VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The Texas Triangle: Houston vs San Antonio, Eastern style.

The Texas Triangle: Houston vs San Antonio, Eastern style.

The Texas Triangle!
Publish Date: 07/21/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

Although it seems ridiculous today, at the beginning of the 80s, the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets were based in the Eastern Conference. At the time, both were your run-of-the-mill outfits. Average at 41-41. But there was some transcendent talent on each side.

In San Antonio, there was George Gervin, possessor of the greatest finger roll since Wilt Chamberlain and effectively the first great, big guard (at 6-8). Gervin was the best one on one player in the league(besides Julius Erving), and he was a much better defender than history gives him credit for. Why the oversight? In a word, the ABA. Gervin’s one on one ability was both admired and resented, and he lacked the crossover appeal of the superstars to come. But he was unstoppable, and for his trouble, he averaged 33.1 points in Doug Moe’s free-flowing, up-tempo offense.

In Houston? Well, they had their own ABAer, reigning MVP Moses Malone. Although history looks the other way, Moses was, in fact, the first(and most frequent) ABAer to capture the top award(1979, 82, 83), but history has overlooked him as well. Why? Well, Moses was quintessentially 70s and 80s, and his relentless style was impressive but not enduring.

In addition, he played before expansion robbed the best run teams in the league of the ability to stockpile talent. Thus he had little to no incentive to improve on other elements of his game(“I don’t get paid to pass,” he infamously told Houston assistant Carroll Dawson), like passing and defense that would have prolonged his effectiveness.
Thus, many fans tend to remember him more for his journeyman days (starting with Atlanta) than his MVP days.

Yet, Moses was effectively the last Center who was the marquee player in the league in his prime(save for Shaquille O’Neal and, to some extent Hakeem Olajuwon).
So on this day in 1980, these two teams squared off in a series that would determine who would face Larry Birds Boston Celtics, in the midst of a remarkable turnaround.
This was not just a contrast of cities; they were also a contrast of styles. Led by Moe, the Spurs were a fast-breaking, up-tempo squad. Houston, led by Delmar Harris(himself an ABAer), was a walk-it-up team built around the talents of Malone. But, for this day, the Houston style would prevail.
In this game, both superstars would(for them) play subpar games.
Gervin would get 19 points, while Moses would have a pedestrian 10 with 14 boards.
However, Houston had sharpshooter Calvin Murphy who buried San Antonio with 28 points, and Houston took the opening game 95-85.
The 85 points are shockingly low for a Moe-coached team, and one can imagine he vowed his squad would score more in the next game.
Not to spoil it, but both of these teams would make some major noise in the years to come.
In addition, the style that both teams played would be replicated at the highest level(i.e., the NBA Finals) for the entire decade.

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
State Of The League: San Francisco 49ers
Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
State Of The League: Tennessee Titans
Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over ...
State Of The League: Houston Texans
Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over ...
State Of The League: Detroit Lions
The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. There ...
State Of The League: New England Patriots
The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. There ...
State Of The League: Miami Dolphins
The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. There ...
Ranking the top 150 players in the 2021 NFL Draft
  Rank Prospect Position College 1 Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson 2 Ja'Marr ...
Daniel K’s 2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings/Draft Grades
  Round Grade Big Board Rank Position Rank Player Name Position College ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Latest News
NCAA Basketball Indiana vs Maryland: Odds, Tips and Predictions 01/31/23
📅 Date: Tuesday, January 31 🕚 Game Time: ...
Top 13 Hitters of the 1980s
Evans was more known for his rocket throwing ...
Top 10 Teams that Didn’t Win the Super Bowl
Today I want to talk about the 10 ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Video: NFC🏈 Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
Video: Bengals🏈 Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Bengals Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
96/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site