Sorry for the short preview today, but with the election occurring last night I'm sure most people won't be particularly interested in a basketball preview.
The Spurs will be getting Danny Green and Tony Parker back for tonight's game, to which Houston fans will say "Of course they are." Parker is the type of jitterbug point guard that always gives the Rockets trouble, not to mention the fact that he's, you know, really good at basketball. And Danny Chronic lights up the Rockets every time they face off, even if he's in the midst of an 0-50 shooting slump (see: last year).
The Rockets will finally be wrapping up this 5-game road trip tonight. With the Rockets 2-2 so far, tonight's game is more of a potential to put icing on the cake than a must-win situation. Houston won the two games they should have won, lost one that they were supposed to lose, and lost a toss-up to the Hawks. While I'm sure the Rockets don't want a below-.500 road trip, coming back home and being 4-4 despite playing seven of their first eight games on the road is a pretty darn good start.
These teams will also face off again on Saturday. That will be a much bigger contest for Houston.
Just a few more things about the Spurs, presented by Bullet Points, the Lazy Man's Best Friend (h/t Xiane):
- Yes, the Spurs lost Tim Duncan to retirement.
- Yes, they are still contenders.
- No, we haven't forgotten about them.
- No really, we haven't forgotten about them.
- Yes, we're still going to get columns from ESPN and SI in January telling us that we're sleeping on the Spurs.
- No, we won't be sleeping on the Spurs. Not even then.
- James Harden vs. Kawhi Leonard is going to be amazing.
- The Spurs HEB commercials were a bit lacking this year, but my favorite was definitely the one about the Retirement Club:
As always Tony must dominate Fisher.
Make sure to head over to Pounding The Rock, the Spurs blog of SB Nation. They're weird and don't use the subject line in their comments, but they're good people. We'll even forgive them if they think Tim Duncan was better than Hakeem. Sometimes people are just wrong.
Tip-off is at 8:30pm CT on ESPN.