Numbers preview: Western Conference finals - Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard may have sat out the Spurs' game 6 win over the Houston Rockets due to the left ankle injury he suffered in game 5, but with the Warriors awaiting him in the conference finals on Sunday, it appears Leonard will be good to go.

Pau Gasol tallied 10 points with 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which trailed 5-4 in the first quarter before coasting to the win. "It is tough, especially the way we lost at home". They led 31-24 after one quarter and took control of the game with a 13-0 run at the start of the second period that put them up 44-26 with nearly nine minutes left in the half.

After the game, Harden f*cked off to the ripper - hard to blame the guy for wanting to blow off some steam.

The only time we saw the Spurs get creative with their adjustments was between Games 1 and 2.

After a terrible performance in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, Harden took accountability for his team's ouster from the playoffs. During the game, which was the sixth of the Western Conference Semifinals in the NBA Playoffs, Harden shot an abysmal 2/11 from the field on his way to 10 points, 7 assists and 6 turnovers.

"I feel really bad for them that it ended this way", D'Antoni said, "because they did not deserve this".

"I just told the guys they had an unbelievable year", D'Antoni said.

"I thought they all were", Green said. Houston was already down 50-29 when Harden took his first shot midway through the second quarter.

"This is going to hurt and linger, but hopefully it will spur us on to what we know where we've got to go". I take responsibility for both ends of the floor. I can get him off the ball some. Trevor Ariza paced Houston with 20 points, and Clint Capela had 15 points and 12 boards.

When the Spurs opened the second half with an 8-1 burst sparked by six points from Aldridge, their advantage ballooned to 26 points.

There were so many positive things to take away from this game (a playoff high 32 assists, the stellar play of Jonathon Simmons, and I haven't even mentioned Dejounte Murray's defense!) that it can obscure the areas where the Spurs still need to improve heading into their matchup with the Golden State Warriors. The Spurs improved to 16-3 when taking a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series. After that, it was vintage Spurs in one of the biggest beatdowns ever for the thoroughly embarrassed Rockets, including a reputation-sullied James Harden. He had 22 triple-doubles in the regular season and became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have 2,000 points (2,356), 900 assists (907) and 600 rebounds (659) in a single season.

"I don't know if it's true or not, but it's nearly like mentally it just zapped us", he said.

  • Julie Sanders