Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

San Antonio will have the opportunity to take a very important 3-1 lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge would like to think so. Dekker had five rebounds (including two offensive rebounds), and averaged 7.2 rebounds per game per 36 minutes during the regular season.

The Spurs' longtime starting point guard Tony Parker is out for the season after a quadriceps injury in game two. The Rockets will no doubt be looking for revenge after their loss in game 3, a game everyone said they would win.

While Nene has struggled in this series, the Rockets need all the big men they can get as they try to deal with the Spurs' massive frontcourt of Aldridge and Gasol. Game 5 will be a pivotal game for both teams as the series now becomes a best-of-three.

What proved crucial for San Antonio was that while Harden scored at will in the second half, so too did the Spurs. And when you play fast, it favors us.

Gordon then followed by making 6-of-9 3-point shots and scoring 22 points to help Houston get a 125-104 win that knots the series at two games a piece. Pairing Harrell at the five, with James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson has resulted in a staggering +20.0 point differential in just under 175 minutes together.

"Drive, kick, drive, kick instead of just throwing up a quick floater, which is kind of what they want".

Aldridge steps up to help Spurs down Rockets 103-92

The adjustments have clearly worked, with San Antonio evening the series through a lopsided 121-96 win in Game 2 before taking the lead with a 103-92 victory in Game 3 on Friday.

Houston kept the game close until the end of the third quarter again, as they did in Game 2. The team also needs to step it up on defense.

Luckily for the most offensively and defensively balanced team in the National Basketball Association and one of the most experienced, San Antonio can compensate for that obstacle and make do with a pair of big men in Gasol and Aldridge, who between them have 11 All-Star selections. It's just tough. I have to be there for my grandmother. It makes life tougher for a Spurs defense that typically features at least one slower-footed big man. The over/under total for the game is listed at 212 points.

Sam Dekker received some playing time with this small unit, and his athleticism could give the Spurs' bigs trouble if they don't play small (which they usually don't like to do). In order to combat the Spurs, the Rockets NEED these four to turn in better performances.

But the Spurs and Rockets did play four tight games in the regular season, with three decided by two-point margins.

The Spurs seemingly have the momentum to this point.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs showed plenty of fight to repeatedly claw their way back from double-digit deficits in Game 4, but they couldn't keep up with the Rockets' three-point shooting in the second half.

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We're going to go there and see what we're made of. "When we get those chances, we bear down and those are key goals for us". Pittsburgh F Chris Kunitz passed Mario Lemieux for fifth place on the team's all-time postseason games played list with 108.


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