Gregg Popovich knocks Spurs for 'lack of edge, intensity' in Game 2

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich with guard Dejounte Murray during game 2 of the National Basketball Association western conference finals against Golden State.

And the Spurs had a chance to stun the Warriors in Game 1, but fell apart in the second half without Leonard and wasted away a 25-point lead.

"Steve (Kerr) told our guys we've got to come out and play with a sense of urgency from the beginning". All championship-caliber teams have to go through a vetting process. During the Gregg Popovich era, San Antonio has only been swept twice.

Curry's points haul included six three-pointers as the Warriors all-round offensive power crushed a San Antonio Spurs line-up missing the injured Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.

Leonard has been listed as questionable for Game 3 for the San Antonio Spurs.

"I don't think they believed", Popovich said. "I'm not trying to forecast what I think Boston nor Cleveland should be thinking about". And you have to believe. "And it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunts, all that sort of thing". Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 29 points in the opening period.

Jonathon Simmons scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the lone bright spot for the Spurs.

"Either he's gonna play or he's not", Popovich said. It was down to 20 after a Dwayne Dedmon dunk, but that was as close as San Antonio would get the rest of the game. "All I care about is the next game, and we'll see how they come out". He contributed 28 points in Game 1 but only 8 in Game 2. With Kawhi Leonard out of action and the Warriors smelling blood in the water, they wasted no time becoming the shark on Tuesday night.

"It's fun to watch", Durant said. "I don't know how much it will carry over Game 2 to Game 3 going back to their place", Curry said.

Draymond Green contributed 13 points, a team-high nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots to Golden State's 10th consecutive postseason win this season.

The Warriors also got a strong effort from rookie Patrick McCaw, who had 18 points and five assists off the bench. "So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3".

Golden State is looking for it to keep working for them as they prepare for Game 2 Tuesday at 7:30 pm at Oracle Arena. And then an SUV pulls up, and I hear them over the loud speaker: 'Hey, you, in the Range Rover.

Golden State is 10-0 in these playoffs, and an incredible line of demarcation emerged in this series once Pachulia completed his controversial closeout on Leonard during the third quarter of Game 1. The Spurs go as Leonard goes.

The Spurs shot just 37 per cent from the field and 35 per cent attempting three-pointers.

Aldridge admitted to having a hands-off off style of play during Game 2, but realized afterward that he needs to be his normal aggressive self if the team is to have any shot of coming back during this series. Signed to be Leonard's second-fiddle, Aldridge will need to produce more No. 1 option moments should he wish to propel a Leonard-less Spurs team to a victory in Game 3. Key reserve and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's status was unclear after he missed Game 2 with soreness in his left knee. An X-ray on Pachulia's bruised right heel was clear but he is scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday.

Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown heaped praise on his guard Klay Thompson for the defensive job on Mills.

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