While Leonard sat out with the ankle injury, Aldridge scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Spurs to a stunning 39-point victory.
Zaza Pachulia's contest of Leonard's shot has been debated for days, but without Leonard it was at least clear that San Antonio is in for a rough series against the Finals favorites.
But this is the same Spurs roster that annihilated the Rockets in Houston not long ago to clinch that second-round series, and the Warriors were all too aware of this.
The lawsuit was filed in Bexar County district court in Texas on Tuesday, and it alleges that Pachulia's actions against Kawhi Leonard in Sunday's Game 1 "devastated the quality of the Spurs' chances of being competitive" and diminished "the value of the tickets purchased by plaintiff subsequent to their purchase".
Needless to say, this is a rash step that puts Vasquez in the lead for "pettiest fan of 2017". The Spurs later defeated the Houston Rockets, who had tied the series during the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
"LaMarcus has to score for us", Popovich said.
Curry also contributed seven assists and seven rebounds to put the Warriors just two wins away from reaching a third consecutive NBA Finals in the best-of-seven series.
But Golden State's style is defined largely by its use of defense and pace, which it lacked through much of Game 1. "But when the game starts it's who wants to grab that momentum early and set the tone for the game, and I think we did that a little bit better tonight". But we've got to be ready Game 3. You have to believe. We know they're a little undermanned but they still play extremely hard, so we knew we couldn't come out here and relax and think they were just going to give us the game.
The only player he exempted from this analysis was Jonathan Simmons, who replaced Leonard in the starting lineup and finished with 22 points in 25 minutes.
"I'm not quite a doctor", Gasol said.
But you've got to believe that the Warriors are so much less susceptible to national outrage and the 24/7 talk-show mania than a normal team, even a normal super-team. Losing Durant for a few playoff games would sink just about any team-it's partly why the Thunder never won a championship-but not the Warriors. "Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas and he and David got into it". "At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court. I'm like, I've got five cops around me, so I just stopped", Brown said.
This whole season prepared them for this, and while every team they play is looking smaller, the Warriors are towering ever larger.