Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs: Game 8: Sneak Peek Analysis

The Houston Rockets are about to embark upon their toughest test of the season.

The Houston Rockets are about to embark upon their toughest test of the season.

Yes, they’ll be facing the San Antonio Spurs, one of the best teams in the NBA which has been consistent over the past two decades under the Gregg Popovich-era.

Nothing has changed with the exception that Tim Duncan has decided to retire.

But the engine that keeps the Spurs going is still there in Popovich and they have the stars to get the job done.

They’ll be a difficult opponent for the Houston Rockets but I think if they stick to their guns and not make too many mistakes, the Spurs can be beat.

But it will be the slimmest of margins as their opponent will not relent easily.

It’s a match up worth watching, slated for prime-time national match up on the world-wide leading sports network.

Let’s hope for the best.

So who’s leading the charge for the Spurs?

Kawhi Leonard leads the Spurs in scoring (26.4 PPG) and in steals (2.4 SPG).  LaMarcus Aldridge is the top board-getter (6.8 RPG) while Tony Parker is the chief distributor of the dimes (4.0 APG).  Dewayne Dedmon is the front-runner in blocks (1.7 BPG).

Let’s talk about what the Spurs do well.

They’re sound both defensively and offensively.  It’s not too much a surprise here but the Spurs are 9th in the NBA as far as defensive efficiency, allowing just 100.5 points per 100 possessions.  The team is 6th in offensive efficiency averaging 108.0 points per 100 possessions.

They are an excellent rebounding team. The Spurs are 4th in the NBA in rebound rate with the team taking down 52.9 percent of their missed shots.

They take care of the basketball.  The Spurs are 4th in the NBA — tied with the Los Angeles Clippers — as far as turnover ratio with 11.6 percent of their possessions ending in a turnover.

Injuries:

Patrick Beverley had successful surgery Oct. 25 — it was a minor knee scope to clean up some the damage that had occurred from his injury.  He will be OUT tonight and is targeting to return back the hardwood between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21.

Tony Parker has had some issues with his knee and is now questionable for tonight’s game.  Patty Mills may get the start tonight if Parker cannot go.

Source(s):  Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Spurs

Four Things to Watch:

  1. James Harden vs. Danny Green
  2. Eric Gordon vs. Tony Parker/Patty Mills
  3. Trevor Ariza vs. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Clint Capela vs. Pau Gasol

Prediction:

104-100 in a Houston Rockets’ win!

The Rockets continue their five-game road trip making their fifth and final stop with the Spurs at AT&T Center.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CST.

The game will be televised on ROOT Sports Southwest/ESPN and broadcast on SportsTalk 790 AM (KBME), Sirius/XM/SiriusXM Internet 890 and La Ranchera 101.7 FM (KNTE) & 850 AM (KEYH) in Spanish.

Go Rockets!