The Warriors Improve To 2-0 Over The Spurs
Tuesday the NBA Playoffs took form in the Western Conference Finals. The San Antonio Spurs and The Golden State Warriors battled it out for a playoff victory. The Spurs were looking to tie the series 1-1 while the Warriors were trying to take a 2-0 lead.
San Antonio entered the game without their MVP-candidate Kawhi Leonard due to injury. Then, they had to rely upon their max-contract player, LaMarcus Aldridge. He would have to show up to even give the Spurs a chance.
But they still stood no chance. They were facing a Warriors team fully loaded with star power. Also, they were coming off of a game one victory.
Kevin Durant didn’t have to do much. He added 16 points. Then their contender for defensive player of the year, Draymond Green showed up. He dropped 13 points but added nine rebounds with two blocks and steals.
In Associated Press Durant explain why they had complete control.
“That’s just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch,” Durant said. “Unlike Game 1 we did that tonight. We know they’re a little undermanned but they still play extremely hard, so we knew we couldn’t come out here and relax and think they were just going to give us the game. We had to go take it.”
The Warriors would have seven players score in double-figure with three being on the bench. Patrick McCaw notched 18 points and five dimes.
Now, unlike Golden State, San Antonio only had one decent performance. Johnathon Simmons scored a high 22 points for his team with 17 coming in first half. Their supposedly star, Aldridge only had eight points and four rebounds. His subpar efforts are becoming a norm for the team.
“It looked pretty collective to me. I don’t think it was one guy who didn’t believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. As a group they just let themselves down,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free. You can’t sugarcoat it or say ’if we had just made a couple shots we’d have been right there. That’s pretty lame. So, call it like it is. We didn’t come to play. We felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are.”
The win makes the Warriors 10-0 in the playoffs this year. The way they are winning makes many wonder why did the NBA even have it this year.
The next game will be in San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs will try to regroup and win a game this series.