The Spurs clinched a spot in the Western Conference Finals Thursday night, as they crushed the Rockets 114-75 in Houston to win their second round playoff series 4-2.
The result was a shocker not only because of the margin of victory, but also because the Spurs did it without their best player Kawhi Leonard who sat out the game with an injury.
When the news that Leonard would miss the game was announced a little over two hours before tipoff, almost everyone assumed that a Game 7 in San Antonio Sunday was inevitable. Here are some tweets…
My guess: Kawhi sits. Spurs are all about preventative care, hence the OT benching in Game 5. Game 7 ain't going away.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 11, 2017
Without knowing full extent of Kawhi's injury, a ballsy call from Pop. Game 7 will be a coin flip.
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) May 11, 2017
Spurs fans hearing that Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 6 pic.twitter.com/L6UVBq2gIj
— 12up (@12upSport) May 11, 2017
— TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) May 11, 2017
Rockets fans came prepared. pic.twitter.com/1k2J8hxi9H
— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) May 12, 2017
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) May 11, 2017
This tells me Pop is punting on a game the Rockets are supposed to win at home to maximize Kawhi's health for Game 7 https://t.co/e6MzZlbc4G
— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) May 11, 2017
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) May 11, 2017
Just took the rockets to win the series +230. Basically just betting on game 7 (in theory)
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) May 11, 2017
When you've put down stacks on Houston and find out Kawhi isn't playing pic.twitter.com/D6gsyyIQNu
— PNC (@PNC06) May 11, 2017
Vegas doesn't like the Spurs' chances sans Kawhi pic.twitter.com/tOvk78y9yA
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 11, 2017
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) May 11, 2017
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 11, 2017
When Spurs fans find out Kawhi Leonard out for Game 6 pic.twitter.com/Vk1Sp2Sx5Y
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) May 11, 2017
prob should've waited until I got confirmation kawhi was playing before pulling on that spurs moneyline pic.twitter.com/4nev4oTiTi
— daniel j. scotti (@scottipippen) May 11, 2017
Start Dekker in Game 7
— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) May 12, 2017