Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

When Leonard was attempting a long 2 near the Spurs bench in the third quarter of the Warriors' 113-111 win Sunday, Pachulia rotated over to contest the shot. Shaun Livingston's jumper on the ensuing possession ignited an 11-0 Warriors run in response to take a 44-19 lead with 8:48 left in the half, equaling the Spurs' largest lead in Game 1.

(Monica M. Davey/Pool via AP). If you let them loose, and they get comfortable, they hit four or five threes in a row, and now you're in big trouble. Dedmon got some early floor time, while LaMarcus didn't have a great start and the Warriors lead swelled to 12 midway through the quarter. The Spurs haven't rebounded from a 0-2 deficit to win a playoff series since overcoming the New Orleans Hornets in seven games in the Western semifinals in 2008.

Leonard's status for Saturday's Game 3 of the series remains unknown. It's a lot easier to do that when we don't have everybody that we need to make plays so they can trap a little more on those guys. "So, we know we're not taking their heart", he said after Tuesday's 136-100 rout. The Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs were largely lifeless from the get-go, trailing 33-16 after the opening quarter.

Center Zaza Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion and finished with only four points, one rebound, and two assists in six minutes. “We miss him out there, but hell get healthy and in the meantime its up to the rest of us to stay ready.”. His old coach, Gregg Popovich, believes West has found a flawless fit in the Bay Area alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the others, as hard as it is for Pop to see him in another uniform.

"The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 1.

"It's not what I expected".

"They have never really doubled like that and triple-teamed at times".

POPOVICH: I think we've maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don't think they believed.

“And you have to believe. I didn't know he could pass as well as he does, he's as smart as he is, on and off the court, just a brilliant person, someone who always has your back. With the game out of hand, the Spurs emptied their bench as well and punted the series until Saturday night.

According to Nick Moyle of the San Francisco Chronicle, a man named Juan Vazquez has done the bizarrely unthinkable and has filed a lawsuit against Pachulia and the Warriors, stating in a legal brief that Pachulia "without excuse or justification, intentionally and maliciously invaded the landing zone of an opposing athlete, Kawhi Leonard". There is no easing into any game down there because they're already a risky team, especially being down 0-2 and getting Kawhi back. "Because if we don't we could end up losing the game". "There's nothing else to do".

West always wanted to play for Popovich in San Antonio, then once he'd done so chose to move on to Golden State. Golden State has planned a day off Wednesday, then will practice in the Bay Area on Thursday before flying to Texas.

Only eight other National Basketball Association teams have ever opened a postseason 10-0. "But I have to play through it. Take my shot or try to find an open guy".

"You just want to continue to build good habits, sustain the level of play".

"ZaZa is not a dirty player", Durant said. The team they're playing now, however, isn't those Hornets. Youve got to understand exactly the things that we did better tonight.

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