Remember when Durant signed with Golden State last summer, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed one of his selling points, that the game would come easier to Durant in Oakland? In a good offensive rhythm and in control of the pace, the Spurs went on a slow, methodical 25-8 run of to take a 30-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Kawhi Leonard's ankle looked fine from the start, as he hit a driving pull-up jumper on the Spurs first make and later a high-flying dunk. Nobody said Option A and Pachulia offered Option C ("I'm not good enough to be targeting anybody; it was a total accident"), but repeated viewings suggest Option B as the correct answer. "I didn't notice that he was down until I turned back actually".
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has a simple game plan for his Australian point guard Patty Mills and the rest of the National Basketball Association team to follow against the Golden State Warriors.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his team's basic defensive approach to the Warriors is "Pray" and Argentine guard Manu Ginobili played up Golden State's favored role. Leanord suffered an ankle injury in game 5 verse the rockets and did not play in their final game, which was a blowout. "But it's hard to tell right now, I definitely couldn't go in that last third quarter". The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. Dejounte Murray was Pop's immediate replacement once Parker went down with injury, and he's a far better option to run around with Curry.
The Spurs head into the West finals with plenty of momentum themselves after dismantling the Houston Rockets by 39 points (114-75) on the road Thursday night, clinching the conference semifinal series in six games. The Spurs are listed at +675 to win this series, which is the largest dog that any Popovich team has been in any playoff series in his 20 years of coaching in the postseason. "We've got to be able to win the possession game against them. They pulled out the last one in the fourth quarter when we were at home", Leonard said.
Pachulia was also asked for his reaction to those who might have thought it was a dirty play.
So now we get to the postseason with millions of fans hoping to see both teams at full strength. Kawhi's an unbelievable player. It took us a minute to figure it out to get up to that game speed after this little break. He's been a reliable guy in Popovich's system, filling roles as a starter and as a bench player.