Spurs' Kawhi Leonard ruled out for Game 2 vs Warriors
15 Mai, 2017, 23:56 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
It's hard to envision a team that won 73 games and came within one victory of a second consecutive National Basketball Association championship needing to add a player of Durant's caliber, but Sunday's 113-111 victory over San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was not only Golden State's first challenge of these National Basketball Association playoffs, but a validation of the Curry-Durant pairing. "I wouldn't call it smooth sailing at all". "I'm sure most people don't really know, and I'll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe".
Unfortunately for Spurs Nation, it wasn't meant to be. He sustained a recurrence of his left ankle injury after torching Golden State for 26 points in 24 minutes. Or else, Leonard kicked out a pass to Danny Green for an open 3-pointer.
For the Spurs big performances from LaMarcus Aldridge - 28 points and eight rebounds - and Manu Ginobili, who had 17 points off the bench were not enough to overcome the absence of their talismanic forward Kawhi. It'll be interesting to see which strategy the Warriors choose to implement in Game 2 to secure another win and jump out to a 2-0 series lead.
"Steph got us going in the third, I just tried to do my part in the fourth", Durant said. We weren't willing to take ugly shots. "But hopefully he plays next game and his ankle gets better, but it wasn't intentional at all". The Warriors were 11 of 30 from beyond the arc and outscored the Spurs 33-21 on three-pointers. Leonard shot two free throws then left the game for good.
"It's the playoffs. You've got to expect everything", Curry said. Here are five other incredible tidbits that may be plumbed from the Game 1 result. Reserve forward Jonathon Simmons finished with 12 points and knocked down 2 of 3 shots from the 3-point line.
The next sequence the Spurs managed three offensive rebounds before scoring. Before the Leonard injury the Warriors were shooting a uncharacteristic 40 per cent from the field - this rocketed up to 58 per cent after Leonard left the game.
The Spurs might have held on.
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As Leonard attempted a three-pointer, Pachulia's foot came under Leonard's as he landed, causing the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to roll his ankle.
- Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 14, 2017The more I think about what Zaza did to Kawhi, and GSt's lucky long rebounds and Curry's late lucky shot, IT MAKES ME EVEN SICKER. "It's hard to tell (about Tuesday)". He missed the shootaround the following morning and that night's game, then also Game 4 and the entire Utah series - and Kerr didn't travel to Salt Lake City while seeking answers on his health. We've played fairly well in the playoffs. and we're up 23 points in the third quarter against Golden State, and Kawhi goes down like that.
Folks on Twitter seemed to agree more with the National Basketball Association executive than with Leonard and thought the play was dirty.
And it is Durant who will benefit the most if Leonard is unable to play. "We're not that type of team". I wish it didn't happen. "Play a team like that, can't make the mistakes we made". If Leonard misses even one game, the Spurs are likely looking at the end of their season.
Golden State immediately went on an 18-0 run after Leonard left.
Forget being able to beat them: The Spurs are the only team capable of routinely building 20-point leads against the otherwise steamrolling Warriors. For a brief second, Golden State's championship aspirations seemed to be in jeopardy. Coach Mike Brown said afterward the injury is not serious.
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