Kawhi will return for Game 1 of Western Conference Finals


LaMarcus Aldridge had a huge Game 6 against the Houston Rockets, but tends to shy away and not be all there at times.

Mike D'Antoni is a realist.

FILE - In this February 13, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. "We're a little bit ahead in our progression".

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.

The Spurs waltzed into Houston on Thursday night for Game 6 without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker and destroyed the Rockets, 114-75, in one of the most lopsided elimination games in National Basketball Association history.

It's been almost 12 hours and the basketball world is still looking for alleged MVP-contender, James Harden.

Dejounte Murray No.5 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks against James Harden No.13 and Lou Williams No.12 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on Friday in Houston, Texas. They were a better team this series."As if there wasn't enough evidence of Harden's struggles -Â and really, the eyeball test was more than enough -Â it spoke volumes that even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't sure what to say to him afterward". Even with San Antonio's pedigree, the Warriors - who have been a dominant team all season - have to be considered heavy favorites heading into this series.

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But the Spurs are not going to go down without a fight. Though this series could have been very interesting previous year, Kevin Durant brings so much to the table in this series on both ends of the floor that it is hard to go against the Warriors in this one. Heck, they were 8.5-point underdogs on Thursday night, and all they did was win by 39 points.

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

At 47 years old, Brown is almost 20 years younger than the 68-year-old Popovich, but I don't know if he should take Pop so lightly. Stephen Curry is averaging 27.1 points and six assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 23.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. For whatever reason, this game, we didn't have the juice and the stuff. "It's a building and an environment, a lot of people out there that I'm very familiar with and keep in touch with numerous guys on their team still".

With all their starters scoring in double figures, the Spurs shot better from the field, 53.1 percent against Houston's 28.6 percent. They have been a winning team once again. Pau Gasol is a nice addition for them, but at 36 years, he will be trying to stop the duo of Javale McGee and Zaza Pachulia. I'm proud to be their coach. "I just told our guys that they had an unbelievable year".

The Warriors are led by four All-Stars - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green - and enter the conference finals with a ideal playoff record.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Spurs are now 5-0 in games without Leonard and Parker this season. He acknowledged that it was a bitter ending to a season that was a significant step forward for the franchise in the big picture.