San Antonio Spurts vs Houston Rockets
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 0:59
Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, helping San Antonio top James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series. And the prospects of holding off Houston in Game 7, even in San Antonio, does not appear that much more promising.
What clearly stands out here, aside from how poorly the Spurs were able to shoot and still win, is the disparity in field goal attempts during crunch time.
In their back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals, the Warriors along the way managed to avoid the Spurs, who were kingpins in the West before Steve Kerr took over the Warriors.
The San Antonio Spurs are a win away from the Western Conference finals, while the Houston Rockets need a win to stay alive in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs. It's one thing to say nobody has a chance against the Warriors. "So I think everybody else picked it up very well".
What most of these guys have in common is that they would not play in many other teams' playoff rotations. "We have to communicate even better and be more ideal because it doesn't get any easier". Vegas now has the Warriors set at -1000 for the Western Conference finals, with San Antonio coming in at a +625.
Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich opted to start Mills after starting rookie Dejounte Murray in the previous two games in place of Parker. Popovich does an excellent job of mentoring and molding his players.
"We understand that the team we're now facing is the most risky team in the league with a lot of weapons", Pau Gasol said. More often than not, this team is prepared to play, and it'll be a surprise if that weren't the case against the favored Warriors.
All might not be lost for the Spurs as they look to close out the Rockets.
Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn't make shots from long-range going 13 of 40.
Despite the setback, Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in Game 5. If Aldridge is the only big when the Spurs are matched up with the Death Lineup, he can change the equation of the game if he can score consistently in the post, a task much easier said than done, especially when Aldridge will likely be matched up against Draymond Green.
Tune in to Game 6, Thursday at 8:00pm on ESPN! "He was an absolute beast (Thursday), and that's who he is".
"I'm always watching", Lue said. But I haven't thought about it. "I don't know, it's worked the last couple years for us, so we're just going to continue to do it".
Though the Spurs won two of three regular-season meetings with Golden State, they know that this series will be much more hard than their previous meetings this season.
"It shouldn't change anyone else's mindset", Mills said. We've got to stay locked in and focused on the now.