And, with the Golden State Warriors going up 2-0 on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, savvy bettors will be taking a long, hard look at Spurs +1.5 first-half line for Saturday's Game 3 in San Antonio.
Juan Vasquez and What's on Second, Inc., a sports memorabilia shop, filed the suit against Pachulia and the Warriors, claiming Pachulia's actions - which led to Leonard's injury in the first game of the Western Conference finals on Sunday - lowered the resale value of his season tickets and other sports memorabilia.
By dominating Game 2, the Warriors looked like the same team that had steamrolled their opponents in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to a flawless 8-0 record coming into their matchup with San Antonio.
(Monica M. Davey/Pool via AP). Leonard aggravated a prior ankle injury midway through the third quarter after landing on the Warriors' Zaza Pachulia's foot, however.
The Golden State Warriors have continued their flawless run through the playoffs to get within two victories of their third straight NBA Finals appearance.
The Warriors have struggled mightily in the past in San Antonio, and with Spurs fans trying to jumpstart their team and get them back in the series, the Warriors will have their hands full as they try to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. "So I literally start to go and I'm going to get in the far left lane to go through where we all go through, and a cop out of nowhere pulls in front of me and goes, 'Hey you, stop!".
"Either he's gonna play or he's not", Popovich said. "At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court".
Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative. The All-NBA forward stayed mostly on the sideline, resting the left ankle he sprained three times in the span of five days.
"He's got to score for us".
After 40 points in the opener, Steph Curry led the Warriors with 29 points on eight of 13 shooting in the rout.
"LaMarcus has to score for us", coach Gregg Popovich said after the 136-100 wipe-out in game two that put the Warriors up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
"It's not what I expected".
With Leonard out, the Spurs needed Aldridge to step up as a scorer and rebounder, as he did in the clincher against the Rockets, when he finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. The only way I can process this is I think its not about Os and Xs or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that.
"When the game starts, it's whoever wants to grab that momentum early and set the tone for the game, and I think we did that a little bit better tonight".
And you have to believe. Here's everything you need to know including Spurs vs. Warriors Game 2 live stream with the ESPN, WatchESPN app and more. But on the assumption that he is out for Game 3, the Warriors will go on the road in San Antonio and secure their eleventh straight postseason victory.
Cleveland swept past IN and Toronto IN the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best IN National Basketball Association history, with another road triumph. "Two games, now we're going back home so there are still a lot of reasons to believe". You can't sugarcoat it or say 'if we had just made a couple shots we'd have been right there. "There's nothing else to do".
Likely without Leonard for Game 3 in San Antonio, Popovich and the Spurs must find another way to win.