After their disappointing showing on Monday night in game one the Spurs opened game two with a three-point shot from none other than Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs there would take off and eventually push their lead to 30 points at one point. The focus was the Spurs slowing down he three-point shooting of the Rockets. Instead of allowing 22-made three-point field goals the Spurs only allowed the Rockets to shoot 11-of-34 from the three.
Leonard led in scoring with a game high 34 points (13-of-16 from the field) alongside seven rebounds and eight assists. LaMarcus Alridge followed up a disappointing game one performance with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Spurs received added bench help from Jonathon Simmons who scored 14 points. With 8:32 left in the fourth quarter Tony Parker came down awkwardly and could not apply pressure to his left leg. He would have to be carried off by his teammates and did not return to the game. According to Greg Popvich’s postgame presser he stated the injury “its not good”. Parker finished with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The Spurs will have to look towards Patty Mills and Simmons to step up in the back court should Parker be unable to play for the rest of the series or playoffs.
The Rockets would have six players finishing double figures as Ryan Anderson leading in scoring with 18 points accompanied by 8 rebounds. Trevor Ariza followed up a 23 point game one with only two points and five rebounds in 32 minutes. Ariza hit a game high five three-pointers in game one but would go o-of-4 in game two. James Harden was near a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Shooting 3-of-17 from the field showed the focus of San Antonio attempting to slow down the MVP Candidate. The Spurs played a well rounded defensive game forcing the Rockets to shoot 32-percent from the three-point line. The biggest factor of the series will be keeping an eye on the perimeter shooting from Houston.
The Spurs have not announce any formal injury to Tony Parker at this point. All that is know is a “left leg injury” and he will be evaluated soon pending MRI results. In a fashion where Parker could not apply pressure or walk off the court the Spurs will need to readjust the line-up for game three.
Game three is in Houston on Friday night. Tip-off is at 9:30 on EST on ESPN.
Baseline Times Staff Writer