Whilst you wouldn’t expect anything less than a Spurs win, their incredible run has come to an end, and that could be pounced upon as they welcome a Rockets side with Shooting Guard James Harden in scintillating form.
Harden starred in their pre-season win over the team that are currently 13-2 and has carried his form right through the regular season averaging 24.2 PPG. The 24-year-old has hit plus-30 three times already and has played a vital role in the side that have won four of their last five.
The Rockets lie just behind San Antonio in the Southwest division standings but have lost four more games than the team who have just ended an incredible 11-game winning streak. The Texans came runners up in the NBA Championship last season and will be looking to avenge that, beginning with the I-10 rivalry game on Saturday November 30.
San Antonio have had a difficult week however, as they came up against their first real test on Wednesday November 27 in Oklahoma. Having managed to avoid the majority of the bigger sides so far this season, they finally took a tumble after an inspired Durant performance.
The OKC captain was chomping at the bit to end the Spurs run and ensured his team remains firmly in the top three of the Western Conference. Scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds he helped take the game away from the Spurs in the third, whilst Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also chipped in with 35 points between them to take the game to 94-88 at the buzzer.
It’ll no doubt be a wakeup call for the Spurs who also don’t have it easy travelling to the Magic on Friday before taking on the Rockets and Harden who will be equally as testing a day later.
But one thing is for sure, they will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they look to continue to dominate the Western Standings and show Miami of the east, that they’re gunning to take the Championship crown. Considered by many as only a minor blip on Wednesday, it did show they perhaps have a weakness against the top sides, which will send Harden’s men into the weekend full of confidence.
And the Rockets have a slightly easier run in too. Beginning with Kevin Garnett’s Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have only won three this season and won’t be fancied against the Rockets who will travel down the Interstate 10 a day later to meet their fellow Texans. The Rockets have beaten difficult opposition this season already, defeating the Trail Blazers, the only side prior to Wednesday to beat Spurs this season.
This game shouldn’t in theory be a tough one to call. Spurs have pretty much demolished everything put in front of them, but what is for sure, is that it certainly won’t be as easy when they take on their Texan rivals.