Golden State Warriors acting coach Mike Brown had the last laugh on Tuesday after a pre-game confrontation with traffic police who failed to recognize him as they escorted the San Antonio Spurs to Game 2.
The Warriors outscored the Spurs - which led by as many as 25 points on Sunday's contest - 58-33 after Leonard left the Game 1, going on an 18-0 run and holding on for a 113-111 win and 1-0 lead.
Golden State shot 67 percent in the first half and set a franchise playoff record with 23 assists to open up a 72-44 lead.
Jonathon Simmons scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the lone bright spot for the Spurs.
Curry and the Warriors will be on the road next to face the Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, for Game 3.
"I think he'll be booed pretty badly", said Draymond Green. It goes onto say that the incident "devastated the quality of the Spurs' chances of being competitive and having additional games in their home arena, both in the Western Conference Finals and also potentially in the NBA Finals" and also negatively affected "the value of the tickets purchased by plaintiff subsequent to their purchase".
"I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and to get something done, whether it's for himself or teammates".
The Warriors rarely start two straight games poorly, so you figured they'd be locked in to open Game 2.
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.
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"And you have to believe".
Popovich had no guess about Leonard's status for Game 3, saying it would likely be decided as late as Friday or Saturday. But I don't know.
At the root of the destruction was a locked in Warriors defense, sensing blood without San Antonio's best playmaker in the building.
There does not seem to be much more that needs to be said, or done, except to finish off this series with two more victories and then head to the NBA Finals. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich fanned the flames on the situation on Monday, going on a tirade regarding Pachulia's actions calling them "dangerous", and bringing up his history of being involved in questionable incidents.
"We're down 2-0 and this game is critical for us".
Although Leonard will have five days to rest his ankle before Game 3, his return is hardly a slam dunk.
"You're a wounded animal and you should come out with everything you've got". "You don't want to give them any reason and any life".
"It's just not what anybody does to anybody else", Popovich said.