San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shifted the attention of the Western Conference finals away from his team's problems Monday and squarely onto what he labeled the unsportsmanlike means by which the Golden State Warriors grabbed an early lead in the best-of-seven series.
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, JaVale McGee and Stephen Curry, from left, celebrate from the bench in the closing minutes of the team's 136-100 win over the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of the NBA basketball W.
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Two days after falling behind by 25 points in the first half to a Leonard-led team, the Warriors had a 25-point lead of their own in the 16th minute of the rematch en route to a 72-44 halftime advantage.
Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0.
The Spurs were leading by 23 points at the time, but with Leonard unable to play the Warriors came back to win a 113-111 thriller.
Only Simmons and reserve forward David Bertans (13 points) score in double-figures for the Spurs.
West sidestepped the issue when asked about it at practice Monday, labeling Pachulia a guy who plays "hard".
German Tommy Haas and Croatian Ivo Karlovic will make a stand for the senior citizens on the circuit when they face off in the oldest ATP match in terms of combined ages since 1982 at the Rome Masters on Tuesday.
"He's in an MRI right now".
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Among those names: Brent Thompson, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer killed in the line of duty, as well as Dallas police Sgt. The White House was illuminated blue Monday in honor of newly announced Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week .
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Bryant sprained his left ankle in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. "We have a different technique for guarding shooters". "We miss him out there, but he'll get healthy and in the meantime it's up to the rest of us to stay ready".
Kawhi Leonard's ankle injury turned the game on its head as the Warriors capitalized and he is set to miss the second clash of the series.
"Tonight, it's not what I expected". I think it's pretty clear that it was a foul.
"I thought in game one we didn't come out with a sense of urgency", said Warriors acting coach Mike Brown, who is standing in for the injured Steve Kerr.
"And you have to believe".
"We had a point of emphasis of starting the game with a lot more energy and focus on the defensive end so that we could just feel a little bit better about ourselves than we did last game in the first quarter".
Popovich had no guess about Leonard's status for Game 3, saying it would likely be decided as late as Friday or Saturday.
San Antonio shot just 37 percent after the injury, with twice as many turnovers as assists.
"It's tough, but it's a long series", guard Patty Mills said. Markieff Morris did the same after the Washington forward landed on Al Horford's foot in Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal, knocking him out of a game the Celtics rallied to win. Cleveland also has swept its first two playoff opponents this year as it enters the Eastern Conference finals with Boston, marking the first time a team has stated out 8-0 in two straight postseasons. Golden State Warriors Game 2 Start?
"You just want to continue to build good habits, sustain the level of play". Be sure to check back often for Warriors-Spurs Game 2 scoring updates and the real-time box score, analysis, live commentary and more. You hate to see anybody get injured on a situation like that.