Kevin Durant said flatly after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that, You can’t listen to people on Twitter, man. They’re irrational. And he has a point. But that doesn’t change the fact that the NBA has a problem, one that goes beyond the ankle injury suffered by star Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard on Sunday.
In case you missed it, the basics are these: With 7:55 to go in the third quarter and San Antonio leading by 21, Leonard went up for a shot in the left corner. Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia went out to challenge the shot, got a hand in the face of Leonard and had his foot come down in the vicinity of Leonard’s landing spot.
Kevin Durant doing Kevin Durant things. KD is the only Warriors starter shooting 50 percent or better from the field, and he’s grabbing the reigns of the offense with his team down 21 points midway through the second quarter. It’s not much, but it’s a sign of life.
Manu Ginobili is beating Green down the floor in transition. He is 39 years old. What is happening right now?
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Elite Youth Adam Gotsis Jersey Mike Brown calls a full timeout with 9:03 left in the second. Spurs 37, Warriors 19. San Antonio is shooting 57.7 percent (16 of 27) while the Warriors are down at 30.4 percent (7 of 24). And there’s this…
New Orleans — Retain their first rounder if 1-3 (otherwise it goes to Sacramento): This trade deadline’s biggest transaction sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, and one of the pieces New Orleans included was their own first-round selection with top-three protection. New Orleans won’t end the season with one of the three worst records, but some good lottery luck could still be a possibility. If the Pelicans retain the pick this year, it has top-one protection from 2018 to 2020 and then would be unprotected in 2021.