Ultimately, the outcome of this individual game will likely have a minimal impact on the overall series result. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation.
HEAT AT 76ERS, Philadelphia leads 1-0.
"Pop" was in top form that time though, this writer, who watched him on television during the post game press conference, found out. Aldridge scored 34 points with 12 rebounds and three assists but San Antonio still lost by 15 points on the road. "We've got to find a way". Look for the Spurs to keep this close, but the Warriors to get the game 3 victory. Philadelphia will be brimming with confidence, and rightly so.
After the game, Whiteside said he had faith in the coaching staff, but there have been trust issues between him and Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra for some time now. Warriors won 116-101 in Game 2. He's recovering from surgery to fix an orbital fracture.
Need to know: When Golden State senses a chance to grab command, it usually pounces - as evidenced by how the Warriors are 8-0 in their last eight Game 2s. For Miami, point guard Goran Dragic played Saturday through a sore right knee that has dogged him for a couple weeks. He finished with 10 points in 23 minutes. With Durant and Thompson playing at such a high level, the Warriors can afford to let Curry rest and heal the sprained left knee that has kept him sidelined through the first two games of the series. It will be interesting to see what transpires in this series as the two teams now head to San Antonio. The Spurs answered that offensive prowess with a 9-0 run of their own to take the lead towards the end of the first quarter.
In light of the event, the Spurs will be led by top-assistant Ettore Messina for Game 3, with no clarity as to when Popovich will return to his rightful spot. Admittedly, this is a small sample size and plus-minus ratings aren't ideal, but check this: When Aldridge and Pau Gasol were on the floor together in 3:14 in the second quarter, the Spurs were a plus-4.
Ailene Voisin, of the Sacramento Bee, claimed Leonard will go weeks without replying to communication from his team or fellow team-mates as he continues his injury rehab in NY, rather than at the Spurs' facility.
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.