Rockets' Patrick Beverley tears up talking about late grandfather

Rockets' Patrick Beverley tears up talking about late grandfather

The Spurs announced on Thursday that Parker has a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left leg.

Along with home court, the Rockets were also aided with Spurs' Tony Parker going down with a knee injury.

The Interstate 10 rivals will meet again for Game 4 at the Toyota Center late Sunday night at 8pm (Monday 8 am in Manila).

I expected a bigger outing in this one from Manu Ginobili. No matter what obstacles are going to come in his way, he's going to get through it.

Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) shoots a three pointer during the first half of Game 1 of the second-round of the Western Conference NBA playoffs at AT&T Center, Monday, May 1, 2017, in San Antonio.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston.

"As always, he's probably the heart and soul, the guy, he's just incredible", D'Antoni said postgame. "I've just got to get comfortable again and just go out there and play". It is going to be the most important game of the Rockets' franchise in recent memory.

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Gasol had been coming off the bench since last starting January 17, but his addition as a starter in Games 2 and 3 has triggered a turnaround based on defense and clutch shots. That includes running up the tempo on offence and pushing the ageing San Antonio side to the limit on the physical front. "The atmosphere is way different". Though, perhaps the biggest difference on that end of the floor was Aldridge's aggressive play. If he's scoring 20-plus points per contest - or, more in line with what he averaged in Portland - than the Spurs are nigh impossible to beat. I feel awful for Tony.

Prior to Game 2, Pau Gasol hadn't started a game since being injured in a freak pre-game incident in mid-January.

And Popovich has better players than D'Antoni. That's how we play. "Nobody's accomplished anything yet". They finish the game shooting 36.4 percent and have hit 12 three pointers in this one.

After a rough shooting effort in games two and three, the Houston Rockets found their shot in Game 4. It clearly means a ton they got 26 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots out of LaMarcus Aldridge after he'd been pretty mediocre offensively through the first eight games of the playoffs, but Gasol's presence through the last two games has been crucial.

For Popovich, the game was lost in the first quarter, when the Rockets had 13 fast-break points.

"It's a challenge", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They've got great shooters and great athletes". If you're missing shots and not getting rebounds, it's tough to run. The Spurs did what they had to do, and now it's up to D'Antoni to make the necessary adjustments (if he has any). It's enough to drive you insane. That's precisely what happened last night in Houston as they convincingly took Game 3, 103-92. After they handled that with a win in Game 3, the next was dealing with an angry team facing a must-win situation in its home venue.