Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals
Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals
15 May, 2017, 00:13
Dejounte Murray No.5 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks against James Harden No.13 and Lou Williams No.12 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on Friday in Houston, Texas. The Rockets had been 3-0 against San Antonio in postseason series, winning in the first round in 1980, the conference semifinals in 1981, and the conference finals in 1995. San AntonioSpurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, grabs a loose ball from Houston Rocketscenter Clint Capela during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Hous.
He drove for a layup before inexplicably throwing the ball into a sea of San AntonioSpurs. The following game will be on Tuesday night, while they then take an extended break until Game 3 in San Antonio next Saturday night.
Harden finished with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers before fouling out with 3:15 remaining. "It is going to hurt and linger", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.
Most people outside the organization aren't feeling sorry for the point guard, and were left scratching their heads at how such an elite player could perform so poorly in a game that mattered so much.
Harden accepted some of the blame for the loss. "Especially the way we were resilient all year long, fought through adversity". "This was a good series and we're moving on, but we're not satisfied". He's scoring 1.68 points per spot-up possession in the playoffs off his no-dribble jumper and the Spurs have been just average at stopping that shot in the postseason (1.07 points per possession allowed, 10th among playoff teams).
He displayed flashes of brilliance in the playoffs to be sure, but couldn't deliver when the Rockets needed it most.
FILE - In this January 10, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a foul called against him during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Oakland, Calif. Durant looks at LeBron James from afar and marvels at how the Cavs main man keeps finding a way to take his game to another level, year after year. He was out of sorts from the start and the Rockets were all but out of the game by halftime.
Harden was a non-factor Thursday after finishing second in scoring during the season at 29.1 points per game.
"So I was willing to take some contested shots tonight and I got into my rhythm early, and after that I was good to go". "The guy that's hardest on James is James".
Mike D'Antoni is a realist.
Over is 4-1 in Spurs last 5 games following a ATS win. We let him play a little while just to see what he was going to be like, but it was obvious that he couldn't go. "I think this one prepared us for the next one".
Coach Gregg Popovich didn't provide many details about Leonard's injury on Thursday.
"It happens", D'Antoni said. "When we've played well against them, we've either been even or had more field goal attempts than they did, and we were able to get the tempo up".
There's no question that the Warriors are the best team in basketball.
It would have been one thing for the Rockets to fall in this series with both sides at full strength, a respectable finish after their surprise campaign in which they had the league's third-best record just one season after sneaking into the playoffs as the Western Conference's eighth seed. But even bringing it to Houston for the first time since Hakeem Olajuwon won it in 1994 is unlikely remove that bad taste of how the season ended.
Harden is a leading MVP candidate, and could walk away with the award next month.
"We've got a whole summer.to put it behind us", Harden said.
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