Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game 4 preview

That means one more win in San Antonio as well as taking care of business in both remaining Houston games.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, who broke down all the numbers, the Rockets went 5-for-24 on open 3-point shots and if they had made their usual clip that would have given them four more makes - a dozen points - that could have come in handy considering the final margin of 11.

The Spurs say veteran guard Tony Parker has undergone successful surgery to fix a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.

On Friday night, with the Spurs now without Tony Parker, he shook off his slow start to this series with a huge game that propelled his team to a 103-92 victory over the Houston Rockets and a 2-1 lead.

The Rockets continue to get shots they want, just not as many of them as they would like.

The Rockets are not without size in their frontcourt, but Gasol and Aldridge neutralized Nene and gave the Spurs enough punch to withstand Houston's withering attack of 3-pointers and drives by the incomparable Harden.

Rookie Dejounte Murray will start at point guard in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced Friday during his pre-game media session.

At times is seems like Mike D'Antoni's plan-B is to just turn plan-A up a few notches.

They're just trying to find their swagger. Now, we have to make them.

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.

The Rockets, for all of their offensive fireworks this season, are not made for a slugfest. James Harden led the team with 43 points on 14 of 28 shooting, Trevor Ariza added 17 points with five assists while Clint Capela had 12 points with 16 rebounds, three assists and five blocks but no other player finished in double figures in scoring.

"I think all of us have been there at one point in our career, having to learn the ropes", said Patty Mills, now technically Murray's backup. I am definitely tempted to take the Spurs to win in a minor upset, but this is basically a must-win game for the Rockets so I'm banking on them to level up the series with a win and cover in this one. "Offensively we just got to get guys involved, guys just got to have confidence and knock down these shots and be aggressive". But, for the most part, the Spurs have been able to keep him in the paint, where his length is bothersome to incoming traffic. Because the physical bumping and grinding the Spurs have injected into this series since that Game 1 is undeniable.

Although the Houston Rockets hung in there for quite some time, the bottom fell out down the stretch and our team started to wave the surrender flag.

Popovich said after the game that it didn't look good, and the Spurs' fears were confirmed after an MRI on Thursday.

"No", D'Antoni said, "intensity was right". "Nothing they did should have bothered us". It's enough to drive you insane but you just do your best. "I'm going to just hold back", Roberson said of guarding Harden without fouling him. "We had 10 in and outs".

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