Kawhi Leonard and Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni agree about Game 2, a 103-92 road win. Despite winning without starting point guard Tony Parker (injury), Leonard said afterwards: “We got a win but definitely still have to make some adjustments.” It was a win in Houston by double digits, a win that saw heretofore reluctant LaMarcus Aldridge emerge with 26 points — you’d think Leonard might say the Spurs adjusted well. But no, not enough. More work to do.
D’Antoni seemed to see the same thing. “Nothing [the Spurs] did should have bothered us,” he said. “We just didn’t play well.” D’Antoni didn’t see a stifling Spurs defense that his team needs to adjust to. He didn’t see lack of opportunity; he saw missed opportunities. Leonard’s cautious view concurs. Houston’s James Harden and Patrick Beverley both got technicals as the frustration mounted. Spurs lead the series 2-1.