The second round of the NBA playoffs did not play out as the Spurs planned. Their IH-10 rival came to town with vengeance as they ambushed the home team 126 – 99 with an onslaught of 3 pointers. The Rockets hit 22 three pointers for a team record in a playoff game. Before the Spurs could recover they were down by 30 points at halftime an insurmountable deficit for most teams to comeback from.
Houston had six players score in double figures led by Trevor Ariza’s 23 points. Ariza played pretty good defense on Kawhi Leonard who was held to 21 points on 5 of 14 shooting. Tony Parker was the only other Spurs’ starter with more than 10 points and Jonathan Simmons matched him with 11 points off the bench. Many times LaMarcus Aldridge looked lost on defense and timid on offense as he scored
only four points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
This will not get the job done. The Rockets exposed many of the Spurs weaknesses. The Spurs reliance on Leonard will be short-lived if they are not able to get quality shots and a better defensive effort from others, especially from their frontcourt players. Expect Coach Popovich to consider some serious juggling of his lineup in game 2. MVP candidate James Harden scored 20 points and had 14 assists.
Notes: The Rockets put up 50 three pointers for the game (44%)
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