It was a night where the Golden State Warriors saw it all too easy in the Western Conference Finals. Without Kawhi Leonard in the line-up for San Antonio the Warriors ran away in game two with a 36-point victory. The lead would be as high as 41 points while the Spurs never led the entire game.
The prolific shooting of the Warriors made a showing as they shot 18-of-37 (48.6-percent) from three. Stephen Curry finished with a game high 6-of-9 from the three-point line while pouring in 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assist. Curry led the way for the second straight game this series. Seven Warrior players scored in double digits as the bench chipped in with 63 points. Fill-in Head Coach Mike Brown took advantage of the big lead by playing a rotation of 13-players. Rookie Patrick McCaw led all scorers off the bench with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The Warriors finished the game shooting 56-percent from the field overall.
The Spurs had no answer defensively and on offense. They appeared as a whole new team with Leonard in the line-up. San Antonio shot 37-percent from the field (34-percent from three). The defense allowed the Warriors to scored at least 30 points or more in each of the four quarters played in game two. Jonathon Simmons led the wayy for the Spurs with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. The only other Spur scoring in double figures was David Bertans who scored 13 points off the bench in the blow-out.
LaMarcus Alridge the other appointed star player for San Antonio would only manage eight points on 4-of-11 shooting and four rebounds. The starting five for the Spurs would shoot 18-of-46 (39-percent) and looked deflated playing without their All-Star Forward. Greg Popovich stated his team needed to get “slapped” after the way they lost game two.
The Warriors remain undefeated in the playoffs as they move to 10-0 at this point. Leonard’s status for game three remains in limbo as the Spurs will consider the long-term health of their star.
Game three is in San Antonio on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM EST on ESPN.