LaMarcus Aldridge

If you were ready to give up on the Spurs and ready to claim the Rockets as the victors already tone it down. Tony Parker is out for the remainder of the post-season, but after Game 3 you couldn’t tell that it bothered the Spurs after they did what they do best, and that’s go out there no matter the circumstance and play Spurs basketball.

Finally back at home James Harden looked to put on a show for the home crowd and he delivered with 43 points 14-for-28 field goal’s, 5-for-13 from three-point land. The problem here was that he held the ball for too long. He hurt his team in a way, because if you go back to Game 1 when the Rockets put a beating on the Spurs, he not only lit up the scoreboard, he got his team involved with creating shots for his teammates, and he led his team in assists. In Game 3 he tried to take over on his own, and it came back and bit them. Clint Capela had 12 points, Trevor Ariza had a better game here with 17 points compared to Game 3 and those were the only three players for Houston in double figures. Patrick Beverly was a straight up dog early on when it came to exposing the rookie Dejounte Murray, but he only had 8 points in 33 minutes.

The Spurs know that if there’s any chance of winning this series it not only starts on the road, but someone not named Kawhi Leonard needed to step up in a huge way and LaMarcus Aldridge filled that role perfectly. Here’s the thing though, he needs to keep it up. Aldridge told reporters that he started to get more comfortable, and it also helped that his knee is healing up, as he carved up the Rockets down low with 26 points. The Rockets were too busy double-teaming Pau Gasol, as he wisely looked for Aldridge every time he was in trouble, and the Rockets paid for it all night. Danny Green yet again was a stud defensively and had 11 points. Kawhi Leonard had a sloppy start but was able to match Aldridge’s 26 points, and Patty Mills had 15 coming off the bench. For his first ever post-season start in the place of Tony Parker, Murray started off shaky, but looked more comfortable in his role as the game went on. He only scored 2 points, but expect his numbers to rise.

This is going to be a lengthy series no matter what. There’s no way Houston lets Game 3 slide like that without having a counter going into Game 4. I expect this series to be 2-2 when they go back to San Antonio, but if Harden fails yet again to get his team involved early on, and takes all the shots he wants well then there’s a good chance this series can be over early.

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