Spurs fans file lawsuit against Pachulia, Warriors

Spurs fans file lawsuit against Pachulia, Warriors

The examination, give-and-take and illumination are over.

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. Popovich wasn't about to guess whether Leonard would play in Game 3, scheduled for Saturday in San Antonio.

And the Spurs were drooping and dropping and missing and missing.

The Western Conference Finals between top seeds the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs might have figuratively ended in the fourth quarter of Game 1, when Kawhi Leonard's ankle came down on Zaza Pachulia's foot, in a play that has been dissected by sports media for the last few days. The Spurs, who were 6-of-26 from the field at the time, scored only one more point than Curry after the first quarter. The more compelling truth is that the Warriors have pressed their post-Leonard advantage, outscoring the Spurs, 194-133, putting math to not only the matter of belief but the different in present talent levels as well. "I'm disappointed. The only way I can process this is, I think it's not about O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that".

"I think we may have felt it too much - Kawhi being gone", Popovich said.

"And you have to believe. He goes, 'Mike, I didn't know that was you, '" Brown recalled.

"I want to see if they match the defensive intensity of Boston", added Webber.

Pachulia left the game injured for a Warriors team already without key reserve forward Andre Iguodala, held out because of soreness in his left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1. But they simply unraveled without him.

Considering how the Silver and Black looked early in Game 2, it was obvious that Sunday's bitter defeat had a lingering effect on their psyche. Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge watches during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oaklan. "If they (defenders) come after him, that kind of thing, to find somebody and not turn it over, to get us good shots and take shots when they're open".

"Now we are going back home and there's still a lot of reasons to believe".

So no motivation from Popovich's scorching of Pachulia? The Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs were largely lifeless from the get-go, trailing 33-16 after the opening quarter. You hate to see anybody get injured on a situation like that.

GOLDMAN: But after last night's shellacking Popovich sounded much more philosophical.

So if Popovich was trying to rattle them using the media megaphone... no, that was not going to work, and the 36-point victory proves it. Should Leonard be unable to play in Game 3 - he's now listed as questionable - the Spurs will be facing down a tall task to avoid a 3-0 series deficit. Yes, that's certainly it. Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench as the Warriors recorded the second-most lopsided postseason win in franchise history and improved to 10-0 in this year's playoffs.