Only one Spurs player shows up in Game 2 beatdown by Warriors

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Zaza Pachulia will no doubt get a nasty reaction from fans in San Antonio during Game 3 on Saturday, but his Warriors teammates have been reassuring him this week after being so scrutinized following the Game 1 play that resulted in Spurs star Kawhi Leonard severely spraining his left ankle.

Stephen Curry was especially sharp from long distance on Tuesday.

To watch the Spurs in Game 2 was to see a team still feeling sorry for itself after blowing a 25-point lead in Sunday's 113-111 loss in the series opener.

All of it together produced a 36-point win, which is the second largest playoff victory in franchise history and the largest since the Philadelphia Warriors won a playoff game by 39 way back in 1948.

The only player he exempted from this analysis was Jonathan Simmons, who replaced Leonard in the starting lineup and finished with 22 points in 25 minutes.

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San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon, center, dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. "I see the auto trying to inch forward, I'm like, 'He's about to get arrested.' I said, 'Pop, this is my own building.' He goes, 'I know, when I saw it was you, I died laughing'". But Golden State blitzed Aldridge from all angles in Game 2 and the Spurs are scrambling to find their identity with both Leonard and Parker out with injuries. "I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done".

The Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Warriors Game 2 will air on ESPN, which means it will be available to live stream online on flagship streaming app - WatchESPN. Belief can prevent this level of embarrassment, but in its present state San Antonio clearly struggles to master Golden State's multiplicity of weapons.

KD deprived us of him and Russell Westbrook trying to get revenge against the Warriors for their own 2016 3-1 series collapse, instead turning the other half of the playoff bracket into a barren hellscape just as devoid of entertainment as the Eastern Conference. You have to believe. "He goes, 'Mike, I didn't know that was you, '" Brown recalled.

Popovich made himself a little part of this on Monday, whether he wants to say so or not, when he issued his blistering prosecution of Zaza Pachulia's "dangerous" play that injured Leonard in Game 1.

At the root of the destruction was a locked in Warriors defense, sensing blood without San Antonio's best playmaker in the building. The game came and went almost too quickly for the human eye, and the rest of the night was just a matter of waiting for the Inevitable Express to pull into the station. "That's just being a lot more alert defensively to start and just making them work". "Luckily we had Kawhi who was going through the roof". You've got to understand exactly the things that we did better tonight.

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