Spurs bury Rockets on the road to WCF
Who would’ve thought with no Kawhi Leonard and no Tony Parker that the San Antonio Spurs would go into the Toyota Center being led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who’s struggled this post-season and would simply wipe out the Rockets by 39 points?
I was totally wrong on how I thought this game would break down. I expected another competitive game by the home team, but they never showed up. Aldridge, who’s never been past the second-round in the post-season stepped up his game at the right time with 34 points, leading the Spurs in scoring, and we’ll get to his first Western Conference Finals in his previous six post-season trips. He remained aggressive, and demanded the ball and absolutely destroyed the rim from down low. Something we haven’t seen since his Portland days. Danny Green has also been quietly good in this series, he not had 10 points but his ability to lock down a defender and grab rebounds has been big. Everybody except Joel Anthony scored for the Spurs. Other leading scorers were Jonathan Simmons with 18, Patty Mills with 14 and the young buck Dejounte Murray had 11.
MVP runner up James Harden was an absolute no show. He was dishing out assists to players who weren’t even there. He only took two shots in the first half and finished an embarrassing game 6 with 10 points. 2-9 from 3-pt fg and 2-11 fg. I will say he didn’t look right, and I know he’s been having a hip problem, but no one saw him laying an egg with their season on the line. Speaking on no shows how about Ryan Anderson? He’s been a constant thorn in the side of the Spurs all series and he laid a bigger egg than Harden scoring a big fat zero points in 25 mins. 0-6 fg’s, 0-4 3-pt fg’s. Trevor Ariza led the team with 20 points, Clint Capela who got off to a slow start finished with 15 points, but is a promising player for Houston going forward.
After yesterday Gregg Poppovich becomes the first head coach in NBA history to have beaten 14 Western Conference teams in the post-season and will be coaching his 10th Western Conference Finals series since joining th club in 1996.