Nearly arrested? Mike Brown was just trying to get to Game 2

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Pau Gasol didn't mince words about the Spurs' mindset heading into Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, which they trail 2-0.

The first two games of the Western Conference Finals couldn't have been more different for the Golden State Warriors.

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Warriors forward Zaza Pachulia, who accidentally knocked Leonard down in Game 1 causing him to re-aggravate the ankle, left the game with a heel injury. His Spurs had just fallen into a two-games-to-none deficit with Game 3 coming Saturday night.

Leonard, particularly, had never been playing better at the time of his injury.

They're up 2-0 in this series, and the Warriors are better, especially if and when the Spurs don't have Kawhi Leonard on the floor-and Leonard wasn't out there for Game 2 on Tuesday, so the revelation was not surprising.

The seeds of the Warriors' current 26-game tear were planted after a three-game skid in March that included a 13-point loss to Eastern Conference finalist Boston on March 8, a one-point loss in Minnesota March 10 and a 22-point loss in San Antonio a day later. We've seen the Celtics perimeter players do some big things in these playoffs, though, and they've gotten surprisingly strong contributions from their bigs as well, so this could be a competitive series.

"Somebody's got to teach him if the California Highway Patrol tells you to move, you move over, " Popovich said.

A quick aside: In an ironic twist, Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion early Tuesday night and may not play 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.

THORPE: You want to make that player think of you as you're shooting the ball, not focus on his form, without any risk for a fouling.

Steph Curry would go on to score 40 points and Durant finished with 34.

In the wake of that Game 1 mishap and Popovich's rant, one Spurs fan filed a lawsuit against the Warriors because of the play and Pachulia received a couple of Twitter death threats.

"It's not what I expected".

Leonard had been gold haired and charging up a roaring spirit bomb, ready to take on the World-Destroying Warriors when he got hurt.

"The only way I can process this is I think it's not about the O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that".

POPOVICH: I think we've maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don't think they believed.

"And you have to believe". If you want to see an example lineup, you can find it on the final slide of the post, but I suggest you adjust your lineup to fit your personal taste. For now, the time off until Saturday's game three should help Kawhi Leonard heal, but it won't end debate about what the National Basketball Association should do to ensure jump shooters have happy landings. "We can't ease into the game", Brown said of his ailing boss' address to the team in the locker room before the game. That's just the way we always feel. "There's nothing else to do". 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.

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