Spurs rule Leonard out for Game 4 vs. Warriors

Spurs rule Leonard out for Game 4 vs. Warriors

The Warriors' depth and talent settled things early.

The Warriors surge into the Finals with 12 straight wins, and 27 in their past 28 outings dating back to March. You want to know how we feel about it.

Spurs leading scorer Kawhi Leonard will not play Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors with San Antonio on the brink of elimination.

If there is anything that can stop, or even slow, Golden State on the way to its third straight trip to the NBA Finals, it hasn't been found yet by the three teams the Warriors have faced so far in the playoffs.

But that is of little effect to the Cavaliers heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena tonight, not when there are far loftier goals still left to accomplish.

"I don't until somebody asks me about it", James said. By going to the uber-talented Warriors, he knew he would be giving up playing time and shots. "You have to figure it out and give what you've got".

Curry added 21 points and became the franchise leader in postseason points, passing Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

"You expect to make shots, you expect to shoot well no matter what zip code you're in", Curry said. We're a money-hungry, money-driven society and I think that's on the minds of a lot of folks ...

The Spurs didn't play like it was over Monday night - while the Warriors would hit threes and go on runs, the Spurs would answer back never let them completely pull away. "It wouldn't be easy, regardless".

That put San Antonio on the brink of being swept in this series, with Gregg Popovich's troops dramatically hampered by loss of Kawhi Leonard.

"I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose", Durant said.

Stephen Curry leads the way in Game 4 with 36 points and six assists. Kevin Durant said as much after Saturday's win in Game 3.

On Monday, that lead sat in double-digits nearly the entirety of the night, as the Warriors went 18-of-21 in the paint in the first half.

Unsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with "Manu, Manu" chants as the game came to a close. The Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year on May 22, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 129-115. But the Spurs shot the ball fairly decent in game three, scoring 108 points despite making just five threes. The only other team that won more games was the Golden State Warriors, who clinched the conference, with a record of 67-15. Kevon Looney (left hip strain) has not played in the postseason. Kevin Love suffered a season-ending shoulder separation on the controversial tangle with Boston's Kelly Olynyk in Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round sweep. "He's not thrilled he's not playing, but he's not ready.".

"You don't look ahead, you don't take a team lightly", Warriors guard Shaun Livingston told me after practice Sunday.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting after stressing it was imperative for him to score following Leonard's injury.

"Hopefully a lot of people watch tonight", he said.

Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them.



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