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Rockets GM Daryl Morey Twitter teases Mark Cuban, sees it backfire — big time

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Mark Cuban had fun with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Twitter.
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey seemed like a pretty confident guy heading into Game 1 of the first round series with the No. 1 seed Oklahoma City Thunder. Confident enough to invoke one of the greatest upsets in recent playoff memory on Twitter.

And take a little shot — intentional or not — at the rival Dallas Mavericks in the process.

"Game day! Every home team winning yesterday shows tough task we have ahead. That said, lots of similarities to 2007 #8 GSW/#1 DAL series...," Morey tweeted.

 Yes, Cuban is tweeting a smiley face at an opposing NBA general manager. At least, he didn't break out a heart emoticon. 

The series Morey is referencing is the infamous one in which former Mavericks coach Don Nelson came back to haunt his former employer and guide the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors to an emphatic six-game upset of No. 1 Dallas. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban couldn't help but notice Morey's tweet and he shot back, "Thanks for the reminder :) Good luck this series."

Yes, the Mavericks billionaire owner is tweeting a smiley face at an opposing NBA general manager. At least, he didn't break out a heart emoticon.  

Of course, Cuban still ends up looking better than Morey in this whole thing. For, as everyone knows, the Rockets ended up falling behind by 33 points to the Thunder in Game 1 on the way to a 120-91 playoff embarrassment. No, the Rockets didn't exactly channel those 2007 Warriors.

Nelson's crew won Game 1 on the road. They didn't appear to be mere traffic pylons in the way of a player as speedy and skilled as Russell Westbrook.

Morey's record as a prognosticator is not exactly looking stellar heading into Wednesday night's Game 2. But his Twitter clout is surely only growing.

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