The Spurs will tip off the best-of-seven series on Sunday afternoon in Oakland against a Golden State Warriors juggernaut that is undefeated in the postseason.
SAN ANTONIO – In case there was any doubt about Kevin Durant’s future with the Warriors, the eight-time All-Star squelched it by reiterating to ESPN’s The Undefeated that he plans to play for Golden State next season.
Leonard suffered a sprained ankle in game 2 against the Golden State Warriors and was not cleared to play in Game 3.
San Antonio kept hanging around, remaining within single digits into the early stages of the fourth quarter.
Gregg Popovich predicted that Golden State stayed out way late after winning Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, celebrating with burgers and sundaes before spending Sunday playing poker.
“They were going to come out and hit us in the mouth”, Durant said of what the Warriors anticipating entering the game. The San Antonio Spurs were the No. 1-ranked defense during the regular season, giving up only 103.5 points per 100 possessions.
San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) watches Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) make a three point basket during the first half of Game 3 of of the Western Conference finals on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in San A.
“I’ve been saying this the whole time – the Spurs are not just going to lay down for us”, Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said. “That didn’t happen. It’s called life. Slap yourself, quit your crying and move on”.
He’s right, of course. It was Aldridge’s best offensive game since May 2, 2016 when he scored 41 points in a playoff win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Waiting is good for you; anticipation heightens the experience when it finally arrives.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Kevin Durant took control of Game 3 with 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter and went 11-of-19 from the floor in the contest to mark his fifth straight postseason game shooting 50 percent or better. They got a lot of pride.
“We leave that to the fans who feel upset”.
“We knew we were going to be able to bounce back at least emotionally today and play a better game”, Ginobili said.
The Warriors have made it look easy, which is their normal. We grouse about what we enjoy the most; we only demand something be ideal if it’s already awesome. These stories are not happy accidents; they’re data points in the Warriors’ model for success.
Pachulia also said the threats have intensified to the point that extra security has been implemented at his children’s school. They won three championships during the George W. Bush administration and added another during when Barack Obama was in the White House.
The Warriors slowly began to pull away in the first part of the third quarter. Twelve wins gets them there.
He had 24 against Portland in Game 3 of the first-round series, shooting a weak 38.1 percent (8 of 21) to get there. You’ve just got to know what your worth is as a player, no matter what. He told the Undefeated that he does not plan on leaving and playing anywhere else. Leonard’s ankle injury has allowed him to play a little more than three quarters in this series, and it has shown on the scoreboard.
Among the 42 National Basketball Association players with 115 or more points in this postseason, the only guy shooting worse than Thompson’s 39.6 percent from the floor is gunner Russell Westbrook, who shot at a 38.8 clip before his Thunder were eliminated.