He's shooting 23-of-33 over his first two games, which couldn't be a worse sign for the rest of the league, as previous year Thompson shot just 39 percent over the whole playoffs yet the Warriors still breezed to a championship.
There were 21 combined fouls in the first half alone, and that doesn't include the bumps, chops, kicks and body checks that didn't draw a whistle. They got after us.
In Game 1, the Warriors enjoyed a double-digit lead for the entire second half. "And so we had a few mistakes that were unforced, but I think majority came due to their pressure".
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Thompson scored 24 of his 31 points in the second half and Kevin Durant piled on 32 of his own as the Warriors overcame a choppy, anemic start to the game.
Thompson then took over the game, scoring 16 of his 31 points in the quarter as Golden State grew the lead to as much as 15 points. It wasn't that the Spurs were less physical, it was more that the Warriors attacked so quickly that they didn't give the defenders a chance to do the same damage they did in the first half. In the second half, their first possession was a turnover.
Game 2 - are you ready? "He's not always going to make a shot, but he's always going to make a huge impact". This season, the Spurs struggled at times due to the loss of some very key players to injury. He was more assertive from the jump on Monday, using a wide array of moves on McGee, who had stonewalled Aldridge on more than a few attempts in the series opener. "I was really happy with their execution and their aggressiveness, and hopefully we'll keep that and stick together". You just try to make guys take some tough shots and I think JaVale made him take some tough ones.
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He said: "At United, the obligation every season is to fight for the title, so I understand that people are not 100 per cent happy with how this campaign has gone".
In what should not be a surprise to anyone, Spurs star small forward Kawhi Leonard has officially been ruled out for the postseason as he continues to rehab his injured quadricep back to full strength.
But he's not walking through that door, so the Spurs are left with the offense that they have.
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The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. After a bad pass by Paul gave Minnesota a chance to tie with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.