitude.

After five straight Spurs points, Patrick McCaw and Curry converted back-to-back 3-pointers, and McCaw's jumper at the 2:35 mark put Golden State over the century mark and in front, 101-70.

Without him, Jonathan Simmons scored 22 points as one of San Antonio's lone bright spots. The Warriors were up by seventeen after the first quarter, and continued to increase the lead throughout the game. They led 81-59 as they approached the midway mark of the third quarter. Would the San Antonio Spurs be able to do to Golden State what they did to the Houston Rockets not one week ago, slamming them without star Kawhi Leonard?

The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, who aggravated his sprained left ankle in the series opener. Our next game, I won't do that.

With the Warriors leading the series 2-0, they have a 92 percent chance to win the series and a 25 percent chance to sweep it, according to BPI. "And it showed with the lack of edge, intensity, grunt". Green made another 3 later in the first quarter and is now 23-of-48 from deep in the playoffs, burning opponents at a scorching 48 percent clip on a shot they usually gameplan to give up. "I think I kind of threw off the offensive rhythm not taking my shots and I kind of got lost in the flow of just standing around".

Monday morning, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich came out and said that Leonard will likely miss game two of the conference finals. To make things worse, ESPN announcers Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, were debating over desserts in the second quarter to fill in time. I'm sitting here and I see this black Range Rover, I see all these cops surrounding him and I see the vehicle trying to inch forward and I'm like, he's about to get arrested.' I said: "'Pop, this is my own building.' He said: "'I know when I saw it was you, I died laughing'". So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3.

"That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch", Durant said.

IN THE summer of 2015, the San Antonio Spurs went shopping like they never have before. Those direct answers were mostly indictments of his players, sure, but it's doubtful he was using the media to get his point across. "He goes, 'Mike, I didn't know that was you, '" Brown recalled.

Pachulia didn't return to the game after halftime and his status for Game 3 is unknown with what the team deemed a right heel contusion.

The coach admitted "the thing that worries me is that he did it again [in Game 1], the exact same thing". "We'll get a meal". And though Aldridge wasn't asked about it after the game, there's no universe where he would've admitted to any ill intent, same as Pachulia after the Game 1.

The Golden State Warriors' rare unbeaten start this postseason doesn't necessarily mean they're on their way to a title.

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