Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

Posted May 10, 2017

The Rockets are not going away against the Spurs as they pulled their Western Conference semi-final series even at two games a piece with a big 125-104 win.

With Nene suffering a groin injury and heading to the hospital, the perimeter defense will have a great opportunity to force the Rockets inside the arc and make the Rockets shoot low percentage shots.

Well, well, well. It's clear the Rockets were right about those two factors, as they adjusted and successfully achieved both in the comfortable win. However, if they find themselves in close games as their playoff run continues, his absence on defense could loom large.

We've been subjected to three sweeps-possibly a fourth tonight-and a bunch of wholly unforgettable series in the first round, aka the one that lasts way too long. In their two losses, the Rockets were held below the century mark.

Rockets reserve center Nene logged just two minutes before departing with an injury.

In short, there is very little heavy lifting to do when you play offensively with Harden.

I sincerely hope we haven't seen the last of Nene in H-town. But with the ball in Kawhi Leonard's giant hands and a pliable roster with which Popovich can work, the Spurs have taken back home-court advantage and, perhaps, control of the series.

Houston point guard and MVP candidate James Harden scored 28 points and dished out 12 assists in the win. Despite winning Game 4 handily, the loss of Nene significantly cuts into their depth at the center position. "If you had seen clips of our transition D (Sunday), you would trade all the players and fire me by the end of the game".

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He could just move Montrezl Harrell into the rotation, as he did when Nene or Clint Capela were unavailable in the regular season. Thirteen tone-setting fast-break points in the first quarter alone when "the tale was really old", Pop said.

The strategy worked because San Antonio had no answer for the well-spaced floor full of sharpshooters.

San Antonio's two most-used lineups - the starters, with Dejounte Murray at point guard, and another group that includes the starters with Patty Mills at the point - in this game allowed the Rockets to shoot 9-of-16 from range in 17 minutes.

Rockets forward Ryan Anderson took just four shots on Friday, missing all of them from the 3-point line.

A possible (and likely) solution is going incredibly small.

"This is a big stage they did it on", he said. Even better, the Rockets averaged 15.1 turnovers per game during the regular season in their quick-paced, risk-heavy offense, good for the sixth-highest mark in the league. Gordon was one of seven Rockets in double-figures, and he and Lou Williams have traded off bludgeoning the opposing team's weaker second unit all postseason. But they (Rockets) were that intense.

The reserve big man has been ruled out for the rest of the National Basketball Association playoffs 2017 following a torn left adductor which he suffered in the game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs. And unlike in Game 3, Harden was more decisive in attacking the bigs and getting to the rim, leading to a layup or pass for an open three-pointer.