Harden shoots Spurs from the playoff spots
Is there a surprise coming up? The San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of missing the NBA playoffs after their recent defeat against the Houston Rockets.
The Spurs were clearly down 93:109 (43:54) in the Texas duel with the Western Conference front runner-up, slipping to tenth place in the West after their ninth defeat in the last eleven games.
Superstar James Harden, who had paused against Dallas Mavericks last time, was back again and with 28 points he was the top scorer of the match. As is so often the case, Harden made one foul after another and scored 14 of his points by free-throwing.
The Spurs, who continued to miss their longterm injured superstar Kawhi Leonard, also had to do without Big Man LaMarcus Aldridge against the Rockets and were therefore without chance.
Rudy Gay was the only player in the Starting Five of the Spurs to achieve a double-digit score with 13 points. With 14 points Derrrick White and Bryn Forbes were the top scorers on San Antonio’s side.
“We want to get into the playoffs and be as good as possible – regardless of circumstances,”said Spurs coach legend Gregg Popovich after the match.
The Rockets continue to lead the Western Conference with 53 wins in 67 games, while the Spurs are in tenth place outside the playoff ranks.