Rockets' 22 3-pointers dismantle Spurs, 126-99 in Game 1

The Toronto Raptors going into Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, a rematch of the 2016 ECF at 6:00CDT followed by the Houston Rockets going to San Antonio to face the Spurs at 8:30CDT, interestingly, this is the first time Popovich faced the Rockets in a playoff series, I believe he has faced (and beat) every other playoff franchise in the West.

"If they shoot the ball like that, we'll just have to shake their hands", said Spurs guard Tony Parker.

The question is: how can the San Antonio Spurs possibly slow the red-hot Houston Rockets down in Game 2? With so many offensive threats on their team, the Rockets can build a huge lead very early in the game. Houston was active in rotating to San Antonio's shooters and had both defenders stay on Kawhi Leonard on screens. "And it wasn't as bad - somebody last night said 'dominated.' There are things we can do better to take away that feeling", Casey said. This could be a sign of more late game heroics to come from Leonard. You can be sure that he'll get his team ready to take on Houston.

Of the Spurs 15 turnovers, 13 were steals, and the Rockets got 19 points off of them.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets rebounds the ball during the second half of a game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. That means there are adults of drinking age who weren't alive the last time these two cross state rivals met in the playoffs.

On Wednesday before Game 2 of the Spurs and Houston Rockets matchup, Mayor Taylor tweeted a picture of the Mayor's Office rocking their silver and black with the caption, "Win tonight!" But if you're going to miss shots, or take quick shots, ill-advised or contested shots, quickly in the shot clock, if you're making them all it's no problem. Now it's a tilt against the Rockets, at the forefront of the analytics movement, and the Spurs, who blend a little bit of the old school and the new. Ryan Anderson is shooting 12.5% from three, Trevor Ariza is barely scraping by with a 20% clip, and James Harden himself is shooting 24%. How'd the first game work out?

"We have a great group of guys that have a mindset of guarding", Leonard said.

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3. Age discrimination When Aldridge isn't playing well, this Spurs team is propped up nearly singlehandedly by the greatness of the 25 year old Leonard.

Leonard turned in one of his most memorable performances of the season against Houston in the team's final meeting March 6. The infamous fallout from this occasion got Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw suspended for the following game, due to a purely technical part of the rule book.

He finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Aldridge averaged 14.8 points against the Grizzlies, down from the 17.3 points he scored during the regular season. Parker averaged only 10.1 points during the regular season, the lowest output since his rookie season in 2002. He has helped the Spurs reach the playoffs for a record-tying 20th straight year.

Rockets at Spurs, Houston leads 1-0. "He was tough", Green said.

It truly was the best I'd ever seen in a long time out this team, where all five guys were swinging it until they found the open man.

David Lee's defense here is an easy punchline, but the Spurs' offense and Houston's ability to quickly change ends never gave him a chance to succeed. But however the series plays out, it's progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. You expect them to do that. Let's go out there and get greedy, and let's get two, ' " Harden said. It was the same initial evidence they discovered during training camp, when some players were saying this team could actually compete for a championship, while everyone else in the rational basketball world was doubting that belief.

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