Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 vs

Jonathan Hernandez
May 17, 2017

"Gamesmanship", Golden State's Curry said, "I love it". The Rockets had been 3-0 against San Antonio in postseason series, winning in the first round in 1980, the conference semifinals in 1981, and the conference finals in 1995.

Rockets guard James Harden had a miserable night, scoring just 10 points on 2 of 11 shooting.

During his brief post-game press conference, Harden accepted the blame for his team's pitiful performance.

"Everything falls on my shoulders", he said.

Green has been superb on both ends of the floor in these playoffs so far. "... He has a great mind, he understands the game, he knows what it takes to win, he's strong enough to make demands fairly and follow through, and he's great with people so what more could you ask". "But it happened and we move forward".

The Spurs had a 39-point conquest of the Rockets in Game 6 and will next face the heavily-favored Warriors.

During the regular season, the Warriors led the league scoring 113.2 points per 100 possessions while the Spurs led the league holding opponents to just 100.9 points per 100 possessions.

"When we went down there our last time playing them in the regular season, they jumped on us the first quarter by making shots, but majority were second, third and fourth opportunities", Curry said. He finished a minus-28 as the Spurs beat the hell out of the Rockets in Houston despite not having their best player, Kawhi Leonard, and battled-tested point guard Tony Parker.

Mills was one of six Spurs' players in double figures, headed by centre Aldridge, the unheralded Jonathon Simmons (18) and Mills. Coach Mike D'Antoni added Sam Dekker to the rotation after being criticized for not adding anyone to the rotation Tuesday in the first game since Nene suffered a season-ending thigh injury. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) was Houston's top scorer with 20 points. The 11-year veteran, in his second season with the Spurs, averaged just 9.5 points in the first two games before averaging 23.5 in the last four, highlighted by a season-high 34 in Game 6.

This one stat the Spurs referenced following Thursday's win represents that to a T.

When Sunday's 12:30 p.m. tip rolls around, Leonard should be suited up and ready to take a crack at shutting down the Warriors' highest-scoring offense in the National Basketball Association. Even with San Antonio's pedigree, the Warriors - who have been a dominant team all season - have to be considered heavy favorites heading into this series.

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