I've been doing my best to stay positive on LaMarcus Aldridge, but after after the Game 2 blowout the San Antonio Spurs (minus Kawhi Leonard) received at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, Gregg Popovich let the cat out of the bag and said that his starting power forward "can't be timid".
Kawhi Leonard reinjured his ankle in Game 1 and missed Game 2. Since then, the Spurs have been outscored 194-133 by the Warriors, who hold a 2-0 series lead.
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Vasquez is arguing that, by injuring Leonard, Pachulia caused him financial harm as a Spurs season-ticket holder, one who "expects that members of the team he supports will not be targeted for injury", as quoted in the lawsuit filing, which you should read in its absurd entirety. No one has figured out the blue print to stop the juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors in this year's playoffs, but if there was one man to do it, it would be future Hall of Fame Greg Popovich.
That was the third time in two games for that injured ankle and that injury took him out for the remainder the game.
The Spurs, who led by 23 points in the third quarter when Leonard left the game, lost Game 1. The Spurs looked lifeless from the start, trailing by as many as 41 points as Golden State raced to its largest margin of victory in a playoff game in 69 years. We know they're probably going to be full strength in Game 3 and be ready to play us.
The schedule comes in and helps us out, guard Shaun Livingston said. At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court.
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Pachulia is listed as day-to-day with a bruised right heel suffered in Game 2. He visited the Warriors locker room after the game, then admitted that a possible Celtics-Warriors matchup in the NBA Finals would be a bit too much to bear. "We all need to come out with that type of edge, that type of attitude in order to play with these guys". We're eight games away from our ultimate goal. The Warriors are still waiting for Klay Thompson to get into a flow offensively and join Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and a motivated supporting cast (the bench produced a season-high 63 points in Game 2).
"It's not what I expected".
"I mean, Zaza is my teammate", he said. "I'm disappointed. The only way I can process this is.it's not about O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that". "I'm disappointed. You have to believe". "So, you know, we talked about it during the game, halftime, after the game, because I think the truth always sets you free".
Leonard's status for Saturday's Game 3 of the series remains unknown.
"They came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and they played that way for 48 minutes", acting Warriors head coach Mike Brown told reporters.
Game two was no contest for the Warriors. You can't sugarcoat it or - if we had just made a couple shots, we could have been right there. "There's nothing else to do".
Game 3 is set for Saturday night in San Antonio, meaning Leonard will have almost a whole week's rest from Game 1 before the contest is set to tip-off. Practices over the next two days will nearly certainly dictate whether that happens.