The San Antonio Spurs begin their first of two road preseason games when they take on the Houston Rockets Tuesday evening at the Toyota Center.
The San Antonio Spurs will need to find another defensive gear when they take the court Tuesday night. After giving up 73 first-half points and 121 overall to the Thunder’s skeleton crew, Coach Popovich will certainly want a better effort from his group.
The 3-point shot was the downfall of the Spurs on Saturday, as they allowed Oklahoma City to shoot a blistering 17-of-31 for 54.8 percent. The Houston Rockets can take 31 threes in their sleep. Perimeter defense will be the name of the game as San Antonio looks to get in rhythm with their regular season tipping off on December 23rd.
Given COVID-19 restrictions, the Spurs will play just three total preseason games, with games this Tuesday and Thursday both at the Toyota Center. For San Antonio, eyes will be on rookie Devin Vassell, who had an impressive debut at the AT&T Center.
The Rockets, meanwhile, will continue with their completely revamped team, now led by John Wall, whom they traded Russell Westbrook for recently. James Harden, meanwhile, is still reportedly uninterested in continuing with Houston despite still being under contract until 2023.
As Shams Charania shared Monday afternoon, however, Harden will be making his preseason debut against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
The I-10 rivalry won’t quite look the same in these next two games, but they’ll be a good opportunity to build some momentum going into the 2020-21 season. Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s matchup.
How to watch the San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets
Location: Toyota Center – Houston, TXDate/Time: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 @ 8 PM ETLocal/Streaming: KMYS (San Antonio), ATTSN-SW (Houston)Radio: WOAI/KXTN (San Antonio), KBME/KTRH/KEYH (Houston)
San Antonio Spurs (via Rotoworld)
Day-to-day: Keita Bates-Diop (ankle), Keldon Johnson (foot)Out: Derrick White (toe), Tyler Zeller (knee), Quinndary Weatherspoon (knee), Luka Samanic (food poisoning)
Houston Rockets (via Rotoworld)
Day-to-day: Christian Wood (elbow)
If more injury news comes out closer to game time, this page will be updated accordingly.