I'm like I've got five cops around me, so I just stopped. He was the first Cavalier not named James to go for 30 and 10 in a playoff game since Brad Daugherty in 1992. Think Game 1 was tough?
All evening San Antonio struggled to get into offensive sets and seemed confused as to where the offense would be generated.
Popovich was taking a stand, he was performing some playoff theater, he was trying to prod his players into something special in Game 2... and what he got was a bunch of Spurs who probably realized that Popovich was so angry because Leonard is so valuable.
Popovich insisted the series is over if his team do not get an attitude adjustment.
"I'm disappointed", he said.
"You have to believe". And it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunts, all that sort of thing. That was extended to 28-points at half-time.
The Spurs never put up a fight.
LaMarcus Aldridge was particularly terrible, scoring just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Popovich said: "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game Three and see who we are". We've played fairly well in the playoffs.
"They're going to play as hard as they can until it's over".
In addition, there is no rock-solid guarantee that Leonard will be back, despite the four-day break break until Saturday's Game 3. Then, Love scored five of the Cavaliers' next seven points when he converted a pair of free throws and followed up with a three-pointer from the left wing. Andre Iguodala sat out the game with left knee soreness and has already been ruled out for Game 3, while Zaza Pachulia should be considered questionable after leaving Game 2 with a right heel injury. The Spurs, who were 6-of-26 from the field at the time, scored only one more point than Curry after the first quarter.
"It's fun to watch".
Irving got the scoring started with a driving layup, and shooting guard J.R. Smith curled around a screen, caught a pass from James and got a layup to go in the lane.
Kevin Durant added 16 points while Draymond Green chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
This whole season prepared them for this, and while every team they play is looking smaller, the Warriors are towering ever larger.
Warriors reserve Patrick McCaw took advantage of 27 minutes of playing time to chip in with 18 points. But we've got to be ready Game 3. They finished the game with 39 assists on 50 made field goals. "With a team like that, the defending champions, you can't let them hit first".
Cleveland now leads the best-of-seven series 1-0, with Game 2 in Boston on Friday.
The Spurs were missing their best player, but more than that, they played without heart in a blowout loss to a Warriors team that was firing on all cylinders and couldn't miss a shot as they were run out of the arena in Oakland tonight. They shot just 37-percent and Jonathan Simmons was the only Spurs starter in double figures with 22 points.
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