Out of work last season, Brown spent much of his time attending Spurs meetings, practices and games in an informal capacity with good friend, Popovich.
Harden missed only one game during the regular season and logged 2,947 minutes, which was third in the National Basketball Association.
The final inspired line: 34 points on 16 of 26 shooting to go with 12 rebounds. Still, you get an equal number of games that are like this, where Aldridge is shades of the player he was in Portland, dominating for stretches and knocking down shots like everyone knows he can. Without his physical presence, Aldridge went to work, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped to a 31-24 lead.
The report added that Leonard was actually cleared to join his team at the NBA Western Conference Semifinals' Game 6.
The majority of experts agree that the Warriors will win on Sunday, but since some pundits are tempted to take the points, many feel that the safe bet is Golden State with the moneyline.
The Spurs coach suggested that Leonard had not suffered a serious injury when he announced in full Popovichian form that the MVP candidate would not play hours before Game 6. Golden State responded with a win on the road.
Harden finished with 10 points on two-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers. For us, we've got to box out, and obviously for us, if they're sending all those guys to the glass, we want to push it.
Leonard had an MRI on Monday and will not play in Game 2, leaving the Spurs angry at what they considered a dirty play by Pachulia and frustrated by their predicament.
He did not even attempt a shot before knocking down a three-pointer with 6:18 remaining in the second quarter. "I take responsibility for it". San Antonio did drop the first game of the round to Houston, suffering a 126-99 loss, but their trail in the series would be short-lived. They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter.
"I mean, usually we get that in the first half", D'Antoni said of the point total. "I know everyone's disappointed, but he's number one".
The five-man unit of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and Andre Iguodala have played just 29 minutes in the playoffs so far, but are scoring 122.1 points per 100 possessions on the floor together. They executed a genius game plan with precision, one that left the Rockets bumbling around the court like they had just met each other.
"A lot of guys doubted us winning (Game 6) at home. we just had a lot of heart", Wizards point guard John Wall said.
"We've seen him in different jerseys since he's left here (Boston and Dallas before San Antonio)", Curry said.
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