Get ready for a Texas-sized playoff matchup. After disposing of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 on Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs set up a Western Conference semifinal meeting with the Houston Rockets.
Here’s everything we know so far about the seven-game series, as well as a look back at what they did during the regular season:
Spurs vs. Rockets Playoff Schedule
Dates and times courtesy of the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen
Game 1, Monday, May 1: Rockets at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 2, Wednesday, May 3: Rockets at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 3, Friday, May 5: Spurs at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 4, Sunday, May 7: Spurs at Rockets, Time TBD
Game 5*, Tuesday, May 9: Rockets at Spurs, Time TBD
Game 6*, Thursday, May 11: Spurs at Rockets, Time TBD
Game 7*, Sunday, May 14: Rockets at Spurs, Time TBD
Spurs vs. Rockets Regular Season Recap
San Antonio took three of four during the regular season, but every contest was tight. They played twice in early November, with the Rockets winning the first, 101-99, and the Spurs getting revenge, 106-100, just three days later.
The next matchup came in December, with the Spurs winning by two thanks to a late three-pointer from Patty Mills. And in early March, they had a battle that was once again decided by two points, with Kawhi Leonard pouring in 39 points to lead San Antonio to a 112-110 victory.
In those four games, James Harden averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 assists and 9.0 rebounds per contest, but the Rockets’ struggles from beyond the three-point arc proved too much to overcome. Houston, which led the NBA in three-pointers made per game (14.4) during the season, shot an anemic 28.4 percent from deep and hit just 9.6 threes per game gainst the Spurs.
On the other end, Leonard was nearly unstoppable, averaging 28.5 points with a 63.4 true-shooting percentage.
Ultimately, though, it was four games, zero decided by more than six points, and an average margin of victory of three points. This one could easily go seven, and even if doesn’t, it’s likely going to be highly entertaining along the way.
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