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The Ultimate and The Penultimate

Ooh, mysterious. Also, Clippers at Rockets.

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Do not go gently.
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The Rockets face the penultimate test of the season, and likely, their penultimate loss in the losingest season in franchise history. It’s some comfort that such seasons are rare, and that this one had a lot of extenuating circumstances with which you are no doubt familiar.

The Rockets will likely end a 72 game season with 56 losses. Let’s hope we have no reason to suffer such a season again soon, and that the “reward” for the Rockets pain will be shortly forthcoming in the form of a 1-1 draft pick. The NBA has done it for other teams that are more intrinsically hapless than the Rockets. It would be nice to see that luck fall towards a team, really the only team, that attempted to compete with the Cap Spike Warriors, rather than turtling like most of the NBA.

It is also the ultimate night of broadcasting for Rockets legend Bill Worrell. I will have more to say, most likely, in the game recap about Bill, but he’s one of the last of the old breed of, as I call them, “genial homers”. Farewell Bill, even though you have never known me, we’ve shared a lot of memories together. Good luck on the links.

Tonight the Rockets face a franchise in the Clippers that retains one element despite all changes in players, coaches, and even owners. They’re whiny and unlikeable. Seriously, what’s likable about any Clipper? I guess being a “B List” team will do that to you.

Houston Rockets (16-53) vs. Los Angeles Clippies (47-23) May 14, 2021, 8:00 p.m. CT

Location: Toyota Center Houston

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: SportsTalk790

Online: Rockets App

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Projected Starting Lineups

Rockets: Who knows? Seriously. Who the hell knows?

Clippies: A bunch of guys who manage the rare feat of being super annoying, yet incredibly boring and uninteresting. Except Pat Beverley who is admittedly annoying, but interesting.


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