Nene, 34, has averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game during Houston's nine postseason contests.
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Sunday night, things went considerably better for the Rockets bench.
Eric Gordon added 22 points with six 3-pointers, Trevor Ariza had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams each had 13 points for the Rockets, who never trailed and led by as many as 25 points. Sometimes you just have to know when to fold 'em - or you know saving minutes for your best players with a pivotal Game 5 looming is more important than trying to mount an unlikely comeback.
INJURY UPDATE: Parker (left leg) is out for the playoffs. He finished with a quiet 16 points, his lowest point total of the playoffs. The fact that he went to the University of Houston is extra salt in the wound.
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Dejounte Murray started for the San Antonio Spurs. First, there is no debate as to the magnitude of what the Spurs could have accomplished last night. Yet Leonard seemed oddly passive throughout the evening for a first-team All-NBAer, shooting the ball only 14 times and getting to the line just three times.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving has the scoring numbers in these playoffs (23.3 per game), but his shooting is just under 40 percent. Nene hassles David Lee, LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs other bigs when he's on the floor, and that's all the Rockets need him to do on that end.
"This is a big stage they did it on", he said. He is very energetic and isn't afraid to take a shot when the San Antonio Spurs are down.
With that, as the Rockets revs up a Ferrari offense, the Spurs will be monster trucks and the race to the Western Conference Finals is on. Even with the Rockets short-handed in the front court (starter Clint Capela battled foul trouble and backup center Nene exited with a groin injury), he and Pau Gasol failed to take advantage in the paint, while Houston used its smaller lineups to pull both away from the basket as often as possible. He's been in my life since I can remember, been in my cousins' life since I can remember ... tough. It can not be understated how important Nene has been and is for this team. It will be up to D'Antoni to devise a blueprint from everything he's seen from these four games and all their clashes of yesteryear. However, Harrell has played only 18 minutes during this postseason. He has been glued to the bench this series. The Spurs responded well after their loss in Game 2 as they went on to win the next two games of the series and I think they'll bounce back again, especially at home in this pivotal Game 5. Game 4, 6:30 p.m., TNT.