The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook isn't giving the San Antonio Spurs much of a chance against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
"Everybody picked it up".
The series will be decided in the first two games, as the Spurs will need to try to split to be able to stay alive going back to San Antonio. They moved the ball, played suffocating defence and had the Houston crowd booing the hometown team by half-time.
The Rockets trailed 3-2 going into game six at the Toyota Center and knew they needed a big performance in front of their own fans to take the contest the distance. Per NBA.com, after Game 1, the Rockets scored 102.2 points per 100 possessions in the series, a mark that would have ranked them in the bottom five during the regular season.
Patty Mills chipped in 14 points and seven assists for San Antonio while Pau Gasol added 10 points and 11 boards. San Antonio compiled a 60-37 rebounding advantage and limited Houston to 28.6 percent shooting.
"Some nights, life hits you in the face", Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Three-point scoring will also be a major factor in this series for both teams.
"It's frustrating definitely", he said. Brown was an assistant under Popovich from 2000-2003, and Popovich said that he really enjoyed him. "Very tough to go against them in any series, but I think a little bit different against the Golden State Warriors right now".
"Everything falls on my shoulders", he said.
The Rockets lost by 39 points at home in an elimination game. Will San Antonio run off 3-point shooters similar to the Houston series or will the Dubs catch fire and rain threes all over San Antonio?
"Gamesmanship", Golden State's Curry said, "I love it". "I just told the guys, they had an unbelievable year".
Leonard hopes to return to action Sunday for Game 1 of the National Basketball Association semifinals series.
While San Antonio fought through six games with the Rockets, the Warriors have been off since wrapping up a sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday.
With a wingspan well over seven-foot and an untouchable fade away jump shot, Durant came to Golden State and is changing one massive positive that the Golden State Warriors will use to win another championship: creating open space for himself and his teammates.