Rockets' Harden: Spurs will be a tough challenge

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green chase a loose ball during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. San Antonio won 114-75. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The San Antonio Spurs will face off against James Harden and the Rockets for the first time this regular-season.

Mix in the return of Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs booting the Rockets out of last season's playoffs and Houston playing undefeated ball since Chris Paul is back, this game will be a true Texas showdown.

This game will also be a true test for the Spurs, who are sitting on a 19-9 record while the Rockets currently lead the Western Conference at 22-4.

James Harden was asked by ESPN about his thoughts going into the game tonight against San Antonio and said they are good but are just another measuring stick in the NBA.

"They're a good team, but every game for us is a measuring stick. We're not focused on any other team but ourselves."
Obviously, the Spurs have been playing well, they're a tough team. It will be another tough challenge at home.

The Spurs were able to knock out Houston in last year’s NBA Playoffs while Harden looked like a shell of his MVP-self in the last game of the series.

Although Harden said they aren’t worrying about how the Spurs are playing, don’t be surprised to see them come out and try to get their revenge from last year and see how they stack up with their division foe as will the Spurs.

With the return of Leonard and how well LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing, this is shaping up to be a great contest for both sides.

Tip off is at 8:30 CT in Houston.

Twitter: @TylerClerkin

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