The Houston Rockets are in Memphis Saturday night, as they kick off a three-game road trip with a showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies. But before that, the Rockets had to deal with a rather more terrifying opponent: the weather.
Via Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle:
With tornado sirens going off in downtown Memphis amid a tornado warning in Shelby County, the #Rockets team plane was forced to circle for an hour in turbulence before landing safely after 1 a.m. Scary stuff across the country with these storms tonight. Stay safe, everyone.
The Rockets entered the Grizzlies game coming off a 123-114 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which broke their seven-game undefeated streak, but it's hard to imagine Houston players thinking about how they will approach the matchup against the Grizzlies while their team plane grapples with mother nature thousand of feet above the ground.
The good thing is that the Rockets arrived in Memphis safe. They also have a scary midair story to tell to people, but what they really want to share with people is how they were able to avenge their loss to Memphis back in November at FedEx Forum. The Rockets, however, are trailing the Grizzlies by a wide margin, as of this writing.
Then again, the important thing is that the Rockets and everybody else on the plane ride are unharmed.