Warriors Take Commanding 3-0, Leonard Remains Out for Spurs
The Golden State Warriors are now just one win shy of advancing to their third straight NBA Finals after taking out the undermanned San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 by a score of 120-108.
With Kawhi Leonard still nursing a sprained ankle, the Spurs may just choose to sit him out of Game 4 if he is not at 100% because you know, why even bother? The Spurs have simply not been able to match up with the Warriors versatility all series long – not many teams have. Now as San Antonio look onward to Game 4 on Monday, there series may be quickly coming to an unfortunate end.
On Saturday, it was Kevin Durant’s play that took center stage as the All-NBA First Team snub lit up the Spurs for 33-points, adding 10-boards in the winning effort.
“The run he had in the third was a clinic of scoring the basketball,” Warriors point guard Stephen Curry commented on Durant’s game. “He got in the paint, finished at the rim, hit a tough fadeaway, a one-footer, was in pick-and-roll situations a lot being able to play-make and create his own shot.
“He really answered the bell in that moment for us. At that point, it’s just like anybody who gets the hot hand — just give them the ball and get out the way and let him do what he does. His versatility demands a lot of attention. It is fun to watch him get hot like that from the three-point line all the way to the basket, and you just never know how he’s going to do it.”
Curry wasn’t the only one amazed by Durant’s performance. Saturday’s Game 3 was yet another opportunity in which Durant showed the basketball world exactly how good he really is.
“He got it going,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Durant. “That’s the luxury of having so many guys who can score the ball like that. One guy may not have it going, but another guy (does) and you can kind of ride that wave until it ends. And it pretty much lasted the entire quarter.”
The Warriors may already be too much simply based on their four All-Star, but putting their versatility into account as well, and they may very well be the most unbeatable team in NBA history. The Spurs just happen to be the latest victims.
At least it seems that coach Gregg Popovich understands that the odds of the Spurs winning are slim to none!