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Houston Rockets suffer loss to motivated Spurs – Player Grades

Jan 27, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Houston Rockets center Josh Smith (5) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Houston Rockets center Josh Smith (5) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s roadtrip time for the Houston Rockets as J.B Bickerstaff’s squad brace themselves to play 14 of the next 20 games on the road! This Wednesday the adversary was Texan rivals San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

The Rockets had the return of Dwight Howard to the (once again small) lineup whereas the Spurs were still without 39 years old Tim Duncan, sidelined with right knee soreness.

Hurt by Monday’s blowout to the Warriors, Gregg Popovich’s squad was in scoring mode from the beginning, fueled by french point guard Tony Parker, three-point shots, referees bad calls and out-of-bounds “hack-a-rocket” the Spurs managed to open a 20 point lead by halftime a margin the Rockets could never overcome.

The second half was awfully boring with a soulless Houston Rockets team idly missing ridiculous amounts of free-throws and layups like an amateur team and the San Antonio Spurs increasing their lead.

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Rockets Player Grades

D. It was to be expected after <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

D. I was enjoying “starting lineup <a href=. F. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER

C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. B-. <a href=

SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. B-. The Bearded one was heavily guarded by last year’s DPOY <a href=

PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. C. In the first few minutes of the game <a href=

Best Reserve

Houston Rockets. JOSH SMITH. C. <a href=. PF

Best Opponent:

San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE. A. That’s more of a default choice as <a href=. PF

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