Patrick McCaw using playoff experience to prepare for National Basketball Association future
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 17:55
Golden State Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown, right, gestures next to forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017.
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. I don't think as a group they really did, which means probably a little bit feeling sorry for themselves psychologically.
"That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch", Durant said. You can tell me I can't shoot, you can let me know I can't dribble, and you can even roast me for not being able to math. Game 3 is on Saturday night and that might be the game that decides whether the Warriors are going to sweep their way into the NBA Finals.
McCaw made his presence felt immediately grabbing a couple of rebounds and nailing a silky smooth three pointer en route to an impressive state line: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals. "I just kept faith in them".
"I don't think we believed", he said. It was an unfortunate situation, I wish it didn't happen, but I don't think it was intentional.
"It's always unique when you have injuries to lower extremities because you can't still train as normal", ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said. And it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunts, all that sort of thing.
A 19-3 run that stretched into the second quarter gave Golden State a 25-point lead, and that ballooned to a 72-44 advantage at the break.
"I'm not going to psychoanalyze him", Popovich said.
Six of Curry's eight makes were 3s, giving him an NBA-high 45 threes in 10 playoff games.
Popovich was left perplexed and downright disgusted that his team got dominated in such embarrassing fashion without Leonard, who re-injured his tender left ankle in Game 1 after stepping on Pachulia's foot. "Because if we don't we could end up losing the game". So did Durant, who finished with 16 points after his huge 34-point Game 1, and Green, who had 13.
The Warriors are now 10-0 in the playoffs.