Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 5/11/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denied! During the closing moments of Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, James Harden went for a game-tying shot - only to have Manu come in and smack the ball away at literally the last second!

Tuesday night we saw the most competitive game of these Western Conference semifinals with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets battling for 53 minutes of back and forth action.

Leonard rolled his ankle with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter Tuesday and while he played half of the fourth quarter he was absent for over-time as the Spurs defeated visiting Houston 110-107.

Jonathon Simmons will start in his place Thursday night.

The Spurs already were without Tony Parker, who will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery to fix a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. He went on to play in a team-high 43 points, scoring 20 points. If the San Antonio Spurs don't have Leonard, it should be obvious the Spurs won't win anything.


The Spurs lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. "Going to take as much time as possible, see what he feels like, see what I see and make a decision". As a team, the Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 33 from the three-point line, but they committed just seven turnovers while grabbing 18 offensive rebounds.

"Manu, you know, reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters, per MySanAntonio.com.

With just one second left on the clock, Rockets star James Harden scrambled to get off a three-pointer that could've tied the game and forced a second overtime period.

As for Houston, head coach Mike D'Antoni needs to consider expanding his playoff rotation. If they want to win Game 6 in Houston, they're going to have to slow down Harden in addition to Houston's bevy of other shooters, especially when Houston goes to the smaller lineup like they did by starting Eric Gordon in Game 5.

Leonard was walking without a noticeable limp after Tuesday's game, though he struggled to put weight on his ankle shortly after the injury. Whilst every match so far has been a blowout, the loss of Nene was definitely noticeable in Game 5. The Spurs need the underdog win tonight at 3.45, but either team that moves on to the Conference Finals will have a different kind of monster to face in the Golden State Warriors.

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