Yay! The Rockets have homecourt advantage now!
(Lee Corso voice) Not so fast, my friend!
What’s more likely in this series: multiple wins by the road team or the Rockets winning Games 3, 4, and 6?
Yeah, definitely the first one.
The Rockets are coming off a series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team with plenty of youth that thrived off the atmosphere of their home crowd while wilting in the face of a raucous road crowd.
The Spurs, much like the Rockets, are a different beast. Most of the Spurs have been here before, but the real key is that the young players for San Antonio have lots of veterans to look at for guidance.
“Oh hey, Manu doesn’t look like he’s panicking. Tony’s dropping another sick French rap with Rickwel. Patty is still speaking Australian. Kawhi is getting his OS update. If they aren’t panicking, I guess I shouldn’t either.”
It’s a simple thing, but it has to make Dewayne Dedmon, Jonathan Simmons, and Kyle Anderson feel a lot more relaxed heading into Game 2. And Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray have to feel okay too.
So Houston got Game 1. Great. Now they have no choice but to get greedy. In the playoffs, against anyone but ESPECIALLY against the Spurs, you cannot let opportunities slip through your fingers.
Prediction: Spurs spend 48 hours hypnotizing LaMarcus Aldridge to make him think Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson are Terrence Jones. He morphs into LaMarcus Olajuwon and decimates the Rockets by hitting 25 straight long-2s with a hand in his face. After each one, he stares at Morey and mouths, “Long 2 is bae.” Morey decides to completely scrap Moreyball and switch to Turnerball.
Spurs in 5.
Tip-off is at 8:30pm CT on TNT.