The Spurs offense has clicked the last two games with Kawhi Leonard running the pick-and-roll more.
The Rockets’ offense has stalled, but not because of James Harden, who had 43 points Friday night and was making plays.
Those two starts had basically back-to-back massive dunks in Game 3. First Leonard got a pick from Pau Gasol and got past Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson slid alongside more concerned about a kick-out to Gasol and the corner than Leonard, and when Clint Capella came over late he was simply in the poster.
Then James Harden drove the lane and saw Gasol sitting in the paint defending the rim — as he has done effectively for a couple of games now — and just went at him and dunked over the Spaniard.
The Spurs went on to win the game and take a 2-1 series lead as Leonard got help (26 from LaMarcus Aldridge, for example) while Harden’s help didn’t show up for the second straight game. Harden hasn’t been able to do enough on his own to win games without that support, which feels a little ironic considering Rockets’ fans’ arguments for Harden over Russell Westbrook in the MVP race.