After dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in six games, the Spurs renew the I-10 rivalry with the Rockets in what could be one of the more compelling Western Conference semifinals in recent memory. Led by offensive dynamo James Harden, Houston is fresh from dismantling the one-dimensional Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
“They’re a very, very good offensive team,” Tony Parker told reporters at practice over the weekend. “A lot of three-point shooters everywhere, so we understand that it starts with our defense and if we don’t stop them it’s going to be a long series for us.”
On the defensive end, San Antonio will rely on Leonard and company to contain Harden, whose crunch time heroics tormented Spurs faithful during his tenure with the Thunder. Danny Green and Jonathon Simmons will also be tasked with slowing down one of the craftiest scorers in the game, along with fellow lefty Manu Ginobili, in a series that may easily stretch to seven games.
“Make him take tough shots,” said Ginobilbi referring to Harden’s game. “If he starts making contested and step backs and shots like that, you can’t do much about it. You just can’t give him everything. Three points, paint, fouls, that’s when he’s at his best.”
Spurs Round 2 Broadcast Schedule:
Game 1, Monday, May 1, Spurs vs. Rockets, 8:30 PM, TNT
Game 2, Wednesday, May 3, Spurs vs. Rockets, 8:30 PM, TNT
Game 3, Friday, May 5, Spurs at Rockets, 8:30 PM, ESPN
Game 4, Sunday, May 7, Spurs at Rockets, 8 PM, TNT
Game 5*, Tuesday, May 9, Spurs vs. Rockets, TBD
Game 6*, Thursday, May 11, Spurs at Rockets, TBD
Game 7*, Sunday, May 14, Spurs vs. Rockets, TBD