The state rivalry between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs runs deep, spanning to the 1995 NBA Western Conference Finals, when Hakeem Olajuwon dominated David Robinson to the tune of 35.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4.2 blocks, and 56 percent from the floor.
Robinson's former teammate Dennis Rodman later explained that Robinson was terrified of Olajuwon.
"[Robinson] got eaten alive by Hakeem Olajuwon that whole series. They asked me to guard Olajuwon, and I refused. Before those games, he looked so [expletive] scared in the locker room, he couldn’t stop shaking.”
So you can understand why Spurs fans would have a disdain towards the Rockets. And especially considering Fred VanVleet's disrespect towards Gregg Popovich.
The Rockets and Spurs have had a rough stretch in recent memory, as both teams have found themselves in a rebuild and were players in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. As we all know, the Spurs landed the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and were gifted Wembanyama, who is viewed as the best prospect since LeBron James in 2003.
Wembanyama and the Spurs squared off against the Rockets earlier in the season and nabbed a 126-122 victory in overtime, due in large part, to questionable officiating. Since then, the Rockets have won three consecutive games and have gone 3-1 in their last four games, with their only loss coming to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
By contrast, the Spurs have gone 2-3 since defeating the Rockets and have had two 40-point blowouts, including on Monday to the Indiana Pacers. Wembanyama has averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 31.8 percent from the field in those blowout losses (7-of-22).
Spurs fans, stop using the Rockets to cope with embarrassing losses
But for some reason, Spurs fans seem to have their sights set on the Rockets, who currently sit one spot above the Spurs in the Western Conference standings.
Take a listen for yourself, as the highly-talented Carolina Teague had the Rockets on her mind in light of the Spurs' drubbing on her weekly show, League of Her Own.
First off, this isn't a knock against Carolina Teague, as she produces great content. In fact, if you aren't following her already, you should do that right now.
I'll make it easy for you and provide you with her social media handle.
Again, she produces great content and I'm not suggesting otherwise. With that being said, this is kind of an asinine take, to put it politely.
"These dominating games are gonna happen. They're not gonna win every da- game. It's just not gonna work like that. Now, I will tell you that even though they lost by 41 points to the Pacers, they're still gonna have a better record than the Rockets."
Why are the Rockets the go-to after a 41 point defeat? Why would they be the measuring stick?
The Spurs were determined to be signficantly better than the Rockets in the latest power rankings so why would a Spurs fan be using the Rockets as a form of solace after a 152-111 beat-down?
Maybe it's me, but the Spurs should be worried about more important things than the Rockets. Thinking about an entirely different organization while you're getting baptized isn't gonna make it any better for you.
And you're going to look foolish if the Rockets do finish with a better record than the Spurs, especially since you have Wembanyama.