Desperate Spurs vow aggressive fightback against Warriors
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 8:53
"But offensively, I think it's a combination of them playing good defense and also us not finding our chemistry, not finding our rhythm, and not knowing where to be with two of our main playmakers not there". "It's just questionable for tomorrow, I could be feeling way better, but we'll see tomorrow". San Antonio has been criminally overlooked over the past few years due to the Warriors' dominance in the West.
The Cavaliers swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the postseason and took a quick 2-0 lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals before losing five of its next eight playoff games. He missed the last half of the fourth quarter and all of OT, and did not play in the series-clinching win in Game 6 two nights later.
Leonard originally suffered the ankle injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Pachulia was whistled for a foul on the play, and found himself in the center of controversy after many on social media questioned whether he had tried to injure Leonard intentionally.
Leonard was asked what input he would have on whether he would play Saturday despite being injured. So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3.
"(I'm) just seeing if I can run and at least be myself on the court", Leonard said Friday. "I'm not anxious about that".
Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative.
Jonathon Simmons was the lone bright spot for the Spurs, scoring a team-high and playoff career-high 22 points after getting the start in Leonard's absence. I just want to be able to equally push with both legs.
Sparked by Stephen Curry's four 3-pointers, the Warriors led 33-16 after one quarter.
With the inevitable third installment of Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals on the horizon, the Spurs have come as the last best chance to save - or deprive, depending on your viewpoint - everyone from once again seeing that matchup.
"Our offense was a little stagnant at times", Leonard said. "Obviously their guys played great, but it's stuff that we could do to help ourselves either win the game or even make it close". The Spurs were dominated in Game 2 without Leonard as the Warriors easily won 136-100 on Tuesday night. Thats just being a lot more alert defensively to start and just making them work.. We know they're probably going to be full strength in Game 3 and ready to play us. We know going down 3-0 will be really tough to overcome.