Highlights of Tuesday's NBA game

"It's going well, as well as it can go", center Pau Gasol said at Thursday's practice, via ESPN.

The San Antonio Spurs desperately need MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard on the court for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

Game 3 is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the AT&T Center. Meanwhile, the Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Finals games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on three or more days' rest. We're eight games away from our ultimate goal. 'Listen, I'm just trying to get to the game, I'm late'. "We had to go take it".

The 36-point Warriors' win is second to a 39-point victory for Philadelphia at St. Louis on April 6, 1948.

The Spurs scored the first six points of the second half, capped by Simmons' two free throws to cut the lead to 72-50.

"It looked pretty collective to me".

"I don't know if the only, but one of the very few who came to play... he played to win".

"Either he's gonna play or he's not", Popovich said. "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free".

"Bigs just try to contest shots and sometimes that stuff may happen", Durant said. We didn't come to play. We felt sorry for ourselves. Part of that is because the game was out of hand for the entire final three quarters, but that's the vicious cycle you play with the Warriors.

"I'm just focused on getting healthy and getting ready to play for Game 3", Leonard said. Leonard leaving in the third stanza of Game 1 has defined this series thus far.

Pachulia left Tuesday's game with a bruised right heel.

Just how valuable is Kawhi Leonard to the Spurs?

The Golden State Warriors have continued their flawless run through the playoffs to get within two victories of their third straight NBA Finals appearance.

The bench contributed a season-best 63 points. Accordingly, the national media nearly unanimously predicted the Golden State Warriors would prevail in the best of 7 series of the NBA Western Conference Finals.

Shaun Livingston scored in double figures for the first time this post-season with 10 points for Golden State. San Antonio has struggled mightily to generate easy offense, as they don't have any talented shot-creators on the floor with Leonard and point guard Tony Parker injured.

"It's still not ready", he told reporters Friday.

"I have no idea. That's just being a lot more alert defensively to start and just making them work". But, I mean, it's just questionable for tomorrow. They will meet the Spurs again on Saturday, May 20, in San Antonio.

Early in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the game was already over. Both Kerr and Brown emphasized a better start on both ends in Game 2 to control the tempo from the opening tip.

Golden State had trailed by as many as 25 in the series opener before rallying for a two-point win. The Warriors notched their fourth 30-assist game this postseason.

  • Zachary Reyes