NBA

120
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 29 35 36 20 120
San Antonio 33 22 33 20 108
108
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CTNaN:� , May 20, 2017
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas  Attendance: 18,792

Leonard out as Spurs host Warriors in Game 3

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

  1. The Warriors have won each of their 10 games thus far in the playoffs, and are now one win away from tying the all-time record for consecutive wins to begin a postseason (11) shared by the 1988-89 and 2000-01 Lakers.
  2. The Spurs are down 2-0 in a best-of-7 playoff series for the 10th time in franchise history. They came back to win just one of the previous nine such series, in the 2008 conference semifinals versus the Hornets (won 4-3).
  3. The Spurs' 136-100 loss in Game 2 was their worst playoff loss since losing by 39 to the Lakers in Game 3 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals (111-72), while the 136 points they gave up were their most allowed in the postseason in a non-overtime game since a 141-111 loss to the Nuggets in Game 1 of the 1985 first round.
  4. While Stephen Curry is playing in just the fifth postseason of his career, he already ranks sixth all-time in career playoff three-pointers made with 287. He is six threes away from passing Kobe Bryant (292) for fifth place on the list.
  5. Draymond Green is leading the Warriors in both rebounding (8.9 rpg) and assists (7.1 apg) this postseason, adding 14.1 points per game. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team by national media on Thursday.
  6. Kawhi Leonard is considered questionable for Game 3, after missing Game 2 with an ankle injury. The Spurs are 8-2 playing without Leonard this season, losing only Tuesday's Game 2 and a February 6 game in Memphis.

It is put-up-or-shut-up time for San Antonio when the Spurs face the red-hot Golden State Warriors on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The Spurs will have to do it without star forward Kawhi Leonard, who will miss a second straight game because of his left ankle injury.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement during Saturday morning's shootaround, telling reporters he made the decision to hold out Leonard.

"In the end, I guess it's my decision," Popovich told reporters. "He's not thrilled that he's not playing, but he's not ready."

San Antonio is trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series and has looked completely lost after Leonard reinjured his left ankle midway through the third quarter of Game 1. The Spurs were up by as many as 25 points in that contest before losing 113-111 and then, with Leonard unavailable because of the injury, were steamrolled 136-100 in Game 2.

Both of those games were in Oakland, and the Spurs are hoping that the series shift to the Alamo City will change the momentum even without Leonard for Game 3.

Leonard originally sustained the ankle injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. He is averaging 27.7 points on 52.5 percent shooting, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the postseason.

Leonard said Friday at the Spurs' shootaround that he would be involved in the decision on his playing status.

"I will have a lot of input," Leonard said. "If I feel good, I'm going to play. Part of that is just seeing if I can run and at least be myself on the court. I don't want to hobble around or shoot off-balance shots. I just want to be able to push with both legs."

The Warriors expected Leonard to play Saturday and were readying to handle the boost he and the change of venue could give the Spurs.

"I'm 100 percent sure he's going to play," Golden State's Kevin Durant said after practice Friday. "I haven't talked to anybody, but that's just my gut. It's Game 3 at home, and he's got a few days of rest on that ankle. They're a way better team, obviously, with him on the court. They pose a different threat."

Lost in all the talk about Leonard's injury is Golden State's overall excellent play, especially in Game 2, and the Warriors' ability to step things up when needed. Golden State has won all 10 of its games in the postseason, sweeping Portland and Utah and now taking the first two games from San Antonio.

Warriors acting coach Mike Brown was happy to see his team stroll to an easy win, but understands that things are going to be a lot more difficult moving forward. Game 4 will also be in San Antonio, on Monday, and two Spurs wins would put the series back on track.

"Steve (Kerr) told our guys before Game 2 that we've got to come out and play with a sense of urgency from the beginning," Brown said of his ailing boss' address to the team in the locker room before the game. "Give all of our guys credit. That was the message to the team afterward, too, going into Game 3.

"Think Game 1 was tough?" Brown added. "Oh, down in San Antonio, it's going to be more than a dogfight. Game 3 is going to be tough for us."

Not everything has gone the Warriors' way in this series. San Antonio outrebounded Golden State 49-40 in Game 2, and the Spurs' 22 offensive rebounds were the most the Warriors have surrendered in any game this season. San Antonio also had a significant rebounding advantage in the first two quarters of Game 1 before Leonard's injury.

Golden State's Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) are listed as questionable for Saturday's Game 3. Iguodala participated in practice Friday and appears closer to a return than Pachulia at this point.

Updated May 20, 2017


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