Zaza Pachulia (heel) is questionable for Warriors in Game 4
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 23:23
They may not win one at all in this series, thanks, in part, to Durant's massive third quarter on Saturday night.
Folks in San Antonio especially can not stand the guy after his close out on Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals resulted in the small forward suffering a high ankle sprain.
Jonathon Simmons started in Leonard's place.
"I always said it, winning the championship or not winning it, scoring 20 the last game or second to last, or whatever, or zero, is not going to change who I am or the decision I make", Ginobili said. "Because I don't know what's being said, I don't follow, but this is getting a little weird, it truly is".
"You've got to be the most physical team, the team that wants it the most and play with that edge and that feeling the entire game".
As the San Antonio Spurs attempt to stave off a four-game sweep in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, it appears Kawhi Leonard will be unavailable to help them avoid that fate.
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both picked up three first half fouls.
But everyone knows Golden State has the best team on paper.
Kanter has been one of the NBA's best reserves the past two years. Or Trump needs another subplot. Adding Durant just felt unfair. The injury was serious enough that Lee could not shoot his free throws, automatically triggering an end to his night. They finished the second quarter leading the Spurs, 64-55. And I'm sure had there been a Fourth Team, Klay Thompson would have been on it.
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina is fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) as he goes over Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half in Game 3 of the National Basketball Association bas.
"The competitiveness was great, but every time you look up you are playing against four All-Stars so you better be ideal", Popovich said. "It's a helluva team". The Warriors shot 54.8% overall. "The third quarter, I just went out there and played, not worrying about anything", Durant told reporters. The second quarter was the difference, with their opponent outscoring them 35-22 to take a nine-point halftime lead.
When I asked the eternally young Manu Ginobili if he could remember facing a team with more offensive firepower, he said, "Not that I can remember".
Curry had himself a very good shooting night. Their goal was to win four games - not just this one - and that meant avoiding the risk that would come with bringing him back too soon. "They'll probably get up today at about 2 in the afternoon". "We could go down the list and talk about each one individually".
For San Antonio to make Game 4 competitive, they'll need more from LaMarcus Aldridge, who continues to take heat for his non-aggressive playstyle. But Durant stands to make nearly $28 million next season.
Kerr is recovering from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak and Mike Brown has been coaching during his absence, but the reigning NBA Coach of the Year has been attending practices again and addressing the team in the locker room while watching games behind the scenes.
He seems at home in the Bay. It's no longer the Splash Brothers but a full tsunami.
"I'm not anxious about that", he said. As Curry said, it really is quite simple. He got hot, and we just wanted to keep him in the middle of the floor.