The 12-5 Houston Rockets will go head to head with the 14-2 San Antonio Spurs tonight at 7:30 p.m. CST. You can catch the game on Comcast Sports Net Houston (if you’re lucky) or on Fox Sports Southwest.
With the Omer Asik-Dwight Howard experiment long over, the Rockets are coming off of a four game win streak and have won 7 of their last 8 games. The most recent being Friday night where the Rockets dominated in a 114-95 point win against the much maligned Brooklyn Nets.
The Rockets have seemed to found their groove and are playing at a high level offensively. They lead the league in scoring (109 points per game). But despite the acquisition of big-man Dwight Howard to their roster, the Rockets continue to struggle on defense allowing over 100 points per game.
The Rockets will have their hands full with the Spurs not only due to their own injuries but especially if they can’t make adjustments on defense. Tim Duncan has been his usual self and is coming off a 19 point game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tony Parker is a game-time decision as he is battling a sore ankle.
Houston isn’t without their fair share of injury problems. They’ll be further crippled with the loss of Jeremy Lin who is out for two weeks with a knee injury. Lin has been playing very well for the Rockets so the bench will have to step up in order to compensate for the loss of offensive production Lin usually brings to the court. James Harden will play, but is still suffering from a sore foot which may affect his time on the court and possibly could be affecting his play as he finished with only 9 points in last Friday’s game against the Nets. Rockets head coach, Kevin McHale, stated that Harden’s foot was feeling good and that he hopes his foot feels just as good as it did Friday.
The Spurs may be “old” by NBA standards, but they haven’t lost a step. They’re in line for serious championship contentions and haven’t showed signs of slowing down. It’s early, but both teams are playing well. This should be a good match-up and a great test for the Rockets to see exactly where they stand and what sort of adjustments they need to make moving forward against the better teams in the league. Game on.
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