Warriors rout Leonard-less Spurs to edge closer to NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, shoots past San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Well, that and Kawhi Leonard being out. "Once we settled in, as opposed to trying to get it all back in one play, it started working for us".

Leonard reinjured his left ankle last Sunday during the second half of San Antonio's 113-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 1.

"A two-step, lead-with-your-foot closeout is not appropriate", he said. It's unsafe. It's unsportsmanlike. "Everything else, you just work on what you want to work on". "And this particular individual has a history with that kind of action". Shortly after, Pachulia slid toward Leonard as he took a shot and the Spurs star fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle.

"Just seeing if I can run and at least be myself on the court", Leonard said. "I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done". "So I didn't see what happened there".

They remember watching the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate at Oracle after a Game 7 win in the 2016 Finals. My approach to this game for the 14 years I've been in this league is to play hard and give 100 per cent of whatever I have.

But Popovich wasn't buying any defence from Pachulia about lack of intent. Right now! You heard the officer! All I care about is what I saw. "I think (his preparation) was as well as it can go".

Leonard was injured when he landed on the foot of Warriors' center Zaza Pachulia. "Just depends on how the ankle heals", Popovich said. LaMarcus is not a dirty player.

"You hope that he's ready and he can help us", Ginobili said.

Kevin Durant added 16 points and Draymond Green provided another strong all-around performance with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

After sweeping Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio took a 2-0 lead over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

After two matches, the Warriors have won their games by two-points and 36-points respectively.

Curry also contributed seven assists and seven rebounds to put the Warriors just two wins away from reaching a third consecutive NBA Finals in the best-of-seven series. He made all 11 of his free throws.

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a risky and unsportsmanlike play. "But this is crap".

  • Julie Sanders