LaMarcus Aldridge: Kawhi Leonard 'Has to Do What's Best for Him'

The Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala grabs the rebound in the first quarter of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena in Oakland

It was really the second half where they became unglued. And that they did, too.

Klay Thompson kept up his scoring barrage by knocking down 31 points and dishing out five assists in over 39 minutes of floor time. And it's true that George (36 points on 13-for-20 shooting, including 8 for 11 from three) was the difference in Sunday's game. His numbers across the board have steadily dipped in the regular season, and the last two years he averaged 7.3 points and four rebounds. "Mentally, for me, [I'm just] staying positive and staying upbeat".

He'll never be a volume scorer or an uber-aggressive player, but the perpetually underrated Horford is capable of being the main reason why Boston win this series.

In the span of 6 minutes, 26 seconds in the second quarter, the Spurs failed to score a single field goal, yet they led 53-47 at the half. The Warriors, playing without guard Stephen Curry, are led by Kevin Durant. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds got an very bad performance from Bledsoe and still lost in overtime. But They somehow caught on to head coach Steve Kerr's insistence that they must have "ball security" to pull out the victory. Through the past few months of the season, the Spurs have had to deal with a major injury to Kawhi Leonard, which gave the team a decided disadvantage against the Warriors who are a much deeper team.


Meanwhile, if San Antonio is going to keep this game close they will need Rudy Gay, Patt Mills and Davis Bertans to be a lot more efficient. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation. Warriors only mishandled the basketball four times in the second half and made 15 of 31 shots beyond the arc.

"Once the balls start falling for you then it just goes from there". San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

In addition, his +9.5 is Golden State's best among their centers, and his 36.2 net rating (composed of his 127.8 offensive rating and team-best 91.6 defensive rating) is the second-best mark in the National Basketball Association this postseason.

If San Antonio is unable to muster a win in Game 3 on Thursday night, the questions about Leonard's future with the organization will only grow louder despite reports indicating the front office has no plans to move the star. "We know it's just like hitting in baseball - the ability to make shots", Popovich said.

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