Harden Missing; Leonard-less Spurs Rout Rockets, Win Series 4-2

  • Harden Missing; Leonard-less Spurs Rout Rockets, Win Series 4-2

Harden Missing; Leonard-less Spurs Rout Rockets, Win Series 4-2

A rematch is extremely likely, but let's stop for a second and look hard at who the Warriors have to get through to reach the Finals: Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs. As it was against Houston, a Spurs team with a fully engaged Aldridge and a hot-shooting Mills and Danny Green is the best antidote to a fast-paced opponent.

Harden averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game - all career bests - in helping Houston to a 55-27 record and the third best record in the National Basketball Association a year after the Rockets squeaked into the playoffs an eighth seed.

"We've got a whole summer.to put it behind us", Harden said. But Harden should've been the best player on the court in Game 6. I guess that's where all the passion comes out, at those moments.

However, they were blown away 114-75 by a side for whom LaMarcus Aldridge top-scored with 34 points - and whose impressive defence limited the Rockets' influential James Harden to just 10. Either way, I can't play this line. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, but it didn't get the Rockets going.

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 arguably one of the best five players in the game sitting back in the locker room resting his injured ankle, the Spurs simply inserted a second-year pro into the starting lineup - a guy barely out of the D-League - to take Leonard's place. ESPN's report also states Leonard will indeed play in the series, setting the stage for an exciting matchup. "I can tell you that". "I feel like I was making some passes, and we just didn't knock down shots or whatever the case may be".

But the defensive effort and facilitating Houston's offense appeared to take a toll on Harden.

D'Antoni, who just finished his first season in Houston, said Harden can make significant progress after his first campaign as a full-time point guard.

"I just missed shots, " Harden said. The perception that year was that the Rockets' defeat of the Spurs was driven by Hakeem Olajuwon's MVP snub, and that he wanted to demonstrate his superiority over Robinson.

The Spurs opened their second-round series against Houston with a 27-point loss and ended it with a 39-point win. He added a playoff career-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, looking confident with his jumper.

Golden State reached the Western Conference finals after completing a 4-0 sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday.

The Warriors haven't lost a game in the postseason, sweeping both series against the Trailblazers and Jazz.