Rockets' Nene gets MRI after left groin injury

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"I don't care about how many shots I get". While the Spurs fought valiantly to stay in it in the first half, the Rockets found their stroke in the third quarter to pull away for the blowout and tie the series back up at 2-2. It is hard to imagine the Spurs going deep without one vintage Manu game.

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

Tonight's is the most important game of the playoffs thus far for the Houston Rockets. The Spurs did not help their cause much with six turnovers and five missed free throws in the quarter, and Houston got to the bucket at will for their largest lead of 15 with just over four minutes left in the quarter. My body movement was key.

"The ball wasn't just sticking around", Gordon said, describing the difference between the last two games. "But the whole goal was to get stops". They finish the game shooting 36.4 percent and have hit 12 three pointers in this one. Houston lost reserve center Nene to a left groin injury.

More importantly, the Spurs will need to control the pace of Game 5 to get that crucial win. Patty Mills added 10 points. Then the Spurs came roaring back for a 121-96 win on May 3rd in San Antonio. "But they were that intense, they were that focused and professional, and we were not".

Despite the final score, the Raptors held a 93-92 lead over Cleveland in the fourth quarter until Irving made a decision to take things into his own hands.

As a effect, the Rockets have totaled 21 fast-break points in two losses after recording 27 in their Game 1 rout. After averaging a league-leading 11.2 assists during the regular season and 12 in Games 1 and 2 in San Antonio, Harden produced five assists in Game 3.

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During the second quarter, the team announced he would be out for the remainder of the game.

"I'm a guy that's always ready to go", Murray said in a video on the Spurs' website. The Rockets blew out the Spurs during game 1 on May 1st, 126-99.

Rockets forward Ryan Anderson took just four shots on Friday, missing all of them from the 3-point line.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. It's enough to drive you insane but you just do your best. The big guy averaged just 14.8 points against Memphis, and had scored just 19 total points between Games 1 and 2, but stepped up his production with a monster 26-point, 7 rebound and 4-block performance Friday night. D'Antoni shared the honor with Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. San Antonio out-rebounded Houston 49-39 and were excellent on defense, despite not stopping Harden this time.

Head coach Gregg Popovich made the necessary adjustments after the Game 1 loss and kept things status quo after his point guard went down in Game 2.

The Rockets did all this without Nene, who suffered a groin injury two minutes in and could not play.

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