Best Memes of James Harden & the Rockets Choking Against the Spurs

  • Best Memes of James Harden & the Rockets Choking Against the Spurs

Best Memes of James Harden & the Rockets Choking Against the Spurs

That effort in a critical game stands to lengthens Popovich's rotation in the Western Conference Finals, and beyond if the Spurs advance, with Simmons particularly proving himself to be a viable fill-in for Leonard defensively. Also, free throw shooting has been a freakish bugaboo for this team - which is odd since they shot so well from the line through the regular season. This was the most heartbreaking way for the Rockets season to end, especially for D'Antoni, the ghosts of his past haunting him once again. But, at the same time, San Antonio beat us.

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3. Ryan Anderson Ryan Anderson made 3 of 29 three-point field goal attempts at home in the playoffs. Of course the stringy 29th pick in last year's draft, Dejounte Murray, who spent almost as much time in Austin as San Antonio during the regular season, looked completely poised while putting up a cool 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals. But even bringing it to Houston for the first time since Hakeem Olajuwon won it in 1994 is unlikely remove that awful taste of how the season ended.

Harden succinctly summed up the state of things postgame - "They just dominated", he said - but that only goes so far.

"I just came here ready to play", he said.

This isn't the first time Harden has struggled in the playoffs. It doesn't help that he cost the Rockets Game 5, wearing down in the overtime period and failing to score a point without Kawhi Leonard even in the game. "You look at his progression and where he's at, he's got a chance to be for sure near an All-Star, if not better".

"Everything falls on my shoulders", said Harden. "But it happened and we move forward".

Harden, who took responsibility for the Rockets' Game 6 loss during his postgame news conference, did not participate in Friday's exit interviews with D'Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey.

The Houston Rockets were playing for their playoff lives last night, but don't tell the team that. The other one is LeBron, who has now officially crossed over into "doesn't get the MVP award because voters are bored with voting for him" territory, and is averaging almost a triple double this postseason in leading his team to two sweeps.

Though the Spurs won two of three regular-season meetings with Golden State, they know that this series will be much more hard than their previous meetings this season.

"This is going to hurt and linger, but hopefully it will spur us on to what we know where we've got to go".

"The great start kind of got us going on both ends of the floor", Bradley said.

Harden accepted some of the blame for the loss.

Pop and his Spurs have the ultimate test in the Western Conference Finals against the two-time defending conference champion Golden State Warriors. You all know this, and using it just to support a certain counter MVP narrative is so reactionary.