Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs had three-plus days to reflect on the beating they took from the Los Angeles Clippers and attempt to regroup when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Enter Contest). San Antonio was trounced 116-92 by the Clippers on Saturday for its second straight home loss after compiling a 40-1 home record last season. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had a rare off-night posting 14 points on 3-of-13 shooting. He had plenty of company when it came to sub-par performances within the team.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (4-3)
Houston is 2-2 on a five-game excursion and guard James Harden doesn’t seem fatigued as his club wraps up a season-opening stretch in which seven of eight games are on the road. Harden had 32 points and 15 assists in Monday’s 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards to become the first player since Michael Jordan (1988-89 season) to post four consecutive outings of at least 30 points and 10 assists. He’s thriving in the offensive system of first-year coach Mike D’Antoni, particularly with the decision to let him handle the ball all the way up the court. It certainly is working as Harden is averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds and scored at least 24 points in each game. Shooting guard Eric Gordon is averaging a below average 10 points on 7-of-21 shooting over the past two games.
ABOUT THE SPURS (5-2)
San Antonio might have the starting backcourt of point guard Tony Parker and shooting guard Danny Green in the lineup together for the first time this season. Parker (knee) missed the past two games while Green hasn’t played at all after suffering a quadriceps injury last month but was a full participant in Monday’s practice. Point guard Patty Mills, who made three starts in place of Parker this season, had just four points on 1-of-7 shooting last game versus the Clippers. The Spurs won six of the past seven meetings.