TOP LEFT: RGV Vipers’ Gary Payton II gets past a Santa Cruz Warrior on a fast break at Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg.

ABOVE: RGV Vipers’ fan favorite Chris Walker keeps an eye on the ball in the low post during a game against Santa Cruz

LEFT: RGV Vipers’ Michael Frazier drives to the basket during a game against Santa Cruz at Bert Ogden Arena.

TOP RIGHT: When Gary Payton II is in South Texas with the RGV Vipers, the offense runs well.

Playoff Preview

Vipers hoping take the best record in the league in to the post season


With a 31-16 record, the Vipers are in a tight race for the NBA G League’s best record this year and it’s something they can clinch on Saturday during their last regular season game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Since starting out the season 6-6, the Vipers – the NBA affiliate for the Houston Rockets, have gone 25-10 and first year coach Joseph Blair has twice been named coach of the month.

But, the G League and its mother teams are known for moving players back and forth to the NBA team and elsewhere. Nobody knows what tomorrow’s lineup may be. Mix that in with normal injuries and lineups can be nothing more than a hodgepodge of different players in different positions.



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