The San Antonio Spurs fell to the Golden State Warriors 136-100 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, and his absence was clearly felt on both ends of the floor.
Still, here are some likes and dislikes from the game.
Starting in place of Leonard, Simmons led the team in scoring. His energy and intensity were one of the few bright spots of the game. Throughout the playoffs, his confidence has increased with every game, and he has become one of the key players off the bench.
Bertans played 16 minutes off the bench, and made the most of every second. He did not miss a shot and finished with 13 points. His three triples were the most on the team. Bertans' ability to come in and knock down shots is extremely valuable, so it will be interesting to see how he is utilized moving forward.
Even without their best perimeter defender, the defense should not have been as lifeless as it was. The Warriors seemingly got anything they wanted, as seven players scored in double figures. As a team, Golden State hit 18 triples, shot 48 percent from behind the arch and 56 percent overall.
Other players shrinking in the moment
With Leonard out, and coach Gregg Popovich ranting to inspire his squad, there were plenty chances for other players to rise to the challenge. However, that just did not happen.
LaMarcus Aldridge did not impact the game much, as he posted eight points and four rebounds in 26 minutes. Pau Gasol only lasted 15 minutes, and had a minuscule impact as well.
Danny Green only scored five points, and shot 28 percent from the floor. He also hit just one of his five attempts from behind the arch. Patty Mills did not shoot the ball much better, and also finished with five points.
With the series shifting to San Antonio for the next two games, the Spurs will have to handle their business at home. Game 3 is May 20 at 8:00 p.m. CT from the AT&T Center.