Warriors drub Spurs to edge closer to NBA Finals spot

San Antonio Spurs La Marcus Aldridge is defended by Golden State Warriors Patrick McCaw right and David West during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday

The Golden State Warriors picked up where they left off, dominating the San Antonio Spurs in game two for a commanding series lead in the Western Conference finals.

"We didn't come back to the bench all excited because Kawhi wasn't out there we knew we had to go out there and take this game", Durant told the Gazette afterwards. "And then think about the history he's had and what that means to a team, what happened last night".

Popovich meanwhile was critical of Aldridge for failing to assume the offensive responsibilities in the absence of Leonard. "The only way I can process this is I think it's not about O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that".

"I don't think he needed to hear it, but just knowing that we all have his back is huge, especially at this juncture with the spotlight and the microscope that everybody's put on him", Curry said. "I'm disappointed. You have to believe". I don't think they started the game with a belief. "And it showed with the lack of edge, intensity, grunt".

"It looked pretty collective to me", he said. If I scoot a little closer, they'll get a little scared because I know I'd get scared. After the game he said it wasn't intentional, that Aldridge was just doing what bigs do. So more than anything, yes, we want the win more than anything else.

"Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas and he and David got into it. That's what I'm anxious for".

Number of three-pointers Golden State hit against San Antonio, with the game's highest scorer, Stephen Curry, accounting for six of them. So it's not surprising Popovich pulled no punches after his team's complete capitulation. He's our go-to guy on our team. "That's how we feel". "He can't be timid". Spurs also had three blocked shots in the first 12 minutes. He can't do it. Scoring's got to come from someplace. They've done a good job of mixing it up.

Coaches in these situations often deflect questions, or reply with stock answers about keeping such discussions in the locker room. "I was trying to make the extra pass, but I have to score, too".

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Duncan was seen working out with Spurs post players LaMarcus Aldridge and Dewayne Dedmon. They were clicking on all cylinders and with Leonard out of the lineup, the Spurs had no chance from the start.

Game three is in San Antonio on Saturday.

A disappointed Popovich deems that as a group, his players never believed they could have won the game. He has experienced a special two-year stretch deep into his successful National Basketball Association career, finding an important role with the Warriors' second unit that strives to take the pressure off while maintaining the high level of the starters.

GREGG POPOVICH: Who gives a damn about what his intent was? He marches to the beat of his own drum while leading this franchise to five championships and 20 consecutive playoff appearances.

With 38.9 seconds left, the Warriors were up 111-106, but Manu Ginobili got a dunk, and Patty Mills stole the ball from Thompson and made two free throws after Thompson fouled him.

"I did whatever I had to do", Pachulia said. "I don't sugar-coat too much. I see the vehicle trying to inch forward, I'm like, 'He's about to get arrested.' I said, 'Pop, this is my own building.' He goes, 'I know, when I saw it was you, I died laughing'". But I don't know. "Whether flattering to them or embarrassing to them, I'm going to say it".

Where was that guy Tuesday night?

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