Spurs SF Leonard out for Game 6

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. He scored 11 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, while adding two steals and a block. Standing in their way is a playoff-tested San Antonio team, albeit one that is without injured point guard Tony Parker and now has a banged-up Kawhi Leonard. For much of the game, the Rockets looked like they were sleepwalking and MVP candidate James Harden looked anything but that.

"Everything falls on my shoulders", said Harden. San Antonio took the early lead, 14-10, and stretched that to a seven-point advantage to end the period leading 31-24. "It happened, now we move forward". Now in the midst of his sixth National Basketball Association campaign, he averaged a single-season career-high 25.5 points alongside 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per outing. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall.

We didn't give them a chance to find their rhythm or get their crowd involved in the game.

Everything worked. In a a postseason where almost every game has been a blow out, the Spurs blew out the Rockets so bad that the other blowouts looked close.

Why did Harden play so poorly?

Much attention is being paid to Harden's terrible elimination game, and rightly so. "It is going to hurt and linger", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.

"I mean, usually we get that in the first half", D'Antoni said of the point total.

Leonard sustained the injury when he came down on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run up the court with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter.

This is me being respectful to Gregg Popovich's Spurs, who just neutralized one of the fastest, highest-powered offenses in the league.

Our experts have mulled it over and have come up with their predictions for the upcoming Warriors-Spurs series, with the victor headed to the NBA Finals. The Spurs improved to 16-3 when taking a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Harden had a simple explanation for the Rockets' issues against the Spurs: "They dominated". They're a really good team, really well-coached. For the Spurs, the road only gets tougher, as they head into their next series as 6-to-1 underdogs against a historically great Golden State Warriors team that's yet to lose in the playoffs.

None of that makes this game 6 loss easier to handle, but it's good to keep things in perspective.

"We need to get better as a group", he said.

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