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NBA Playoffs 2017: Rooting for the rotten Rockets against the Spurs in Game 6

Facing elimination, the Rockets will need to win tonight in order to force a Game 7.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets (Spurs lead series 3-2)

5pm PST; ESPN

As predicted, the last time these two teams faced off was one of the best game of this year’s playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs held off the Houston Rockets in OT in a win highlighted by the elderly Manu Ginobli getting a beautiful block on James Harden’s attempted game-winner.

Tonight, we swallow our pride and root for the Rockets.

I know, I know...distasteful. But if the Spurs do manage to close this series out tonight, it sets up our next series opener for 12:30 in the afternoon on Mother’s Day. A win by the Rockets tonight would put off the Western Conference Finals to Tuesday night; it would allow more rest for the team, and a more reasonable watching time for the fans.

The big news here is that Kawhi Leonard is officially OUT for the game tonight, after rolling his ankle in the 4th quarter of Game 5. The Spurs are smart. Too smart to risk entering a series against the Warriors with a possibly hobbled star player. Jonathon Simmons will replace Leonard and while we should expect plenty of dropoff between the two, it’s not a given that the Spurs are simply conceding this game. Under any scenario, the Spurs understand that their next game is much more important that tonight’s, no matter who they face on Sunday.

Welp. I hate to do it, but I guess I’m going with the Rockets by 12. Yuck.

Keep your necks nice and loose - it’s gonna be a floppy affair!

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