But I'll be better (in Game 3), and I'll definitely be better by next game.
NBA MVP candidate Leonard was forced from the court in the third quarter of San Antonio's 113-111 game-one loss to the Warriors on Sunday and the Spurs are uncertain whether his ankle will be healed enough to play game three.
Though Leonard called it a clean play, Popovich said Monday that Pachulia's close-out was "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike," while citing the big man's history as an allegedly dirty player.
Game 3 will be on Saturday, and there's enough time between the games that Leonard is now questionable for the contest.
He only played 10 minutes in the Warriors' Game 1 victory. The Lakers' title hopes suffered a devastating blow when Magic Johnson injured his hamstring in Game 2 of the Finals.
That simple truth lends a glimpse into what makes Golden State tick. Golden State has planned a day off Wednesday, then will practice in the Bay Area on Thursday before flying to Texas.
"It was huge. We need Kawhi to create and to score", said Manu Ginobili, who had 17 points off the bench for the Spurs.
"I thought in game one we didn't come out with a sense of urgency", said Warriors acting coach Mike Brown, who is standing in for the injured Steve Kerr. In 26 minutes of play, McCaw had 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting while shooting a scorching 75 percent from three-point range.
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The Spurs still managed to score 28 points but it was the Warriors quarter because they outscored the Spurs by 11 by scoring a whopping 39 points.
The win was Golden State's fifth wire-to-wire win this postseason, which equals the combined total of the rest of the National Basketball Association. The Spurs forward missed his first two jump shots and the night didn't get any better from that point on.
Popovich later joked about the incident before the game.
"I have no idea. We can't ease into the game", Brown said of his ailing boss' address to the team in the locker room before the game. "I'd probably list him as questionable".
"The thing that worries me is he did it again", Popovich said. I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done. And you want to know if our chances our less, and you want to know how we feel? I couldn't help but think his comments were excessive though.
Leonard is out for tonight's Game 2, but the threats were heard loud and clear.
Warriors: Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak. Golden State Warriors Game 2 Start? The Warriors notched their fourth 30-assist game this postseason.
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