The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge was particularly terrible, scoring just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. The play that knocked Leonard out of the game and helped Golden State's huge rally in Game 1 of the series is one the National Basketball Association started cracking down on four seasons ago in an effort to protect jump shooters.
Coach Steve Kerr was back on the court for the Warriors' light workout - they met, watched film and ran through a few sets on the floor - after attending the game and providing a halftime talk with his team down by 20.
Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green was happy with the way they performed in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Golden State will need Iguodala if they advance to the NBA Finals. If I scoot a little closer, they'll get a little scared, because I know I'd get scared.
"I can't jump really high anyway", the Spurs' Australian point guard said.
The Spurs are going to be playing tonight without Kawhi Leonard in this one, which basically spells doom for San Antonio.
Thomas' effort in Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Final against the Los Angeles Lakers likely goes down as the most memorable performance with a sprained ankle, even though it came in a losing cause.
Leonard injured his ankle in the first-game loss after he landed on Zaza Pachulia's foot as he went up for a three-point shot. Popovich said. "Have you ever heard of manslaughter?" Of course, the exact order is open to discussion but you get the idea. Without their best player and leading scorer, it's going to be a major up-hill battle for the Spurs to come away with a victory and tie up the series.
Iguodala sat out the second half of Sunday's Game 1 win with left knee soreness.
Leonard had an MRI on Monday, and Popovich had no timetable for when his star player would be able to return to action.
That hasn't translated to big-time statistical production, but he did his part during the regular season with averages of 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Brown said he did the right thing by just cooperating. "I think a lot of people wanted to see Boston and the Lakers back in the day, so I think nowadays, a lot of people want to see Golden State-Cavs". You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you end up killing somebody, but may have not meant to do that. Once the Warriors got motivated in Game 1, they ramped up the defensive pressure. Game 1 was a prime example, KD was largely held in check in the first half. The Warriors notched their fourth 30-assist game this postseason.