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Kawhi Leonard's injury turned Warriors-Spurs into another viewing nightmare

Kawhi Leonard's injury turned Warriors-Spurs into another viewing nightmare

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will travel with the team to San Antonio for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry signals after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Jonathon Simmons scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the lone bright spot for the Spurs. San Antonio trailed 33-16 after one quarter and 72-44 at halftime.

The Spurs started the second half with much better energy and focus and began to slice into the lead, despite still having trouble hitting shots.

Curry used 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to lead seven Warriors scorers in double figures. The Spurs offense, already severely compromised, scored just five points in the first 4:04 of the final period. "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are". The bench poured in 63 points, including a 18 from rookie Patrick McCaw.

"Flat out simple to understand, teams that are down 0-2 come out and play with far more desperation than they do for other games", Childs says of the theory behind this trend.

"You always try to build momentum and sustain it, for sure", Curry told reporters.

The Spurs provided no indication either way Thursday regarding Leonard's potential return, while his teammates played coy when asked about the situation.

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Iguodala had an MRI on Monday that showed no serious damage after he was limited to 10 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 win.

Pachulia left Tuesday's game with a bruised right heel.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala left the game with left knee soreness.

Popovich had no guess about Leonard's status for Game 3, saying it would likely be decided as late as Friday or Saturday. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets.

"I don't think they believed", Popovich said.

San Antonio isn't ready to let this best-of-seven series get away as it shifts home. "It's going well, as well as it can go", center Pau Gasol said.

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a risky and unsportsmanlike play. Youve got to understand exactly the things that we did better tonight. "That's what I know".

Brown spent part of last season working unofficially alongside Popovich and is now coaching Golden State in place of the ailing Kerr, who attended practice Saturday for the first time in more than three weeks as he recovers from his latest procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak that left him dealing with debilitating symptoms.


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