While he still keeps in touch with Curry and others, Lee is downplaying any potential nostalgia from his time with Golden State. After all, only the Warriors were better than the Spurs (61-21) this season. "Every challenge that the Warriors came up against this year they had the answer and now they're full strength and they're going to do it", said fan John Sugano. San Antonio has had a bit of struggle in each of the first two rounds, taking the Grizzlies and Rockets to six games each before disposing them.
The Spurs carried that momentum into Game 6 in Houston, and Harden didn't respond.
Harden, who didn't even attempt a shot until midway through the second quarter, was 2 of 11 and finished with 10 points to tie a season low as the Rockets were embarrassed on their home court on Thursday night to end their season with a thud. How fitting for this series to be the new juggernaut of the Western Conference against a team who has been the same juggernaut for the past 20 seasons.
Canberra's Mills was elevated from his usual bench role to starting point guard after veteran starter Tony Parker's season ended with a leg injury in game two against the Rockets. Either the Warriors will use their superstar weaponry to pour it on the Spurs or San Antonio will resist, slowing the game down and turning it into more of a defensive battle.
No is the minus-1,600 favorite ($1,600 to win $100), and yes is the plus-900 underdog ($100 to win $900). They will need more of that type of play from Aldridge if they are to have a chance to reach the finals.
Patty Mills talks with guard Danny Green as Spurs ousted the Rockets from the National Basketball Association conference semi-finals. All-Star forward Kevin Durant was still sidelined with a knee injury he sustained on February 28.
Nonetheless, fellow swingman Jonathan Simmons started in place of his injured teammate and notably poured in 18 points for head coach Gregg Popovich.
The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt after that with 3-pointers from Ariza and Eric Gordon to cut the lead to 71-50 with about seven minutes remaining in the third. Klay Thompson had the most shots of the big three during the season because opposing teams are so anxious about Durant and Curry.
One game after his game-saving block on James Harden, with Harden himself having a disastrous finish (10 points on two of 11 shooting, seven assists, three rebounds, and six turnovers), the Spurs turned to their younger crew.
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