I’m torn over Thursday’s Game Six of the fascinating playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.
Like just about every basketball fan, I love coach Greg Popovich and would marvel at his ability to advance the Spurs despite the season-ending injury to point guard Tony Parker. On the other, I’d love to see a Western finals series between Golden State and Houston, the NBA’s two top-rated offenses.
Houston will give the Warriors a tougher series than the Spurs. Plus, I’d like to see the Warriors get pushed in the West final so they’re softened up a little bit more when they face a well-rested Cleveland team in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs looked like the Walking Dead in losing by 27 in the series opener. Yet Popovich has stuck for long stretches with his lumbering bigs – the duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol – against the Rockets’ small-ballers. Aldridge was great in Games Three and Five to help put the Spurs up, 3-2.
But Aldridge figures to be even more of a defensive liability against the mighty Warriors. Spurs or Rockets? Go Rockets.