Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Harden Missing; Leonard-less Spurs Rout Rockets, Win Series 4-2

Harden Missing; Leonard-less Spurs Rout Rockets, Win Series 4-2

The Golden State Warriors have yet to lose a playoff game and have enjoyed six days off. Surprising many, Utah beat Los Angeles, as the Clippers constant playoff struggle has continued. The Spurs will figure a few things out, but over the course of a seven-game series, it's hard to imagine how the Warriors' offense will be grinded to a halt for extended periods. "As a team, as a unit, we didn't have a rhythm and they capitalized on that". Coach Quin Snyder has done a remarkable job getting them to a 50+ win team. "They played well and we didn't".

LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double, and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs rolled into the Western Conference finals with a 114-75 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night at Toyota Center. It may have taken the Spurs a little longer than expected, but they were able to exit the series on a high note.

A year ago would've been really interesting.

The odds are the same in the Western Conference finals, with Golden State a minus-1,600 favorite over San Antonio (plus-900).

Kevin Durant doesn't care who is on the court for San Antonio, he knows that Popovich will have his group ready complete with a few surprises in the playbook.

Sure, it was almost seven months ago when the Spurs came to town and thoroughly spoiled Durant's much-hyped debut - a 129-100 whipping in the season opener - with the Warriors after his scrutinized departure from Oklahoma City. He was missing shots, missing open teammates, missing defensive assignments, missing in action. Klay Thompson had the most shots of the big three during the season because opposing teams are so anxious about Durant and Curry.

Kawhi Leonard wanted to play on his sore left ankle on Thursday night. Kawhi Leonard is out for the rest of the game after re-injuring his left ankle. Their first opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies proved to be no match to the Spurs.

With Tony Parker out for the series and Khawi Leonard out for Game 6, most people felt the Houston Rockets would run away with the contest to extend the series to a 7th game. Pau Gasol is a nice addition for them, but at 36 years, he will be trying to stop the duo of Javale McGee and Zaza Pachulia.

"Full is a big word", the Argentine playmaker said. Leonard may be playing on bad wheels however and the Spurs are going to need him. "Both ends of the floor". San Antonio won the best-of-seven series 4-2.

On today's edition of The World According to Gary, Darya Folsom and Gary Radnich talk about the Spurs advancing to face to Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors shot 51.2 percent overall (43/84) and were 50 percent (13/26) from the 3-point line.

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