The first round of the NBA Playoffs is coming to a close and the courtship of rivals is living up to all the drama it is expected to be.
On Tuesday night, the Houston Rockets defeated fellow Texas rivals the Dallas Mavericks in a 103-94 victory in game five of a seven game series, allowing the Rockets to advance to the next round and eliminating the Mavericks from the post-season.
During the game, the Rockets posted an offensive tweet to their opponents that featured an emoji of a horse and a gun and the caption “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.”
The Mavericks, owned by businessman Mark Cuban, feature a horse as their logo and while they were offended by the tweet, they responded with their heads held up high, tweeting “@HoustonRockets Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round.”
@HoustonRockets Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round.— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 29, 2015
The Rockets later apologized for their initial tweet saying, “Our Tweet earlier was in poor taste & not indicative of the respect we have for the @dallasmavs & their fans. We sincerely apologize.”
Our Tweet earlier was in very poor taste & not indicative of the respect we have for the @dallasmavs & their fans. We sincerely apologize.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 29, 2015
During the actual postgame interaction with coaches and players, each team showed respect to one another like true sportsman probably unaware of what was happening in the world of social media.
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