Four takeaways after two games against the Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs will start Rudy Gay tonight in Game 2 of their series against the Golden State Warriors.

Kawhi Leonard hasn't suited up for a game for San Antonio since being diagnosed with a re-aggravated quadriceps injury in the regular season. Can the Silver and Black stop them at home, though?

He will be reevaluated Saturday, pushed back from last Saturday, but head coach Steve Kerr has long maintained Curry will not be featuring against the Spurs, even if the series gets extended past four games. Assistant Ettore Messina will coach the team. After Iguodala won Finals MVP honors in 2015, coincidentally by being elevated into the starting lineup in Game 4 of that series, he has become nearly strictly a made-for-the-playoffs player. The Warriors were in control from the start and were never seriously threatened by a severely overmatched Spurs team. "I know we compete every night". It's very, very emotional.

For the Spurs, too much has been left to too few (LeMarcus Aldridge), and their defense has been unable to contain the firepower of Golden State.

The Warriors are known for playing solid defense and their effort helped contribute to the Spurs rough shooting in game 2.

"You'll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question", the coach said Sunday, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. Roll with the home team here and if you have enough guts, maybe make a moneyline bet.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Embiid practiced some Wednesday, so he wouldn't completely rule him out. He did some contact (work), it's progressing. But if Washington wants a real chance at pulling off an upset, the dumb plays and mental breaks need to stop, starting in Game 2. He has been fitted for a new mask, which is most encouraging.

After going 11-of-13 in all of Game 1, it only took Thompson to miss two shots in just over six minutes.

By winning twice on the road, the surprising Pelicans, seeded sixth in the Western Conference, positioned themselves to upset the No. 3 seed Trail Blazers. "That's why they are who they are". Iguodala had a quiet Game 1, but had a significant impact in Game 2 with 14 points along with seven rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes of the 116-101 victory.

These he can only offer moral support.

Some of those struggles should be credited to an unbelievable defensive performance from Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who proved why he's gotten a lot of love over the past couple weeks for all-defensive team honors. Mills, who averaged 8.3 attempts during the regular season, and 8.8 during the last postseason, only took the shot 5 times in this game. Thompson and Durant will again combine for 50-plus points, and will lead the Warriors to a 3-0 series lead with a 111-103 win.

"It was probably a miscommunication when we met before the game", Kerr said of Harlan's report.

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