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Social Media A-Flutter With Clutch City Premiere Tonight

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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If you’re a Houston Rockets fan, I probably don’t need to remind you the debut of “Clutch City” occurs tonight on NBA TV at 9 P.M. Eastern.  Heck, if you’re an NBA fan you likely already have your DVR’s programmed.

What might surprise you is all the activity on social media the past few days as basketball fans, retired players, current players and even people who recall the back-to-back Rockets Championships take to their computers to outlet their excitement. Last week the fever pitch began to build as an early V.I.P. pre-screening occurred and the hype has been building ever since.

There has even been a healthy debate going on between Golden State Warrior fans and Rockets fans. NOTE: Apparently the Warriors aren’t aware being “Clutch” isn’t simply about closing out a series, rather its over coming major adversity and winning in spite of it. Something similar to … oh yeah what the Rockets did in the West Semi Finals by coming back to win the series after being down 3 games to 1 and doing it in dramatic fashion on the road down 19 with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter… Yeah,  that would be deemed Clutch.

Or more precisely, it would be the run the Houston Rockets of 1994 and 1995 had. Specifically over coming the debilitating back-to-back losses suffered on their home court to Phoenix after leading both games by double digits. And then later coming from behind 3-2 in the Finals series to beat the New York Knicks. Yes, that team who suffered the embarrassment of being called Choke City (as had many a sports franchise in Houston lore) was the reason Houston can now be found on a GPS system simply by typing in Clutch City.

And of course there’s this little matter of Champ Sports labeling a team other than Houston as “Clutch City” and just as quickly deleting their tweet. Oops!

.@champssports has killed tweet saying "The real Clutch City is in #GoldenState." Foot Locker flak did not return call for comment. #Rockets

— David Barron (@dfbarron) May 28, 2015

Given the stampede to social media regarding the term “Clutch City”, the show tonight and in honor of the players who donned Houston shirts or worked the sidelines I thought I’d share a sampling from the plethora of activity observed on Twitter recently.

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