Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs needed to come out with guns blazing after the heartbreaking loss in Game 1, but they came out flat and absolutely paid for it as they found themselves down by double digits in a blink of an eye.
The San Antonio Spurs were dismantled by the Golden State Warriors, 136-100 in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Stephen Curry led the way, scoring 29 points on thirteen shots in only 30 minutes.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Pachulia's play "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike." "We can't allow them to get off to the start they had last game".
On Wednesday, a San Antonio judge denied a request by Juan Vazquez, who a day earlier filed a civil suit seeking a temporary restraining order against Pachulia that would have prevented him from playing in the Western Conference Finals, according to ABC's KSAT-12. After dropping 40 points and seven 3s in Game 1, Curry made four first quarter 3s on Tuesday night, scoring 15 of Golden State's 33 points. No one has figured out the blue print to stop the juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors in this year's playoffs, but if there was one man to do it, it would be future Hall of Fame Greg Popovich. "That's just my mindset right now, just trying to get better". The Spurs seemed much slower compared to the home-court Warriors. "He said: 'How do you know?' I said there's a police escort with motorcycles in front of them".More news: Facebook, Messenger and Instagram testing cross-app notifications
The Spurs get three days off to lick their wounds and hope that Leonard, who sprained an injured left ankle in Game One, can be ready for Game Three on Saturday.
"The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing", Popovich said. "That's just being a lot more alert defensively to start and just making them work". It showed in the lack of edge, intensity.
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. They won it all two years ago against Cleveland, and lost it to them last year in seven games, the first National Basketball Association championship for the Cavs' franchise. The last time they lost a series when up 2-0 was against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1969 Western semifinals.
We knew this game was over in the first quarter. He joins Andre Iguodala, who missed Game 2 with a left knee contusion, as the second Warriors' rotation player on the injury list.
"They came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and they played that way for 48 minutes", acting Warriors coach Mike Brown said. I just wanted to try to take advantage of the digging on me and doubling in the baseline and doubling from the middle too.