Can the Houston Rockets even up the season series at two a piece tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers?
Whenever the Rockets and Clippers play each other, there’s a good chance that there will be a meme-worthy moment.
When these teams met up back on Jan. 15, a fight nearly took place in the “secret tunnels” of Staples Center that lit Twitter on fire. The NBA investigated the incident and subsequently suspended Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green.
Then on Feb. 28, James Harden pulled off the crossover of the year on Wesley Johnson. Harden added to the theatrics of dropping Johnson by staring at him and even licking his lips before nailing a 3-pointer. The meme makers of the internet had themselves a blast.
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) March 1, 2018
Will there be a third memorable event in the last matchup of the season between these two teams? Who knows, we’ll have to watch the game to find out.
But what’s more important is that the Rockets are able to tie up the season series with the Clippers. The Clippers lead the season series with the Rockets 2-1 after winning the first two meetings by double digits. In fact, the Clippers are the only team in the NBA with victories over the Rockets, Warriors, Raptors and Celtics, which are the top four teams in the league.
Houston also needs to continue winning in order to keep the No. 1 seed over the Warriors, who are just 1.5 games behind. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are expected to miss at least a week, so the Rockets have an opportunity to extend their lead in the standings over the Warriors.
For the Clippers, Avery Bradley is out for the season after abdominal surgery. Patrick Beverley is also out for the rest of the season after knee surgery and Danilo Gallinari is out with a fracture in his hand.