Oct 24, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale talks to center Dwight Howard (12) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT

Houston: We have two problems

Dec 22, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Josh Selby (2) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Grizzlies 121-96. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Josh Selby (2) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Grizzlies 121-96. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

 

7-3 in their last ten, our Beale Street Bears are looking to avoid a major road block on their way to above .500 status with a season series ending home-and-away set of games against Houston this Friday and Saturday. The Rockets are 8-2 in their last ten, and are 2-0 against Memphis this season.

With a pathetic 0-10 record against divisional opponents, the Grizz can ill-afford to drop these next two; but, it appears as if splitting the couple would feel just as good as a sweep.

Sitting at 20-20, the BSBs sit two games back of the 8th seeded Dallas Mavs, who the team will host in little over a week. Seven games sit in-between this playoff or bust match-up, with only 2 of them occurring in Memphis.

In terms of the Rockets, Memphis dropped the first match-up at home by 7 in November, and then on the road by 8 in December. The line for the game currently sits at +7, fittingly.

The sad reality of the team’s situation sits at, despite being under .500 against the West, the team is 8-4 against the East and would hold that conference’s 6th seed in the playoffs. At 6 games under .500, the Bobcats are a playoff team.

The best we can hope for entering the half-way point of the season is that this team’s grind it out attitude prevails and lands the team a shot a cracking the post-season. It would be a shame to see the best defensive team, in terms of opponent’s points per game, in the West left out of a playoff bracket that contains the Wizards and Bobcats.

Simply put, a win within these next two games is more than necessary.

 

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