Curry withstood a sprained left ankle to collect 29 points and 11 assists as the Golden State Warriors edged the Denver Nuggets 110-108 to take a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the 2013 Western Conference playoffs.
Pachulia has gotten a reputation for being a dirty player throughout his National Basketball Association career, though Popovich wasn't all that concerned with whether or not the center tried to injure Leonard.
The Golden State Warriors picked up where they left off, dominating the San Antonio Spurs in game two for a commanding series lead in the Western Conference finals.
Live music outside #Oracle. San Antonio led 78-55 with 7:54 left in the third quarter when Leonard had to leave the game after re-injuring his bad ankle.
With superstar Kawhi Leonard out with an ankle injury suffered on Sunday, the Spurs' chances going into Game 2 were slim to begin with. Rookie Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench shooting 6 for 8 as Golden State earned its second-most lopsided postseason victory ever to go to 10-0. San Antonio's great ball movement and offensive scheme will always allow them to put up points. "If [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".
Coach Steve Kerr was back on the court for the Warriors' light workout - they met, watched film and ran through a few sets on the floor - after attending the game and providing a halftime talk with his team down by 20. Really looking ahead - which Golden State insists it is not - two teams have gone through the playoffs with only one loss, the 2001 Lakers (15-1) and the 1983 76ers (12-1).
"The only way I can process this is that I think it's not O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that", he said. And you want to know how we feel about it.
Kawhi Leonard may not have thought it was dirty, but damn near everyone else believes otherwise. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich already ripped the Warriors big man and among his supporters is Oklahoma City Thunder's triple-double machine, Russell Westbrook. You still go to jail if you're texting and you kill somebody. The Warriors won the series in six games before losing to San Antonio in the conference semifinals. He is questionable for Game 3.
Well, the Warriors DID come back in this game, using a barrage of three point bombs from Steph Curry and Kevin Durant to eventually eke out a 103-101 win.
"[The criticism] doesn't bother me", Pachulia said. As Brown pointed out, it happened to Stephen Curry in Game 1, specifically when LaMarcus Aldridge moved out to defend a Curry three-pointer, also in the third quarter.
The Spurs are going to be playing tonight without Kawhi Leonard in this one, which basically spells doom for San Antonio. That's a combination that won't lose the Warriors many games.
"(Popovich) wants to win", said David West, who played for the Spurs last season and whose own brouhaha with Pachulia from last season was brought up by Popovich.
Meanwhile, everyone on the Warriors team was hitting their shots and the game wasn't a contest early as the Warriors led by 30 in the second quarter.
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