The Spurs Took Control Against The Rockets Thanks To Their Eclectic Role Players

05.10.17 11 months ago 2 Comments

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When Kawhi Leonard exited Game 5 between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets with 34 seconds remaining in regulation, it felt as if a death blow had been struck for the home team. Then, moments later, Leonard’s absence as a result of an ankle injury felt doubly important, as a Patty Mills game-winner was waved off after being released after the buzzer.

That hiccup prompted the reality of a five-minute overtime period without the best player available for San Antonio, but in true Spurs-ian fashion, the role players erupted and the favorites were able to escape with what seemed like a heist of a victory.

Earlier in the evening, Manu Ginobili made it (quite) clear that he wasn’t ready to go quietly into the night.

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