Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Aldridge shines with 26, Spurs win Game 3, 103-92

Aldridge shines with 26, Spurs win Game 3, 103-92

So Harden has to keep attacking to bring those defenders in. It doesn't get much better than this. Play off him to cut off driving lanes, and he'll often raise up and shoot a 3-pointer. "He's devastated. But when the game starts, there's nobody in the gym that's going to worry".

"I think that's one of the hardest things, and I think he's tough to guard, but".

"That's how a lot of guys play back home", Murray said.

Then, Aldridge helped San Antonio tighten its grip on this Western Conference semifinals matchup by producing his most significant performance of the series against the Houston Rockets in the Spurs' 103-92 victory, sans future Hall of Fame point guard Tony Parker.

So that's how teams try to defend Harden - carefully.

Tony Parker had to be carried off the court after injuring his right leg in the fourth quarter of the Spurs' 121-96 Game 2 win over the Rockets in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

In Game 3 though, the Rockets did not have an answer for its poor shooting. He's 6-foot-5 with strength and quickness to create mismatches. He is also perhaps the most frustrating star in the league.

LaMarcus Aldridge was a major factor in the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Houston Rockets in game 3 of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Harden is a brilliant offensive player. Crowd him and he drives by.

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Kawhi Leonard continued to steer the ship, with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Spurs shot 45.3 percent from the field. "We know the situation".

D'Antoni is trying to head off any real concern in the locker room that could turn into panic and lead to collapse of all that the Rockets have worked to build.

Gasol, who started his second consecutive game, finished with nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. It will be up to Patty Mills, rookie Dejounte Murray and others to pick up the slack against James Harden, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and the rest of Houston's sharp-shooting guards. Leonard made the free throw to make it 78-72.

Pau is not great in space, defensively. "It's different with each team". It's the same system that helped Steve Nash win two MVP awards with the Phoenix Suns.

"It's a challenge", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. So, he's scoring and doing that at the same time.

"It sounds kind of counterintuitive, but it's not really about defence", Popovich said about defending the Rockets in transition. They'll need to be at their best to square the series, but with Harden in form and his teammates due to step up, the teams will go back to San Antonio locked at 2-2. My assumption in that hypothesis was that Kawhi Leonard is likely going to be great in all of these games. If I have a shot be aggressive and shoot it. The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Houston, 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

It sounds too simplistic, but the Rockets just didn't make enough shots, which is where keeping the attitude and the confidence comes in. Three-point, paint, fouls - that's when he's at his best.

He responded by scoring 41 points on 18-of-35 shooting over his past two games, going for a postseason-high 26 in Game 3.

Game 1 looked like a race between Usain Bolt and Charles Barkley.

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