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Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Carlos Delfino (10) and San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reach for a loose ball during the second half at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 96-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

2013-14 NBA Season State Preview: Texas


Here we go with a very interesting battle for Texas. These three teams have been at each other for quite some time although the Rockets fell off after Yao Ming called it a day. Now, with Dwight Howard in the mix, with the Mavericks loading up and the Spurs being the Spurs, the battle Texas is once again heating up.

Let’s talk about Houston. The Rockets managed to get Dwight Howard to come to town. While I don’t think this move makes them a contender, they are close. Dwight had a bad season last year and we have to see where he’s at. James Harden and Jeremy Lin have something to prove. It’s a nice core to build a contender around.

The Mavericks had disappointing season last year. Dirk Nowitzki has seen better days. It seems like ages ago when the Mavericks beat LeBron James and his pals for the NBA Championship in 2011. The Heat went on to win two championships in a row while the Mavericks have faded. But, with Dirk back and a key addition is Monta Ellis, they should be ready to play ball. Samuel Dalembert is no Tyson Chandler but he can hold his own down there. That’s one of the things I miss about him.

The Spurs took a crack at the Heat and lost in a very uncharacteristic way. Still, people are saying they will be back and perhaps win it all. Their core is aging but they have plenty of young talent that has proven themselves capable in the finals. You can’t call this team old. They still got a kick in em.

So now what? Who wins Texas? Spurs. Then Rockets. Then Mavericks. As we talked about in my California post, here are the match-ups:

Spurs vs Rockets: Spurs win 3-1

Spurs vs Mavericks: Tied 2-2

Rockets vs Mavericks: Rockets win 3-1

Now, this was actually not easy to do because of the Spurs. We all know they like to rest their players on any given game. So, while I believe the Spurs are the best, their record may not show it. I am going off of if they play their whole roster for each game. I think that, while I say the Rockets are better than the Mavericks, the Spurs should be able to take care of the Rockets while they may struggle against the Mavericks. As for the Rockets and Mavericks, Rockets win. Here’s the final standings:

  1. Spurs 5-3
  2. Rockets 4-4
  3. Mavericks 3-5

As you can see, I expect things to be close between them. There’s only eight games per team to play in and I almost expect a split right in the middle.

So, what do ya think? Who will win the state of Texas? Let me know in the comments!

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