The Houston Rockets ended up tying up the Series before heading back to San Antonio to play the Spurs for a game 5 situation.
This game the Spurs came out defensively flat. That seems to be the motto of the Spurs whenever they lose games. As a result, it usually throws them out of sync offensively. Now, the Spurs did go on some very short runs that seemed as though things could turn around, but the Rockets took control of this game and pretty much never looked back.
If you ask me, this series is the most exciting series so far in the playoffs and across the board for the second round. Why? Well, unlike the Wizards and Celtics series where Boston has won both games at home and the Wizards have done the same--the Spurs and the Rockets have already won a game on the road. And, you know what they say, a series doesn't start until the road team wins.
Sticking to a 7 Game Series Prediction
The Spurs have put together a 2 game win in this series, and Rocket fans may expect the Rockets to do the same. I just don't see that happening!
Coach Pop has a proven track record of coming back after a lost and redeeming himself. He just knows how to take what an opposing team did well in their win against him and either take it away from them, or use it against them. He's simply the best coach in basketball coaching a small market team right into an unforgettable legacy.
Yes, the Spurs aren't the same team without Tony Parker. I completely agree, and yes, this is a new core of players and the expectations should be different regardless of history. I get that.
With that said, the Spurs have enough veterans on their team who's been to the promise land. The Rockets not so much. Off the top of my head they have one or two players, but none of them were key to winning a championship. Now, an argument can be made for Trevor Ariza, but I wouldn't make that argument.
The Spurs will win game 5, lose game 6, and go back home to San Antonio and win a highly anticipated game 7. I see it happening exactly this way, because both teams will begin to play out of desperation, but it's their role players that will make a difference, and as we know, historically role players play good at home and not on the road. As a result, this series is in favor of the Spurs. Even without Tony Parker.
It's a little easier to steal a game in a series when you're there for 2 games straight. And, I will agree that the Spurs got punched in the mouth in their game 1 bout--losing that game. However, I think they were experiencing a series hangover from playing the Memphis Grizzlies.
With everything said, I'm not picking the Spurs to lose this series. However, if the Rockets end up proving me wrong...I feel sorry for them, because if they play against the Warriors, they're a worse match up against them than the Spurs.
The Spurs can slow the Warriors down. On the other hand, I can see the Rockets trying to outscore the Warriors and that will not end up being in their favor.