Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs preseason preview

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: James Harden
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 11: James Harden /

The Rockets conclude their preseason tonight with a game against the Spurs.

So far this preseason, the Houston Rockets are dominating their competition. They are 4-0 and have defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Shanghai Sharks, the New York Knicks as well as the Memphis Grizzlies.

Houston is hitting an insane amount of 3PT shots, including 20+ in three of the four games. Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza have been the best shooters so far and have made a high percentage of their 3-pointers.

The game wil begin at 7 p.m. CT.

Let’s take a look at the injury report for the game vs. the Spurs:

Injury Report

Tarik Black returns to the Rockets after a two-game absence.

Chris Paul will likely sit out with a bruised knee. This injury is one that he would play through in the regular season, so it’s just a precaution that he sits out tonight.

For the Spurs, Tony Parker is out with the same injury that kept him out of most of the series last playoffs: his quad injury.

Kawhi Leonard will be sitting out as well for San Antonio.

Dejounte Murray is out with a bruised hip.

Projected Starting 5s


James Harden/Eric Gordon/Trevor Ariza/Ryan Anderson/Clint Capela


Patty Mills/Danny Green/Rudy Gay/LaMarcus Aldridge/Pau Gasol

No matter who is out for the Spurs, they’re always a dangerous opponent. The Rockets certainly found that out last playoffs. Still, it is only the preseason so it’s unknown the level of effort that will be shown.

For the Rockets, Eric Gordon will likely step into the starting role with CP3 out. Can he continue his strong preseason?

Also, James Harden is likely to get full minutes with the preseason coming to an end.

Score Prediction

With Kawhi and Parker out, this time I thinks the Rockets win by a score of about 110-103.

How do you think the game will go?

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