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The Rockets face the last year's Western Conference champions and this year's leaders tonight when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the Alamo City.

I have to go against Duncan tomorrow? COME ON MAN!
I have to go against Duncan tomorrow? COME ON MAN!
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I've already mentioned countless times that I wish the Rockets were like the Spurs. I want them to expect to win like the Spurs. I want McHale to morph into Gregg Popovich. I want James Harden and Dwight Howard to exude the quiet confidence that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker possess. I want our young, developing players to fit into the system as well as the all the Spurs' rotational players.

But that doesn't happen overnight.

Anyway, I'll go to this: every year, everyone forgets about the Spurs. "This is the year they'll be old," they say. Or, "Tim Duncan has to retire soon, right?" And the Spurs go under the radar the whole year, which they love.

But not this year, and not here.

THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA AND ARE GOING TO WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON.

There's my prediction. Got it memorized? There will be no underestimating the Spurs on The Dream Shake while I am around. They are too good, too deep, too well-coached.

It's really a shame that both teams are coming off a back-to-back, even if both teams won pretty convincing games and no player from either team logged 30 minutes last night. The Rockets won a very Spurs-esque game by winning big and putting it away early. That allowed McHale to rest his starters for tonight's contest. It's next to impossible to win in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 7-0 early this season, but if you could plan ahead, this is how you would want to travel to San Antonio.

Also, as a nod to our comrades at Pounding the Rock, James must dominate Fisher.

Tip-off is at 7:30pm CST.

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