Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

Rachel Hardy
May 16, 2017

But it also could be argued that Pachulia's "unnatural" play may have cost the Spurs the series.

The Warriors did not play a clean game. "I had to challenge the shot".

"We've had a pretty damn good season". We are angry and the opposite happened. You go back and watch the film, they're both identical: "two guys shooting the ball, two big guys going out to contest, they slide under the shooter a little bit - neither one I think on goal - and one happens to land on one's foot and the other one doesn't". "We'll see tomorrow and the next day".

Earlier this season, Lue, known for his smart strategies and defensive game plans created to eliminate the opponent's best option, also voiced his displeasure with the amount of favorable calls given to offensive players.

There aren't a lot of ways to dress that up as a battle cry.

Leonard landed awkwardly after Pachulia defended one of his jump shots during the third quarter of Sunday's Game 1 loss. Despite grimacing with pain, Leonard return to the free throw line to make both of his foul shots.

It was not more complicated than that.

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"You think so? Did you notice that?" It inspired many to berate Pachulia over social media for what they viewed as a dirty play. Nobody said Option A and Pachulia offered Option C ("I'm not good enough to be targeting anybody; it was a total accident"), but repeated viewings suggest Option B as the correct answer.

Losing Leonard could be a story of this series. "They're irrational." And he has a point.

Could the Warriors have won anyway?

For a full game, we couldn't find opposing starters who missed any time against the Warriors during the 2016 postseason except for a single game from Kevin Love. Adding Durant wasn't unfair in a rich-get-richer sense, it was unfair because if they are clicking, Durant and Curry are capable of generating so much offense - from behind the arc, as playmakers, from the post, in transition, with a hand in their faces. However, Sunday's injury wasn't an aggravation of the previous one, per reports. No. Andre Iguodala played only 10 minutes and sat out the entire fourth quarter and Curry injured his hand, but you saw how much that mattered. But even if can play, he can only guard one of them.

Possibly more, depending on what the MRI reveals. The Warriors missed their first five 3-point attempts, and looked like a team coming out of a week off and psyched they didn't spend it in Utah.

And the ever-popular "Will Steve Kerr come back to coach in this series?" Aside from Stephen Curry, who nailed seven 3's to lead all scorers with 40 points, the Warriors underwhelmed from beyond the arc as Klay Thompson hit 1-3 and Kevin Durant just 2-8. It will get plenty of attention given his importance to San Antonio's chances of upsetting the Warriors. Ginobili may seem borderline inconsolable now, but his honesty should not be confused for impending doom.

The Warriors just had to get their defense together.

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