The San Antonio Spurs now have won six of their last seven Game 5s when leading a playoff series 3-1.
Tony Parker left the game with an injury in the second quarter, but the Spurs still had enough firepower left for yet another blowout victory, this one a 104-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers that closed out the Western Conference semifinals in five games Wednesday at AT&T Center.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 22 points, with Leonard coming away with five steals and seven rebounds, to lead the Spurs to the Western Conference finals. San Antonio will have home court against either Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, who play Game 6 of their series Thursday in L.A., with the Thunder up 3-2.
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN