On Sunday, the start of the second round series officially began. There are plenty of interesting match-ups coming up, including the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

The Rockets took care of the Oklahoma City Thunder in round one, winning in five games. The Spurs had a much more challenging series facing the Memphis Grizzlies, but prevailed in six games.

This will certainly be an interesting series. Both teams are extremely talented and each possess all-time NBA talents in Kawhi Leonard and James Harden. We will see a clash of styles as well. The Spurs want to keep play controlled and at a pace they’re comfortable with, particularly keeping it a half-court game. Houston will want to get out and run, shooting at high volumes in transition.

The Spurs had some nice contributions from their bench in the last round. David Lee played extremely well along with Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills. Their bench will be key and they’ll need to play well on defense to give the Spurs a chance. The Rockets have very explosive players even on the bench.

For years the Spurs have been ‘too old’ and ‘not that good anymore.’ And for some years now, the Spurs have been proving everyone wrong. Tony Parker and Ginobili are future Hall of Famers and they still put up decent numbers on the offensive end.

Outside of those two, the Spurs aren’t really all that old. The team is really led by Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge hasn’t played up to expectations since joining the squad, but he has the talent to take over a game and he’s the third most talented player in this series.

The Rockets are not a team to be taken lightly. Their defense has been largely criticized at times but a lot of that is misconstrued. They have some nice defensive pieces in Patrick Beverley, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela, and Nene. Their offense will drive the team and as stated above, they have offensive weapons throughout the squad.

Prediction: Rockets In 6

Houston just has too much firepower. While the Spurs have some nice offensive pieces, it won’t be enough to diminish what Houston will do on the offensive end. We’ve often seen in the past that the teams who play faster win. Expect this series to be no different.

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