Clint Capela posts a double-double in Rockets' Game 3 loss

The Rockets did lose reserve center Nene to a left groin injury.

Strategy is nice. Adjustments are interesting. The Rockets got good shots, despite their offensive struggles against the San Antonio Spurs. He was assertive and on target with most of his shots. The game was played at Spurs pace, and the Rockets were forced to take a lot of hard floaters outside or near the edge of the paint, shots that didn't look within the natural flow of the Rockets offense. "I think the swagger is there".

Pau is not great in space, defensively. But there is going to be games where their attention is trying to take me out of shooting 3s. They are changing it up game to game. "So, the swagger is there".

The loss of Tony Parker is a major one, and nobody can replace him and his role within that system. And they have to make shots.

Losing either Leonard or Danny Green to foul trouble early on could spell doom for the Spurs, particularly if the former picks up two quick ones in the game's opening minutes. It's enough to drive you insane. "That's why people score". "That's why games are not 30-20".

And the Rockets got help for James Harden. He also had the support of coach Mike D'Antoni and teammate James Harden, who talked about the situation. To which Pop scoffed, "We've got a lot of playing to do". And yet, an interesting thing has happened during this experiment: The Spurs have actually played good defense with Gasol in the game. Here is what they need to do to take down Houston. They're guarding the rim. "But they were that intense, they were that focused and professional, and we were not". However, after a buzzer-beating three from Spurs swingman Jonathan Simmons, the Spurs went to work in the fourth, eventually pushing their lead to 12 and running away with the game as it drew to a close.

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"No, the intensitiy was right, we held them down to 45%". We have the tools to make it happen but it's matter of if this goal could be accomplished. "We have to do better and we can do that".

The news led to an understandably emotional scene in the Houston locker room, but Beverley elected play in Sunday's Game 4. Under in Game 3 broke the 6-game over streak, but this shouldn't be attributed to Parker's absence.

Even though Parker has always been on the quiet side, Popovich said he had seen a more vocal point guard this year as the team tried to find itself without Duncan there to provide guidance and leadership. Mills outscored the Rockets' entire bench, which managed ten points in total.

Beverley said he was in contact with his family back home and they all agreed that he should play Sunday night. Pat (Beverley) had five wide-open 3s. We're getting the looks.

Other than Harden and Ariza, the Rockets made 2 of 14 3s. Excluding Harden, Houston went 0 for 8 on second-half 3-pointers. They might have been rushed on some 3s. Preventing him from striking that balance, even while running the risk of Harden exploding, renders the Rockets' offense less frightful. I mean, we just missed them.

It was just that kind of night for The Beard, who finished with 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting. We can get 39 3s up that's unsafe. I'm going to keep my faith and, of course, I'm going to be there for my family.


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