While Leonard is still listed as ‘Questionable’ for tonight’s game, playing him could be disastrous. Coach Popovich knows this; he won’t play Leonard if it worsens the injury. Without Kahwi Leonard, the Rockets are obligated to win game six. Consequently, if James Harden is a no show (Injured or Not), the Rockets next season will be replaced with the Serbian league All-Stars. The two-time DOY has stifled the Rockets outside shooting and limited Harden’s output on offense.
In recent years, Harden has been hard to find when the going has gotten tough. Even with Leonard out, the Rockets could see their MVP Candidate put up a dud like in game two. With NeNe out, the team has a lack of options off the bench and have lost most of their inside game and have limited their offensive output.
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 11, 2017
However, the same can be said for the Spurs without their leading scorer. Something about an offense that revolves around living fossil, Pau Gasol, and Patty Mills is not encouraging. With game seven on the horizon expect to see Leonard back and hopefully see another showing as we saw in game 5. The winner gets the honor of losing to the Warriors in 5 or fewer games.
In the Wizards five games in Boston this year they’re 0-5. Although, at home in the DMV, they’re 4-0 and win on average by a margin of over 20 points. Despite having their first thorough success of the series, the Celtics are going to blow game six. Regardless of your side, it’s undeniable the Wizards have been unstoppable at home. The Wizards starting five has thoroughly outplayed the C’s so far, and that will likely be the case on Friday.
Isaiah Thomas may have a broken jaw, and Avery Bradley is playing on two bad hips, but the C’s will need them if they are to beat the Wiz. When on the road, Boston and Washington have found nothing but inconsistency. The bench has been the main difference for both teams. They have sporadically shown up in times of need. Moreover, the Wizards need players like Brandon Jennings and Kelly Oubre to show something back in D.C.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 9, 2017
John Wall has shown his two-way ability, and given that Boston has no chance on Friday, Wall will have an opportunity to certify himself a superstar with a game seven upset of the number one seed. If they can pull it off the Wizards will match up with the Cavaliers who bring match up problems all around. The Cavs have no one that can legitimately guard Wall and Bradley Beal matches up well against Cleveland’s old heads. Other than Bostons game five showing, the games in the TD Garden have been relatively competitive toward the end, and if everything works out, we’ll get another showing of each team at their best.
Oh yeah and here’s a tweet from Metta World Peace, who is very committed to giving consistent takes….
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 11, 2017