"We didn't do anything tricky".
"Whoever has the hot hand", Curry said, "we get him the ball and get out of his way". Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. "He is who he is".
As expected, the Spurs played much better in this one than they did in Game Two, when they trailed by as many as 41 points and never led as the Warriors stomped them from the first minute to the last in embarrassing fashion. The Spurs led by 23 points when Leonard was forced to leave in the third quarter, and they have since been outscored 314-241 by the Warriors. The Warriors know that they should easily beat what's left of this Spurs roster and are going to come out with that killer instinct that can be so overwhelming. Was Pachulia's close out of Leonard a dirty play?
"I'm the same exact guy who was struggling against Memphis", said Ginobili, who scored 21 points in 18 minutes in a loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. On this particular night, it was JaVale McGee's 16 first half points that anchored Golden State long enough to take control against the beaten down Spurs. The San Antonio head coach likened it to "manslaughter", claiming intent didn't matter.
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LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points, shooting 7 of 17 from the field.
The 6-foot-11, 260-pound forward registered 34 points and 12 rebounds, killing the Rockets softly with a variety of low-post moves and an array of mid-range jumpers. Manu Ginobili put on an impressive show, leading the Spurs with 21 points and making some great plays throughout the game. "The fact is that it is just too tough". I'm sorry we're missing the opportunity for a full-strength Spurs to test this team. They were just too much for us today offensively. Instead, we got a series defined by his absence. He had 19 of his 33 points in the third period.
However, the Spurs, with Australian Patty Mills installed as the lead point guard, made the visitors fight for every point and had a four-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Considering San Antonio ranked first in the National Basketball Association during the regular season in three-point shooting percentage (39.1 percent), the Warriors are clearly having a significant negative effect on their long-range attack. These stories are not happy accidents; they're data points in the Warriors' model for success.
Both teams are stacked to the brim with talent: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on the Warriors and LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for the Cavaliers. Lee went straight to the San Antonio locker room and was not able to return to shoot the free throw he earned, meaning he could not return to the game. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich went on a rant the following day and called Pachulia's play "totally unnatural". "I mean, he played forever, and I think part of the reason is because of how well Pop helped him take care of his body". You've got to think, and realize. Golden State remained hot, shooting 59 percent in the first half. "I guess saying that is weird, but we'll be ready for what he brings off the bench for them, for sure".The Rockets had been 3-0 against San Antonio in postseason series, winning in the first round in 1980, the conference semifinals in 1981, and the conference finals in 1995.