Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Curry shines as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

Curry shines as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

"It could have gone either way". "Give all of our guys credit. They stayed composed. Not one point in the game did our guys hang their head or not believe". I think as a group, they just let themselves down.

The Spurs were never appreciably closer in the second half.

"That was a huge pickup for us, obviously, with Andre out". "We've got to come out from the beginning with a sense of urgency".

And now the Warriors shift to San Antonio with a team that is getting contributions from the bench, a defense with a gameplan that's fit to shut down a Spurs attack predicated on two players, and an offense now featuring two rolling MVPs and a warming up Klay Thompson.

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

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.

Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, with many thousands of San Antonio Spurs season-ticket holders in attendance in San Antonio's AT&T Center, tips off on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

Kerr is recovering from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak and Mike Brown has been coaching during his absence, but the reigning NBA Coach of the Year has been attending practices again and addressing the team in the locker room while watching games behind the scenes. "It's going to be hard fought".

"So then I got scared". Curry had the hot hand in the third quarter.

McCaw dropped 3 3s en route to 18 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Leonard did not play in Game 2, and the Warriors won that one 136-100. The Spurs came back to take the lead on a basket by Aldridge to make the score 104-103.

Only Jonathon Simmons, who had 22 points in 21 minutes, avoided Popovich's wrath.

"It's tough, but it's a long series", guard Patty Mills said.

Curry made a 13-foot floater with less than 10 seconds before Aldridge missed a 3-point shot attempt that sealed the victory.

Without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are in danger of becoming the next victim of the Golden State Warriors. "I don't think we're going to know until Friday and Saturday, probably". So, he felt it necessary to explain what went down. "That's when we struggled".

To watch the Spurs in Game 2 was to see a team still feeling sorry for itself after blowing a 25-point lead in Sunday's 113-111 loss in the series opener.

"Yeah, I took the wrong approach", said Aldridge, who is now averaging 23.3 points (50.8% shooting overall), and 7.7 rebounds per game in this series. It was also mentioned that Pachulia stepped on Leonard's ankle, which put him on ice. The Spurs have become accustomed to owning the Western Conference come postseason play, but without superstars Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, they seem like shells of their former selves. All championship-caliber teams have to go through a vetting process. The problems with ankle injuries is that they nag and they're easy to re-aggravate.

"ZaZa is not a dirty player", Durant said.

The remainder of the game was played on even terms, Curry, Durant, and Green all resting for the final quarter. "But we're a pretty good team too".

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