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San Antonio Wins Big Without Kawhi In OT But Coaching Will Decide Series

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No Kawhi Leonard No Problem For The Spurs

With 9.3 seconds left in over-time the San Antonio Spurs, defeated the Houston Rockets 110-107. O yeah and let’s not forget that the Spurs closed out game five without Kawhi Leonard. The battle of Texas has been an entertaining series to watch.

San Antonio and Cleveland or finals Rematch?

As the second round of the playoffs concludes, it seems like we are on the way to another NBA finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Both the Rockets and Spurs have been hit with the injury bug which will effect whoever advances to the next round.

If you had to pick which team would provide more of a challenge for Golden State, who would you choose? Both teams have lost vital pieces to their roster. San Antonio lost Tony Parker to a torn quadriceps tendon, while Houston lost Nene to a torn adductor muscle.

Deference:

Tuesday night’s win give the Spurs a 3-2 lead over the Rockets. This series will come down to the coaching between Mike D’Antoni and Greg Popovich. Popovich has dominated the former Phoenix Suns coach in the playoffs sending him home multiple times.

Popovich defeated D’Antoni in the 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2013, whether it was in the conference finals or first round. No disrespect to D’Antoni and all that he has accomplished, but defense wins championships.

History will show that none of D’Antoni’s teams concentrated on defense. With small ball being an epidemic in the league the Rockets are able to get away with lack luster defense.  However, the decision to move James Harden to point guard was brilliant.

It’s The System:

If I had to put my money on any NBA coach it would be Popovich, because he is a proven commodity. The former Air-Force Veteran has over 44-years of coaching experience, 5-NBA titles and has one coach of the year 3-times.

When you think of the system that Popovich has implemented in San Antonio, it reminds you of Bill Belichick in New England. The 68-year-old coach is the epitome of a leader. Popovich does an excellent job of mentoring and molding his players.

As soon as you hear about the Spurs you may think that they are boring, hard to watch and not entertaining, but they play hard on both ends of the floor every night.

Due to the Rockets and Spurs losing significant pieces, the Warriors are most likely going to advance to the finals.

Defense wins champions!

Tune in to Game 6, Thursday at 8:00pm on ESPN!

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