It always seemed as if the Warriors were in control though. So were Klay Thompson's 31. After the Spurs absorbed a lopsided 92-113 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference quarterfinals playoffs Sunday, he was never expected to be in great mood. Unfortunately for all Spurs fans, the Warriors shot the lights out and pulled away late in the third and into the fourth.
The Spurs effectively pounded the ball down low in the first half and outscored the Warriors 22-10 in points in the paint.
Condolences to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who lost his wife, Erin, to a long illness Wednesday.
Meanwhile, according to the San Antonio Business Journal, the team's local TV ratings have cratered and national ratings are down 43 percent. So, Durant responded in the second half by posting 13 points, while going 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Embiid has already been ruled out of Game 2, however, so Whiteside's role should be limited Monday night.
Over the course of those two games, McGee has averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 17.5 minutes.
Pressure is on: Oddly, it's probably more on the Warriors than the Spurs. But it could not stop Durant or Thompson from thriving as scorers, despite their initial hiccups.
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Given how in flux Cleveland's rotations have been all season, the guess here is that there will be plenty of changes in Game 2 (not including a potential George Hill injury).
LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points for the visiting team and Rudy Gay was promoted to the starting lineup and finished with 12 points.
Durant, who surpassed Julius Irving for 22nd place on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list (3,104), offered a blend of mid-range jumpers and 3-point attempts along with six rebounds and six assists. Even without Stephen Curry, the Warriors have plenty of firepower to win a playoff game on the road. Durant has 28 for Golden State. The Spurs know that if they can win game 3 then they begin to put some pressure back on the Warriors.
Remember the days when the Warriors had no chance against San Antonio? But the tables have been turned.
The playoffs are underway, and it should surprise nobody to see that the Warriors have kicked things up a gear. "Won 10, 11 in a row in this building and their season is on the line".
An Eastern Conference executive said Leonard shouldn't be punished for getting a second opinion from his own doctors, even after team doctors cleared him.