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Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin removed link

 

They competed as best they could Thursday removed link It just wasn’t enough against Golden State [ removed link ]Authentic Derwin James Jersey[/url] , removed link

Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s removed link

”It was a perfect setup for a letdown,” Golden State forward Draymond Green removed link ”I don’t say that to be insensitive at all to the removed link We all take this basketball stuff serious and we want to win, but when you start talking life and death, a game doesn’t removed link But yet we still wanted to come out and try to win the removed link

The Warriors can close the first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game removed link

”It’s hard to think about that for me, personally [ removed link ]Authentic Brandon Parker Jersey[/url] , right now because there is other stuff bigger than basketball,” Spurs veteran Tony Parker removed link

The Spurs were playing a day after the death of Erin Popovich, who passed away after battling an undisclosed long-term removed link Erin and Gregg Popovich were married four decades and have two children and two removed link

San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was removed link

Coach Popovich was not in his customary position roaming the sidelines, choosing instead to be with his removed link San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina coached the team in Popovich’s removed link

”We are all hurting,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after the morning removed link ”We want to be next to Pop, we want to support him, but we’ve got to go out there and compete removed link But [ removed link ]Cheap Josh Jackson Jersey[/url] , for sure, we are removed link It’s not an easy day to be removed link

Ginobili and Parker said it was tough to play basketball following Erin’s passing, but the team’s goal was to compete and play with the grit Popovich has always demanded of removed link

Parker, who said Erin and Gregg were a mother and father to him when he entered the league as a 19-year-old, lived up to those removed link Parker, who averaged removed link points in the first two games, finished with 16 points in 17 removed link

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 18 points and 10 removed link

The Spurs had an emotional start, but could not sustain it against the talented removed link

”This was about what I expected [ removed link ]Randy Johnson Jersey[/url] ,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr removed link ”First half they were getting after us like they did in Game 2 and we stayed with it, we had some removed link The whole point is take care of the ball and defend over 48 minutes and things should work removed link

Already on the edge of their seats for the first home game of the playoffs, fans erupted when Rudy Gay threw down a one-handed dunk over Golden State’s JaVale removed link The cheering was nearly constant as the Spurs scored the game’s first six points before the Warriors began to settle removed link

Durant and Klay Thompson shot down San Antonio’s removed link

Thompson added 19 points, including 3-for-6 shooting on removed link

Golden State closed the first half on a 20-9 run to eliminate a five-point deficit and take a 52-46 removed link Durant had 17 points in the first half to counter 10 points each from Gay and removed link

Gay finished with 11 removed link

The Warriors opened 1 for 14 on removed link Golden State finished 10 for 32 on removed link

”Well, when the 3s are not going, we’ve just got to continue moving the ball and getting open looks,” Thompson removed link ”But if we’re getting open looks, they’re eventually going to fall [ removed link ]Authentic Keke Coutee Jersey[/url] , and we rely on our defense when we’re not making removed link Our defense can be a constant for us, shouldn’t always dictate how hard you removed link

Green added 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four blocked removed link

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant rolled his ankle at midcourt with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining but rose on his own after remaining on the court for less than a removed link Kerr said Durant and Shaun Livingston, who also rolled his ankle moments later, are both fine and will play in Game removed link . Warriors G Stephen Curry did not play but sat behind the team’s bench as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained removed link Curry is expected to return for the second round, if the Warriors removed link … McGee started after being listed as questionable with a bruised left removed link He had six points and four rebounds in 15 removed link

Spurs: Messina was coaching his first NBA playoff game, but he has won more than 10 titles in the Euroleague [ removed link ]Authentic Mason Rudolph Jersey[/url] , Russian SuperLeague and Italian removed link … Dejounte Murray had nine points and four assists in 16 removed link

FOND MEMORIES

Kerr has been a friend of the Popovich family since his days playing for the Spurs at the turn of the removed link In fact, Kerr grew so close with Erin Popovich that he almost got his longtime friend in removed link

”Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed,” Kerr removed link ”I still remember when he traded me to Portland in 2001, he called me up to tell me the news (and) he said, `I don’t think I can go home, because Erin is gonna be so mad at me for trading removed link ’ ”

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