The Warriors are 8-0 this postseason and are looking to return to the NBA Finals for the third straight year. "Everyone is focused in on what we're trying to achieve here". The Spurs beat the Rockets in convincing fashion in Game 6 to continue on in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, and after sweeping the Trail Blazers and the Jazz, the Warriors go into the Western Conference Finals undefeated this postseason. Per NBA.com, after Game 1, the Rockets scored 102.2 points per 100 possessions in the series, a mark that would have ranked them in the bottom five during the regular season. They got it in style, dominating on both ends of the floor as their defense stifled and their attack slayed in this Texan showdown.
Harden finished with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers before fouling out with 3:15 remaining. Golden State's offense is more diversified than Houston's, and it simply has better shooters - some days it doesn't matter if you contest Klay Thompson.
The Spurs will be a much stiffer test than Portland or Utah.
Memphis was also a winning team this season, but they did not compare in numbers to the success of the Spurs.
Kevin Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds. "I couldn't really get a rhythm, especially to the basket".
Leonard hopes to return to action Sunday for Game 1 of the National Basketball Association semifinals series. According to SportVU, the Spurs moved at an average of 3.94 miles per hour on defense in Game 6, 10 percent faster than they did in Game 5. In this series that may be enough, but it is the toughest coaching job he will have in the playoffs. "Just having guys ready to play and having those guys work hard all year it makes it a little bit easier for us, for sure". If San Antonio wants to hang with Golden State, it'll need someone to emerge as a pleasant surprise in this series. "It was a long series, an exhausting series and now we play at noon, but we're here", Manu Ginobili said.
The regular season MVP candidate also dished out seven assists, but was heavily criticized after the game after several pundits called out the star guard for quitting on his team.