Golden State Warriors roll to 3-0 Lead with a win in San Antonio

The Golden State Warriors did not dominate the Spurs as thoroughly as they did in Game 2, but they came away with a 120-108 victory and a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Nobody would have been surprised if the Golden State Warriors dominated Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs. Kawhi Leonard was ruled out before the game with his ankle injury, and there appeared to be little hope for the Spurs despite playing in their own building.

While the Warriors did emerge with a 120-108 victory, this Game 3 was far more competitive than the previous contest. The Spurs actually led after one quarter and cut the lead to as little as three points in the second half.

This series will probably conclude on Monday night, but the Spurs put up a commendable fight after being shellacked in Game 2. While Kawhi might still return for that Game 4, Gregg Popovich is more likely to hold him out of that game than any other coach in the league. Regardless of whether or not the Spurs are swept in this series, the first half of Game 1 (especially with the context of San Antonio's Opening Night blowout win) will leave basketball fans wondering what might have been. As things stand now, the Warriors will soon begin preparing for their third straight NBA Finals appearance.

1. Jonathon Simmons, Warriors Killer

This game seems like a bad time to honor Jonathon Simmons. While he did score 14 points, it took him 17 shots to get there. He played his usual solid defense, but he was not as spectacular on that end as he is at the peak of his powers.

Nonetheless, Simmons deserves to be recognized for his incredible play against the team with the best record in the NBA. Simmons started the season with a fantastic game against the Warriors on Opening Night. He continued that with a great performance in Game 1 and followed that with an incredible effort Game 2. Simmons looked like the only person in a Spurs jersey that came to play, as he set a career high with 22 points and hounded Golden State on defense the entire night.

Although Kawhi's absence makes this distinction significantly less impressive, Jonathon Simmons has been the best player on the Spurs in these Western Conference Finals. The Spurs will do all they can to keep him around this offseason when he will receive a contract that could potentially creep into the low eight figures. Regardless of the final value of the deal, it will certainly be a far cry from when he had to pay $150 to go to a D-League tryout. Jonathon Simmons has shown up and impressed despite his team's struggles, and barring a massive overpay he will be worth every penny of his much-deserved long-term contract once free agency begins.

2. Defensive Woes

The most surprising element of this game was Golden State's abnormally poor defensive effort. Golden State gave up 33 points to the Spurs in the opening quarter. After claiming a double-digit lead early in the third quarter, they once again surrendered 33 points in the period and allowed the Spurs to close the gap to as little as three points after halftime.

The Warriors were ultimately able to put up enough points of their own to nullify San Antonio's offense. However, they should be very worried about giving up 88 points to a Spurs team without Kawhi Leonard. They should also be very worried about the fact that one of their better defensive big men allowed a 39-year-old to do this: