Kawhi Leonard ruled out of game six with ankle injury


"Everybody picked it up". I think the Warriors win this series in six games starting with a double-digit win and cover at home.

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has accepted full responsibility for his team's drastic collapse in Game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard didn't play for the Spurs tonight, and it ultimately didn't matter too much.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green chase a loose ball during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston.

And the Spurs didn't need Parker (torn left quadriceps) or Leonard (sore left ankle) to do it.

Jonathon Simmons added 18 points in place of Leonard, while Patty Mills chipped in 14 points and seven assists.

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Though Harden posted a tally of 28.5 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds during 11 postseason games, he wasn't almost as efficient, making only 27 percent of his three-point shots. "I know they feel as bad as I do". "We'll work that together", D'Antoni said, but the coach will look to keep the guard fresh even when he's on the court.

"Everything falls on my shoulders", said Harden, who finished second in scoring during the regular season at 29.1 points per game behind Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook. Leonard got huge help from veteran Manu Ginobili who also planted a risky but heroic block on Harden's attempt at the three-point line seconds before the 5-minute overtime ended.

"I really just didn't have a rhythm at the beginning of the game. When we win he gets the praise, when we lose he obviously gets the blame most of the time, so it's tough, it's unfair, but he's a strong guy, obviously he knows that".

Harden's performance ignited social media to swarm all over Harden's beard in some hilarious memes and Tweets.

For the Rockets, James Harden struggled - scoring just 10 points on two-for-11 shooting - while Trevor Ariza dropped a game-high 20 points. I mean, he's had a historic year, and you can't just say, 'OK, one game ...' and all of the sudden, social media goes insane. "I don't want to litigate what just happened". Aldridge looked awful in Game 1, and he was virtually unstoppable in Game 6. But come the series against San Antonio, Harden, who played in 81 regular season games, shot 41.4 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from long range. The only remaining semifinal series now is the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards series.