The San Antonio Spurs VS The Houston Rockets
They are now calling it “The Showdown in Texas”. Two of the best teams in the NBA Western Conference has advanced in the second round of the playoffs. The systematic San Antonio Spurs and the fast-paced Houston Rockets will collide in a match that will lead to the Western Conference Finals. With two MVP candidates leading the charge for their respective teams (Kawhi Leonard for San Antonio and James Harden for the Rockets), we can expect a grueling grudge-match of quality basketball in the next days to come. Who will come out on top? Let’s take a look at both teams.
The San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs ended the 2017 Regular Season with the #2 spot in the Western Conference. Only the Golden State Warriors had a better league record. Going into the playoffs they would face the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs and the Grizzlies almost always met at the first round of the playoffs this time around they would be going against a better Conley-Gasol duo. But in an exciting six games, Kawhi and Parker led the Spurs to win 4-2 and advanced to the second round. Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol locked arms many times during the series. The two brothers exchanged warm hugs after the last game. Vince Carter also had a warm moment with fellow veteran Tony Parker. All in all, the Spurs-Grizzlies series was top-notch basketball. The Spurs move on to the next round where they will face fellow Texan team Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets
Like the Spurs, the Houston Rockets is a team with championship history. Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler brought the Rockets back-to-back championships in the 90’s. Now James Harden (an MVP favorite) is leading the charge along with Nene and Trevor Ariza. They beat Russell Westbrook’s Thunder in five games and looks poised to take on the Spurs and a chance at the NBA Finals.
Which team will prevail? The two teams have very different play-styles. Gregg Popovich has a time-tested team first system which led him and his Spurs to 5-championships. James Harden shoots the ball more than 50% of the time when it comes to Rockets possessions. Will Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard be up to the task? Watch the playoffs daily and check the schedules at NBA.com to find out!
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