"For sure, it's going to be a tough battle over there", said Ginobili, who had 12 points and the game-saving block on James Harden.
Patty Mills should lead the San Antonio Spurs at point again in game 6 of the National Basketball Association playoffs against the Houston Rockets. Harden was brilliant through most of Tuesday's game, finishing with a triple-double - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson (3) defends during the first half in game five of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center.
Leonard, the Spurs' best defender, was on the bench when they needed a key stop in a tie game with 34.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
Kawhi Leonard hurt his ankle in the third quarter of Game 5 but won't be sitting out with the Spurs nearing a series victory. They play great at home. The Rockets led the Spurs by four points at the time Leonard suffered his injury, and they blew a fourth-quarter lead with the two-time Defensive Player of the Year on the bench. Whilst every match so far has been a blowout, the loss of Nene was definitely noticeable in Game 5. The Spurs are up 3 games to 2, but as we have seen in this series, game 6 could go either way. Gregg Popovich did not allow him to play in overtime, but Leonard says he will play in Game 6.
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We know that he [Alexis] is capable of doing that. For us, it was important because it was a goal. Sanchez netted his 20th goal of the season.
He still finished with 18 points and an astounding 14 rebounds, but shot poorly from the start, going 7-21 for the game. The Spurs will have to win in Houston for the second time this series to avoid a Game 7 in San Antonio.
"I think we all made a decision to be aggressive", Green said of Leonard's absence, "regardless of what was going to happen". He was walking. I think he got an X-ray.
They had the Spurs behind by nine points in the third quarter, with Leonard hobbling and Popovich searching, and couldn't close the deal. "They're a bunch of competitive guys". Capela had three blocks in the game, while Harden helped hold Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to a combined 15 for 41 shooting (36.6 percent). Houston has to have a victory in Game 6 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the conference finals for the second time in three years.
As the second round of the playoffs concludes, it seems like we are on the way to another National Basketball Association finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.