The Houston Rockets will be using Tuesday’s afternoon game against the San Antonio Spurs to rest up, which will give bench players a chance to shine.
In keeping with what the rest of the league appears to be doing, the Houston Rockets will be going into preservation mode when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Facing a back-to-back with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, the Rockets will be sidelining multiple starters in anticipation of the playoffs next week.
As The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen reported Monday, Russell Westbrook and Danuel House Jr will be listed as questionable for the Texas Showdown while James Harden and Eric Gordon will sit out.
While the news could be disappointing to some that may want to effectively knock the Spurs out of the playoff picture, the bigger picture is more important to worry about. Although the NBA’s hiatus allowed for over four months of rest, Coach Mike D’Antoni does rely on a handful of his players for heavy minutes.
Sitting out some of his key guys against San Antonio will allow them an additional day of rest before the Rockets wrap up the season with two more games. It will be interesting to see who can step up for Houston when they roll out their skeleton crew.
How to watch the Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
Location: The Field House – Orlando, FL
Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 11 @ 2 PM ET
Local TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KBME/KTRH/KEYH, WOAI/KXTN
OUT: Eric Gordon (left ankle sprain), James Harden (rest)
QUESTIONABLE: Danuel House (left toe sprain), Russell Westbrook
San Antonio Spurs
OUT: Tyler Zeller, Bryn Forbes
QUESTIONABLE: Derrick White (knee)