Parker is in his 16th season in the National Basketball Association and has helped the Spurs to four National Basketball Association titles in the past.
San Antonio needed more than just Leonard to beat Houston, though, especially without Parker. Tony Parker suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury Wednesday night, making the series even more unpredictable.
Popovich and his players will have to quickly make an effective gameplan without Parker to advance in the playoffs.
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I work hard every day for this. "We approached the game the way we had to and did what he had to do", Buffon told reporters. Throw in two excellent assists and he added end product to an excellent display for the team.
Playing Game 3 with the injured Tony Parker out for the rest of the playoffs, the Spurs started well but couldn't keep an early lead with Leonard struggling for form. Forward LaMarcus Aldridge needs to elevate his play in order for his team to have a chance of advancing to the next round. Parker going down does leave a huge void in the Spurs' backcourt for the remainder of the postseason, but it also means superstar Kawhi Leonard will have the ball in his hands more often, something that will surely net good results for San Antonio's offense. The Rockets ruled Game 1, roasting San Antonio's big men and suffocating them with shooting. But he averaged 15.9 points on 53 percent shooting in eight playoff games, including a vintage 27-point night in Game 6 against Memphis to clinch that series.
Parker was carried off the court with what has been reported as a left knee injury. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 home games. "I have to take my time down there and make them pay". Green buried back-to-back three-pointers that gave the Spurs double-digit leads with less than four minutes remaining.
"I haven't thought about that much", Popovich said when asked about what worked in Game 2. Cleveland was once again not challenged in this game as James made things look easy on the court. "I didn't convert layups. We knew they were going to come out with some aggressiveness in Game 2". He and LeBron James are now the league's only players to have scored 4,000 points and dished 1,000 assists in postseason play.
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Almost 80 percent of the betting action is coming in against the Spurs in a spot where they're getting as many points on the spread as they have all season. When players like Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza are scoring from long distance, the Rockets are incredibly hard to beat. Leonard is a quiet superstar to build around easily.
Houston is favored by 4.5 points, via OddsShark, and the over/under is 214.
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