So as the Rockets search for their missing offense, the Spurs now have home-court advantage and clear momentum. It's a clash of the styles, ideologies and the Texas derby. That means one more win in San Antonio as well as taking care of business in both remaining Houston games. While the Rockets have, essentially, an eight-man rotation, the Spurs are going 10-deep.
They haven't lose consecutive games at home all season, and have had only one three-game losing streak this year.
"If we win Sunday's game, it's a best out of three", Rockets guard James Harden said.
Aldridge finally showed up in a big way for the Spurs: 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Patty Mills will likely start in place of Parker for the rest of the playoffs. Expect to see Kawhi Leonard take on more of a point forward role whilst Mills acts as a floor spacer.
HOUSTON (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had been criticized through two games of the Western Conference semifinals for not doing enough for the San Antonio Spurs.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston. The Rockets will bounce back, because they have to.
Popovich gave the shortest response: "It's not good".
The idea that San Antonio didn't stand a chance against the Rockets because of one hot night was absurd.
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At times is seems like Mike D'Antoni's plan-B is to just turn plan-A up a few notches. The supporting cast is what has won them the first game in convincing fashion, but were relegated to the spectators position.
Let me warn you in advance: If people swearing offends you, don't play the video above, because Gregg Popovich just about lost it on that call and used a choice word that doesn't take much of a lip reader to follow. Lou Williams played only 10 minutes in a game where the Rockets couldn't score.
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However, Anderson is now 0-for-18 on 3-pointers at the Toyota Center in the playoffs. Overall, Houston is 46-44 ATS.
Thanks to their performances - and Leonard's, of course - the Spurs have feasted on the Rockets' inconsistencies and inability to counter San Antonio's defensive execution. The Game 3 was only the 7 time all season that the Spurs have been set as an underdog.
The Spurs were playing in the postseason without Parker for the first time since 2001, ending an National Basketball Association record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman.
"He's going to do whatever he does", Popovich said. Under in Game 3 broke the 6-game over streak, but this shouldn't be attributed to Parker's absence. Gasol, whose calling card his entire career has been his offensive skills with the ball in his hands (post play, outside shooting, passing), has been a monster on the boards in these two Spurs wins (11.0 per game) and has actually provided decent rim protection inside.