The San Antonio Spurs-Houston Rockets competition has been relatively dormant for nearly two decades. There are moments of matches between David Robinson/Hakim Olajuwon, such as 13 of 35 games, but since the Admiral and the Dream team were eliminated, the IH-10 competition has not entered the season. Playoffs.
When the new opponent of the “Spurs Five” moved from Oklahoma City to Houston, everything began to change. The arrival of James Harden helped bring the Rockets into the best era since the 1990s, which brought other competitions in Texas into the focus of attention again. The whole process was full of classic moments. The most recent one was an instant classic of last season, including the career night of Lonnie Walker IV. It was also one of the biggest subjective errors in history. The referee dropped an obvious Harden dunk and then destroyed it. The coach̵
What made the game a reality again was that the playoff series, which had been absent for 22 consecutive years, finally took place in the second round of 2017. The Spurs were initially favored, but had to lose to Tony Parker in a season. Fight hard, end the injury and Kawhi Leonard’s ankle sprain (including all games in the 6th). The result was a classic moment in Game 5, followed by a shocking blowout in Game 6, when Harden basically did not play and the understaffed Spurs led to a line-to-line blowout.
At least in the eyes of Spurs fans, at least in the eyes of Spurs fans, the above-mentioned games may remind many aspects of Harden’s time with the Rockets: their incredible ability to keep him out of the clutch. It has happened at least five times, dating back to Tim Duncan in 2015, all the way to Jakob Poeltl last season (twice). There is also a place of Manu Ginobili.
Therefore, we bid farewell to James Harden, who is about to head to the Brooklyn Nets. Thank you for helping to resurrect the once classic dormant competition, and most importantly, thank you for all the good memories. I only regret that the Spurs never had a chance to say goodbye in the next two games. Those moments will be missed.