Warriors vs. Spurs odds, Game 3: 2018 NBA playoffs picks from expert on 16-6 roll Warriors Tonight: Heavy hearts on both sides entering Game 3 Ettore Messina coaches San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 vs. Golden State Warriors Kurtenbach: Ahead of Game 3, all eyes should be on one Warriors position Sidelined Stephen Curry inspires Warriors teammates as team cheerleader

Warriors vs. Spurs odds, Game 3: 2018 NBA playoffs picks from expert on 16-6 roll

Galin Dragiev is dialed-in on the NBA and just released a pick for Spurs vs. Warriors, Game 3

Warriors vs. San Antonio stayed close in Game 2 by repeatedly getting to the basket and hitting 27 of 30 free-throw attempts, but it wasn't enough to stave off a breakout second half from the Warriors. Game 1: The Warriors shifted from neutral in the regular season into overdrive in the postseason with a dominant 113-92 victory at Oracle Arena. He had 14 points (5-for-7 shooting from the field including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers), seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

OAKLAND — Shortly after a 119-79 season-ending loss to the Utah Jazz, the Warriors vowed to change their defensive ways. Again, while the minutes haven’t been divvied and McGee hasn’t officially been ruled out for Thursday’s game, the Warriors are going to continue to use a committee to fill the center role. In his 20-plus years patrolling the Spurs’ sideline, Popovich has built a foundation and culture that can hold up in his absence.

Stay positive, keep cheering for your teammates,” Pachulia said when asked how he felt about not playing in Games 1 and 2. “It’s all about the team. I was such a loyal fan, and he insulted me. I refuse to go to a game right now or even watch on TV,” she said. “I was really hurt by what he said. It’s just been more difficult for him to get through the rehab routine. Leonard decided to step away from playing following a nine-game return to the Spurs that ended on Jan.

Warriors Tonight: Heavy hearts on both sides entering Game 3

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich died Wednesday after long illness

The Warriors were in control from the start and were never seriously threatened by a severely overmatched Spurs team. In two games, Thompson has proven to be a tough cover for the Spurs. One of the reasons San Antonio was so good at home, compared to only 14-27 on the road, was that the Spurs’ supporting cast played much better at the AT&T Center than away from home. San Antonio, after all, is an old-school team that wants to play the game in the post.

And though he is no Popovich, Messina boasts an impressive resume for an NBA assistant. It hits home especially for those of us who were part of this Spurs family and have been so impacted by Pop and Erin. It’s about the Warriors winning a championship, so you can’t worry about individual stuff. For years, national politics either weren’t relevant in the sports world, or sports figures made a concerted effort to steer clear.

His body hasn’t reacted the same way. This is when the Leonard saga really got weird. But the same kind of injury. The Golden State Warriors appeared to put their late-season struggles behind them as they forged a pair of dominant performances against the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round NBA playoff series. Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up with 34 points and 12 boards, but he had little in the way of consistent help.

Ettore Messina coaches San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 vs. Golden State Warriors

San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina served as coach in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors, a game the Spurs lost 110-97 that put them in a 3-0 series deficit. Messina was coaching

That can be expected from the younger players, but even some Spurs veterans fell into this trap. But McGee thrived against Aldridge because he can run the floor, play above the rim, and hold his own against the Spurs’ big man in the low post. Kurtenbach: Want to understand what makes the Warriors great? He has been the head coach of the Italian national team since 2015. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Since the presidential campaign, Popovich has shared his disdain for Trump. Casanova, 65, said basketball occupied a particular place in her life. Tony is at the point where he has been going five on five and that sort of thing. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting down a nine-game return to the San Antonio Spurs that ended Jan. Tony also said he never considered getting a second-opinion after he tore his quad: "I could have gone anywhere, but I trust my Spurs doctors.

Patty Mills had 21 points and Rudy Gay added 12. Game 2: After working their way through a Game 1 hangover in the first half, the Warriors took out the Spurs with their customary third-quarter surge and rolled to a 116-101 victory at Oracle Arena. For the Spurs’ offense, it has pretty much been all up to LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 34 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2. Manu Ginobili averaged 7.1 points and shot 37.6 percent on the road, but scored 10.3 points on 47.3-percent shooting at home.

Kurtenbach: Ahead of Game 3, all eyes should be on one Warriors position

The Warriors might be without JaVale McGee in Game 3. And while it sounds strange to say, McGee's absence could loom large.

Warriors vs. Who will start at center for the Warriors? Leonard was injured on a play. Curry, who has missed more than three weeks, is due to get re-evaluated again on Saturday. That’s a lot to process, especially for those who considered themselves both Spurs fans and Trump supporters. The Spurs return to the court Monday night, trying to even their opening-round series with the Warriors. He’s not totally confident.

They have been with me my whole career. ET) in San Antonio. Now, the venue change to AT&T Center is one the Spurs hope will result in an inspired performance and a much-needed win to shift momentum in the series. Durant scored 11 in the Warriors’ third-quarter blitz, then Thompson put the game away with a 16-point fourth period. Starting point guard Dejounte Murray is averaging 6.0 points. Second-year guard Bryn Forbes actually scored more on the road (7.1 points to 6.7 at home), but shot nearly 10 percent better at home (38.0 percent to 47.4 percent).

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Photo: Edward A. However, Kerr repeatedly has told reporters that he expects Curry to miss the entire first round. While the city might lean blue, many of the surrounding communities and certainly the state as a whole are reliably conservative. Without an injured Leonard in the lineup, San Antonio could be facing only its second first-round exit in the past seven years. It will be a few more weeks.

More NBA! The Warriors are four-point favorites in this 2018 NBA playoffs game and the over-under for total points scored is 206.5. Will the Warriors keep up their postseason surge and cover, or will the Spurs thrive as a home underdog? Game 4: Sunday at San Antonio, 12:30 p.m. Starting small forward Danny Green has six points total. The winner of this series will advance to the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the series between No.

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Mulherin watched Saturday’s playoff game, but he did so alone. I’m hoping things will change,” she said. “Maybe they’ll end up with a new coach who doesn’t feel the need to talk politics. But he’s definitely going in the right direction, and so is Kawhi. Asked when he hopes to return, Leonard said, "Soon. Nick Schwartz wrote for FTW from 2013-16. For optimal analysis on this matchup, you need to hear from SportsLine expert Galin Dragiev.

Game 5: Tuesday vs. Game 1 starter/Game 2 reserve Kyle Anderson has one point in 20:55. Portland and No. If the Warriors want to go bruiser against bruiser, they should start Zaza Pachulia on Wednesday. How will Golden State handle an emotional environment? It is unclear who Kerr would potentially start in McGee’s place. With JaVale McGee excelling as the Warriors’ starting center in the team’s Games 1 and 2 wins, Pachulia has yet to get off the bench in the playoffs.

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He’s close, but it’s still going to be a process. I don't have a set date right now. Michelle R. The accomplished NBA handicapper was SportsLine's No. CBS Interactive. San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Warriors backup center David West, who turned his left ankle early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and did not return, is available tonight. New Orleans. Pachulia might be public enemy No. The Spurs will have no shortage of motivation Thursday.

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The internet's consensus mock draft 3.0: There's a new No. His consistent success is a byproduct of knowing when to back or fade a club in a given contest. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Game 7: Saturday vs. Trying to match the Warriors’ smaller lineups has always been risky for opponents during the Kerr Era. On Tuesday night, the Pelicans took a 2-0 series lead with a 111-102 victory over the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center to solidify the homecourt advantage they gained by winning Game 1.

Down 2-0, they know that a Game 3 loss would essentially seal their fate. Quotable: "Our whole organization — our players, our coaches — we’re all thinking about Erin, Pop, Mickey and Jill. You never know what’s going to happen,” Pachulia said after practice Wednesday at AT&T Center. “It might change throughout a game or a series. I am completely turned off.

'Insulted' pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president

Condolences to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who lost his wife, Erin, to a long illness Wednesday. Might the Spurs want to go big instead and pound Golden State inside? New Orleans dominated the backcourt matchup as Jrue Holiday had 33 points and nine assists and Rajon Rondo just missed a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. But while the Warriors would be able to match strength with the Spurs’ big man, they would lose the advantage McGee had in running the floor against Aldridge.

Pop and Erin have two small grandchildren who loved their grandma. It’s not just one four-game or seven-game series. Sports fandom in 2018 can be complicated, particularly when athletes and coaches have no qualms about espousing their political views. Jason Minnix has been around the team for 20 years and hosts the afternoon drive-time show “The Blitz” on ESPN San Antonio radio. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.

Asked if his course of treatment has created friction between him and the #Spurs , Kawhi said, "Everything was done as a group. He recommend laying the big number (-10) against the Timberwolves and, sure enough, Paul stepped up with 27 points and eight assists in Houston's 102-82 victory. Game 3 Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Popovich will not coach the Spurs tonight. In 4:11 in the third quarter with Aldridge and Gasol paired up, the Spurs were minus-5.

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The Warriors could opt to play Kevon Looney major minutes on Thursday as well. There is also the fact that San Antonio’s legendary leader, Gregg Popovich, is grieving the loss of his wife, Erin, who died Wednesday. It’s just sad. After poring over team analytics over the All-Star break, head coach Steve Kerr knew he needed to shake up his starting lineup. Fans such as Casanova are the inevitable result: She feels insulted and can no longer bring herself to root for her favorite team, which is making its 21st consecutive playoff appearance.

Where is Kawhi Leonard? The Spurs had opted to not allow Leonard to play consecutive games over a three-week stretch, while slowly ramping up his minutes to the mid-20s. I don't feel like nothing was friction. Dragiev knows the Warriors have won the first two games of the series by 36 combined points while covering lofty spreads in each. Thursday at the AT&T Center. After a lackluster first half in which they trailed 53-47, Golden State came out in the third quarter playing as it did in the first quarter of Game 1.

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It wasn’t long before Kerr decided to start changing his starting center game-to-game based on matchups. When Popovich got political, Casanova got a garbage bag and filled it with 30 or so Spurs T-shirts, banners and trinkets. But for now, a whole portion of her wardrobe is off-limits, including about 75 shirts and Spurs-decorated jewelry, purses and shoes. Spurs GM R.C. In his eighth game of the season, Leonard scored 21 points in a win over the Suns, but injured his left shoulder and missed the next three games.

They overcame a six-point halftime deficit in Game 2 for a 116-101 win after dominating Game 1 from the outset. TV: TNT and NBC Sports Bay Area. They outscored San Antonio 33-22 to turn a six-point halftime deficit into an 80-75 lead heading into the fourth quarter. As easy as the Warriors made Games 1 and 2 look, don’t count out the Spurs in Games 3 and 4 now that the series shifts to the AT&T Center.

West has an incredible true shooting percentage of 90.2, going five of six from the field, and four of four from the line in the first two games, so why not give him more time? With Popovich mourning his wife’s death, Messina — in his fourth season as a San Antonio assistant — will fill as head coach Thursday. There’s not a whole lot you can say. With the Spurs starting small-ball lineups in Games 1 and 2, McGee averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

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Anything is possible.But I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about when somebody is going to come back. He looks confident. Tony Parker on his return from the career-threatening quad injury he suffered last May: I’ve been through it. The Spurs have shot just a shade better than 40 percent from the field in the series, while going a woeful 13 of 50 from 3-point range. Want Warriors news in your inbox?

San Antonio was 33-8 there this season, the third-best home record in the NBA (Houston and Toronto were each 34-7). Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter. Does Kerr turn to Damian Jones, the second-year big man who came on strong late in the season? It should be no major change. We offer our condolences and our support. His defense — exceptional in Game 1 — was significantly worse in Game 2.