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Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks game preview

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I know that the majority of Rockets fans are also Astros fans. I’m also aware that several of you who frequent this blog are not Astros/baseball fans. This is a basketball blog, after all. It’s a “Houston” blog nominally because Houston is where the Rockets play.

But hopefully that latter group will excuse me today because I want to talk about the Astros. And omens. We’re about to get depressing.

On May 11 of this year, the Houston Rockets had their most important game of the 2016-17 season. It was Game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets had blown Game 5 in San Antonio and had to win at home to keep the series going.

You know that the Rockets shit the bed. It’s a game that will land squarely on James Harden’s ledger when we talk about his greatness and his placement among the all-time greats in NBA history. His Game 6 performance was a dud. Whether it was due to fatigue, a Spurs defense, monumental pressure, or some other factor, it doesn’t matter. The game was difficult to watch, and most Houston sports fans changed the channel to watch the Astros.

The Astros were in New York taking on the Yankees in a 4-game series early in the season. As the Rockets were putting the finishing touches on a stinker of epic proportions, here’s how the Astros game ended.

It was an amazing win for Houston, defeating the media darlings in New York and announcing themselves as a force to be reckoned with during the season.

Why is all of this a bad omen?

Well, tonight the Astros play the biggest game in franchise history. They will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series to determine the best team in baseball.

Where will the Rockets be? In New York, taking on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The Rockets’ season ended with a thud on the same day the other Houston team was in New York. The Astros’ season ends today either way, with the other Houston team in New York.

Let’s talk about the Knicks for a bit before you guys rip me to shreds.

The Knicks started the season 0-3 and the team looked like what you expected from a squad that traded its best scorer: young, mistake-prone, and with a front office okay with losing.

Since then, they have rattled off three straight victories and are riding as high as the Rockets are low. They thrashed the Nets, went into Cleveland and beat the defending East champs by 19, and came home and beat the sexy dark horse pick Denver Nuggets at MSG.

Kristaps Porzingis is still a unicorn basketball god. Tim Hardaway Jr. was overpaid like crazy but he single-handedly beat the Rockets last season with the Hawks. Courtney Lee never misses mid-range jumpers against Houston. Jarrett Jack (yes, him) has 19 assists over his last two games. Enes Kanter cannot guard James Harden, but he’s money from the block against the Rockets.

Kyle O’Quinn can have incredible +/- despite the score, per Reggie Miller.

So yeah, let’s make some predictions.

Prediction: Saddest day in Houston sports history. Astros lose 12-0 and the Rockets get steamrolled by the Knicks, 120-99.

Tip-off is at 7pm CT on ESPN