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Warriors rout Leonard-less Spurs to edge closer to NBA Finals

Warriors rout Leonard-less Spurs to edge closer to NBA Finals

In Game 2 on Tuesday night, Golden State was up 20 by the time the smoke cleared from pregame introductions. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets. And it was only tied for 57 seconds.

The Warriors outscored the Spurs 25-14 the remainder of the quarter, hitting the 100-point mark with a McCaw jumper to make it 101-70, 2:35 showing on the game clock and the outcome now well in hand.

The Warriors bounced back in a major way in the third quarter and cut the Spurs lead 78-73 dunk by Durant with 4:27 remaining. However, the National Basketball Association did not punish Pachulia for his play. He also found time for seven rebounds, a game-high seven assists and three steals in his 31 minutes. But because Pachulia doesn't rise up much, the rare exertion apparently hurt the big man.

Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative. The Spurs star missed Game 2 and is questionable for Game 3.

But other than that, nothing else went wrong for the Warriors.

The Warriors are well on their way to a 2-0 lead over the Spurs.

Leonard re-injured his left ankle in Sunday's 113-111 Game 1 loss after coming down on Zaza Pachulia's foot. But I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3.

"You have to believe". Everybody says it, but when you have a guy like Pat who doesn't really know when his minutes are going to come, he always stays ready. "I'm not trying to forecast what I think Boston nor Cleveland should be thinking about". Both Kerr and Brown emphasized a better start on both ends in Game 2 to control the tempo from the opening tip. "And it showed with the lack of edge, intensity, grunt". Gregg Popovich's time will be spent working to get his San Antonio Spurs to wake up, before it's too late.

The Cavaliers swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the postseason and took a quick 2-0 lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals before losing five of its next eight playoff games. The Warriors held the Spurs to 21 points in the fourth, scored 32 points themselves, which allowed them to win. "He can't be timid". He turned down shots in the first quarter. He can't do it.

When you get to 10-0 in the playoffs, Stephen Curry was asked, can you not help but think about what if, and what lies ahead? "Scoring has to come from some place".

"I don't think he needed to hear it, but just knowing that we all have his back is huge, especially at this juncture with the spotlight and the microscope that everybody's put on him", Curry said.

"It's fun to watch". As a team, the Warriors shot a healthy 56 percent from the field and 18 of 37 from the three-point line but to be fair, the game was decided before halftime as the Warriors were already leading by 25 points early in the second quarter.