San Antonio's 114-75 annihilation of Houston in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night sends the Spurs into the conference finals against the Warriors.
Yes, that means Popovich has defeated every single Western Conference team in the playoffs since he took over as the Spurs' head coach back in 1996. In 10 postseason games, before this total dud, Harden had a point more than the regular season, shot 1.5 percent less, assisted about three times fewer but also decreased his turnovers.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets had emerged this past season as not only an National Basketball Association superstar, but one of the elite players and one of faces of the league - especially with his signature fluffy beard. Hopefully, this Game 6 victory will have given Leonard the time he needs to fully recover, and it will leave the Spurs' other players feeling empowered and motivated heading into the next series. He scored just 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed six turnovers.
On Thursday night, Harden rocked a black-and-white iteration of his first signature shoe with Adidas, the Harden Vol. 1.
San Antonio moves on to play the Golden State Warriors in a series that will begin on Sunday. There is LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Despite the fact that Harden said he was "good" when asked about it following Game 6, our source insists he was not.
"Somebody might have slipped something into his drink", Smith said of Harden.
Even Spurs boss Gregg Popovich was speechless on Houston's blowout loss.
The Celtics lead their second round series 3-2 and can close it out with a win Friday in Washington. "'Hey, you're nicked up a little bit, don't play, '" said D'Antoni. May.
Harden took responsibility for the loss after the game, saying the Rockets never able to establish a rhythm. He had 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and made some huge plays, but his defense on James Harden in particular raised a lot of eyebrows.
Leonard wound up out for Game 6, leaving the Spurs were prohibitive underdogs against the Rockets.
On a Ringer podcast after Game 5, Simmons said "I really hope Harden had his bell rung, or something, because he was just [terrible]". It's tough, especially the way we lost a game six at home.
It would have been one thing for the Rockets to fall in this series with both sides at full strength, a respectable finish after their surprise campaign in which they had the league's third-best record just one season after sneaking into the playoffs as the Western Conference's eighth seed. In Game 6, Aldridge was playing like a man amongst boys versus the Rockets.