Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Best Memes of James Harden & the Rockets Choking Against the Spurs

Houston Rockets guard James Harden sits on the court during overtime of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday Morning Shootaround: Missing Person Alert in Houston
Noah Ferguson | 19 May, 2017, 15:25

The Houston Rockets? The memes making fun of them and James Harden for their very bad choke-job of an effort tell the story better than the numbers.

The Warriors and Cavaliers have been so dominant in sweeping their first two National Basketball Association playoff series that the William Hill sports book has posted a prop bet asking if either team will go undefeated in the postseason. Leonard is expected to be ready for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday which will reduce Aldridge's role back to the number two option. San Antonio only allowed 8.1 3-pointers made per game this season, a key defensive trait against a Warriors team that went 8-13 this season when making fewer than 10 3-pointers in a game.

The Celtics lead their second round series 3-2 and can close it out with a win Friday in Washington. The over is 211.5 points at -105, and the under is 212 points at -110. The Warriors are now 22-0 in the regular season and postseason combined when Green has a triple-double. The short answer for how the Spurs' defense can stop the Warriors is ... they can't.

Game 5: May 24 at Golden State, 6 p.m.

If the Spurs had activated Leonard on Thursday, the nightmare scenario - an ineffective Leonard and a re-aggravation of the injury - would have been in play. But will they be able to do that in this next series?

The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a six-game series against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors are at full health with a returning Kevin Durant added to their weaponry.

Leonard, who sprained his left ankle in San Antonio's overtime win in Game 5 on Tuesday night, participated in the workout and could be seen shooting free throws with his teammates when the media was allowed to watch the end of the session.

With this highly-anticipated game just around the corner, experts are starting to give their picks. In 2015-16, the Spurs lost a seven-game series against the Clippers in the first round.

Winners and Whiners have the Warriors winning at -10.5. It is head coach Gregg Poppovich's team. "So I was willing to take some contested shots tonight and I got into my rhythm early and after that I was good to go", the 31-year old Aldridge told the Associated Press.

It will be the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference finals.

Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. Klay Thompson had the most shots of the big three during the season because opposing teams are so anxious about Durant and Curry.

There was a little joking around, too, about former San Antonio assistant coach Mike Brown heading up the Warriors now, filling in for sidelined coach Steve Kerr.

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