The Spurs didn’t have Kawhi Leonard (ankle) for Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Houston. It didn’t matter
Leonard reportedly wanted to play, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich chose to hold out his star player to ensure his health for a potential Game 7 in San Antonio, and for the rest of the playoffs. And there will be a rest of the playoffs after the underdog Spurs (+8.5) routed the Rockets 114-75 in Houston on Thursday night.
“It feels good when somebody gets in your face,” Millsap said. “The intensity makes us play harder. It’s playoff basketball. We haven’t come out with that type of fire and effort in a long time. To do that in this game was big time for us.”
Wall led the team in assists with seven, but the rest of the Wizards only had nine more, in part due to increased defensive pressure by the Hawks. The Wizards shot 41.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from 3-point range as a result of tighter defense. Bradley Beal had a particularly rough shooting night, going 6 of 20, including 0 of 6 from behind the arc. Schroder indicated there was an added emphasis on forcing anyone not wearing the No. 2 jersey to beat them.
“I got pissed off watching how freely Wall was bringing the ball up,” Schroder said. “I told coach that I wanted to pick him up full court. We wanted to make him give the ball up and close out on shooters.”
Wall didn’t exactly concur with Schroder’s take on why the offense struggled.
“Him picking me doesn’t faze me,” Wall said. “That’s something he’s doing to show his teammates that he is serious or something. I ain’t worried.”