Spurs vs. Rockets in Western Conference finals begins Sunday
- Author: Julie Sanders May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 23:42
Green received his second technical of the postseason when he celebrated a third-quarter steal and referee Marc Davis penalized him.
With Spurs star Kawhi Leonard injured, the Rockets turned to MVP candidate Harden for inspiration in their bid to force a game seven but he struggled spectacularly, finishing with just 10 points on two-of-11 shooting. He had a chance at a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of OT, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili. According to SportVU, the Spurs moved at an average of 3.94 miles per hour on defense in Game 6, 10 percent faster than they did in Game 5.
"A lot of guys doubted us winning (Game 6) at home. we just had a lot of heart", Wizards point guard John Wall said. He contributed 22 points and 15 rebounds in that game.
While Kerr spoke to the team at halftime, he watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks. Kawhi Leonard is out for the rest of the game after re-injuring his left ankle. "I'm looking for the win", sad fan Bernard Griffith.
There was always the chance for a blowout when the San Antonio Spurs chose to sit Kawhi Leonard for Game 6 against the Houston Rockets.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets had emerged this past season as not only an National Basketball Association superstar, but one of the elite players and one of faces of the league - especially with his signature fluffy beard. San Antonio on the other hand, were having a party. "But it happened and we move forward".
Harden was whistled for a charge after dribbling all but a few seconds off the shot clock before driving to the basket on Jonathon Simmons. With Leonard side-lined, the bulk of the scoring load fell on LaMarcus Aldridge, who was presented with mismatches all night.
"I try to keep things as simple as possible", he said. "Demanded the ball, got in good position. he was wonderful on the boards and of course he passes it really, really well and gets it moving for us".
But the defensive effort and facilitating Houston's offense appeared to take a toll on Harden. He sat out the final possession of regulation and all of overtime.
Harden accepted some of the blame for the loss. I'd be extremely surprised if they win two games.
The Spurs were surgical against the Rockets. Seven of the Warriors eight wins have come by double digits and three of those wins were by more than 20 points. The Spurs are now consensus 10.5-point underdogs in Game 1 in Las Vegas sportsbooks. San Antonio led by as many as 25 points, but Golden State cut the lead and the Spurs responded once again.
End of 3rd quarter update: Spurs lead Warriors 90-81. C Nene is out for the remainder of the postseason after tearing his left adductor in Game 4. Something interesting: The leading scorer in 5 out of the 6 games was a Warrior.
Popovich said Leonard would play in game one.
And while Harden looked terrible and not like himself Thursday, ample credit belongs to the Spurs for their defensive showing.
"I think I made a wrong read, " Gasol said. No one will feel bad for us.