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Kevin Durant on LaMarcus Aldridge's Controversial Closeout: 'Not on Purpose At All'

19 Mai 2017

The Spurs led by 23 points when Leonard was forced to leave Game 1 in the third quarter. That's just the way we always feel.

This much is certain: Whenever Iguodala returns, he will give the second unit a significant boost.

With teams preparing for another round of match-up games, the public is also quite excited to tune in for more updates from both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals. "Two games, now we're going back home so there are still a lot of reasons to believe". Oh, down in San Antonio, it's going to be more than a dogfight. "We got here just in time". They went on an 18-0 run after Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard left the game with a left ankle injury. It was the most points allowed in the playoffs by a team coach by Gregg Popovich. "I see the vehicle trying to inch forward, I'm like, 'He's about to get arrested.' I said, 'Pop, this is my own building.' He goes, 'I know, when I saw it was you, I died laughing'". I don't think it was one guy who didn't believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. Golden State exploded in the second quarter, dropping 39 points in 12 minutes to take a 72-44 lead into the half. As part of his case, he quotes Popovich's interview on May 15, wherein the Spurs coach bluntly states that a "two-step, lead-with-your-foot close-out is not appropriate". Popovich told reporters pre-game that the San Antonio star is "questionable" in advance of game three in San Antonio.

"All I care about is the next game, and we'll see how they come out".

For retribution, the lawsuit states guilty players should pay for their "actual and exemplary damages", a temporary restraining order to be placed on guilty parties to keep them from carrying out such risky actions in the future, and any other "relief" injured parties may need. All 13 Warriors players scored in the game.

For Golden State it was Stephen Curry leading the way with an easy 29 points, going 6-of-9 from 3-point range while adding seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. That was extended to 28-points at half-time.

"It's fun to watch", Durant said. Unlike Game 1, the Spurs showed no fight against the Warriors in this game and suffered one of their largest playoff blowouts in recent memory. You can go back and look in Dallas games where he got a flagrant 2 for elbowing Patty Mills. This is the second straight season Leonard has been selected to the All-NBA First Team.

"When the game starts, it's whoever wants to grab that momentum early and set the tone for the game, and I think we did that a little bit better tonight". Since then, the Spurs have been outscored 194-133 by the Warriors, who hold a 2-0 series lead. With the money he is being paid to be a superstar on this team, there is no excuse to put up that type of performance against the best team in the National Basketball Association during the regular season.

Jonathon Simmons was the lone bright spot for the Spurs, scoring a team-high 22 points.

Kevin Durant on LaMarcus Aldridge's Controversial Closeout: 'Not on Purpose At All'