Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Leonard won't play in Game 6 for Spurs

The Rockets, who set an National Basketball Association record by making 1,081 3s in the regular season, have averaged 20.5 3-pointers in their two wins and just 13 in the three losses. In Game 2, Tony Parker ruptured his left quadriceps tendon, which required season-ending surgery.

The victor of this series will take on the Golden State Warriors in the West finals.

But entering Thursday night's Game 6 in Houston there are questions about whether Kawhi Leonard will be at full strength after rolling his ankle in an overtime win on Tuesday night. Harden, who finished second in scoring during the season at 29.1 points per game, did not attempt a shot until the 6:19 mark of the second quarter. The Houston Rockets are coming off a 110-107 overtime defeat against the Spurs at San Antonio in Game 5. LaMarcus Aldridge went off for 16 first-half points, and the Rockets had no answer for him.

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The San Antonio Spurs as we knew them are over.

Second, as prolific as Houston is from downtown, the Rockets haven't quite hit the theoretically optimal point for 3-point shooting.

When there was about four minutes left, large chunks of empty seats filled the arena dotted by pockets of San Antonio fans who stood and cheered while the remaining Rockets fans sat dejected.

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Spurs: Danny Green got a technical in the third quarter for a scuffle with Ariza.

INJURY UPDATE: Leonard (ankle) is listed as questionable after he did not play in overtime in Game 5. Aldridge was the linchpin, posting 34 points and 12 rebounds, but he had plenty of help as the Spurs set up a date opposite the Golden State Warriors.

Harden finished with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven assists and six turnovers. 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.

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