San Antonio soundly eliminate Houston Rockets

San Antonio soundly eliminate Houston Rockets

LaMarcus Aldridge picked up the slack in Leonard's absence, scoring 10 of his 34 points in the first quarter.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the All-Star's poor performance at the end of Houston's Western Conference semifinals series.

Harden turned the ball over six times before fouling out with less than four minutes remaining in the game. It wasn't one guy scoring 40 or anything like that. They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter.

"All great players think they can do everything", D'Antoni told the media (via ESPN).

The Spurs looked dead in the water for Game 6 when they announced that Kawhi Leonard wouldn't be playing because of the ankle injury he suffered in Game 5. "Quit" is not a word anyone wants attached to their name, but darned if it didn't look that way with Harden after the Rockets fell behind big in the first half.

San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field, compiled a 60-37 rebounding advantage and limited Houston to 28 percent shooting.

When we think of legendary playoff games it usually means games where a superstar breaks through and baffles everyone with a comeback, or a shot, or a block that resonates with people forever. "We've gotten so much better and gotten more comfortable with each other since then, but we know offensive rebounding always translates no matter what". Houston had a better net rating with Harden off of the floor than Portland did with either Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum on it.

After an MVP caliber regular season, Harden took a bit of a step back during the Rockets playoff 11-game playoff run.

Bertans was on the floor for five minutes, during which he scored one points, pulled down one shot and blocked one shot.

"Obviously he had a tough game, but to me it's a joke to get on him because we're not where we are. without James", Morey said. I can get him off the ball some.

"Yeah, but they did a really good job of crowding strong bodies, their bigs at the rim, things like that", he said. "Hat's off to them".

Harden was held to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed 6 turnovers in the 114-75 loss Thursday night. Houston averaged 20.5 3-pointers in its two wins and just 13 in the four losses. San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, right, dribbles as Houston Rockets guard James Harden defends during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. The Spurs have thrived in countless situations, but this effort, given the circumstances, resonated.

"That's the mountain we've got to climb", D'Antoni said. I wasn't anxious about those guys being in.

We broke down the so-called "Based God's curse" in-depth two years ago, but it boils down to this: When Harden started doing a "cooking dance" after good plays, Lil B took offense because he'd already popularized that dance and felt Harden was not giving proper credit.

San Antonio will now travel to the Bay Area to take on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

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