On Tuesday, the Houston Rockets will take the court for the first time since Friday night's 105-86 victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets are set to face off against the Dallas Mavericks, in a game that has a heightened magnitude.
Sure, it may seem like another Tuesday night to some Rockets fans, but with the NBA's new implementation of the In-Season Tournament, it could be a stepping stone for the young and hungry Rockets.
Beating your division and state I-45 rival may give fans the chance to gloat to finally be on Mavericks level in terms of playoff contender, but I alert everyone in the Rockets community to primarily focus on playing in Las Vegas. As of today, the Rockets are 2-1 in group play and only need one more win against Dallas to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.
Why the Houston Rockets' upcoming game against the Dallas Mavericks should matter a little more than usual.
Many are still trying to wrap up the idea of an actual In-Season Champion and the response of both the league and the fans, but the tournament finally gives the younger teams, such as Houston to make a household name for themselves. The Rockets do not have a televised game in the national market, meaning it makes it difficult for some NBA casuals or diehards to see a team surprising the league.
With a chance to play in Vegas, the Rockets will be seen on either ESPN or TNT to finally get the recognition that they deserve. The best defensive team in the NBA deserves its shot to make headlines to show the world what everyone has downplayed after three abysmal seasons.