Game preview: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets


The second round between San Antonio Spurs And the Houston Rockets Just around the corner as the interstate rivals battle it out for the race for last place in the Western Conference standings. Despite starting another losing streak over the weekend, the youngsters have the perfect opportunity to get back on track against another teammate tonight.


These longtime Southwest Division rivals may not have many wins to their name, but they have enough talent and athleticism on their rosters to make this game worth watching. Jalen Green can slide through the air for intense slams, Devin Vassell can slam jumpers with hand to face, and you don’t want to miss them going toe-to-toe.

San Antonio Spurs (9-20) vs. Houston Rockets (9-20)

December 19, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. axial time

Watch: Bally Sports Southwest | Listen: WOAI (1200 p.)

Tottenham: Dominic Barlow (Out – Two Way), Blake Wesley (Out – On Set), Josh Richardson (Out – Personal), Keldon Johnson (Doubtful – Return), Romeo Langford (Doubtful – Ill)

Missiles: Josh Christopher (out – on set), Darius Days (out – two-way), Trevor Hodgins (out – two-way), Garrison Matthews (out – ill), Jessian Tate (out – ankle)

What to watch

  • Although it doesn’t equate to a lot of wins, Houston is home to one of the most talented youth teams in the NBA. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. From dynamic players with the ball, stunning straight and vertical athletes, fluid self builders, and budding playmakers. The pair combined 40.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists as transfer options for head coach Stephen Silas this season. Their scoring efficiency has been erratic on an almost nightly basis, but they can single-handedly propel the team past the finish line. The Rockets have always had a chance to emerge victorious when their cheery guards get hot off the field, never more evident than when they defeated the Suns and Bucks in back-to-back meetings a week ago. San Antonio harassed Green and Porter in the previous meeting with their opponents, bringing them up to 26 points on 10 of 33 shooting. Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford made a non-working tandem in that competition, but the former is unavailable, and the latter may not fit this round. Those potential absences could complicate matters defensively, especially if it means Devin Vassell and Trey Jones have to spend more time covering Green and Porter without reliable backups to take some pressure off their shoulders.
  • Keldon Johnson has been an iron man at the Spurs, fitting in 171 out of a possible 183 regular season games over the past three years. Although the eager little forward rarely puts up a night, even someone with an indomitable spirit like him could use a little load management during an unmistakable rebuilding season. A lower back bruise has made Keldon questionable in this contest, and if San Antonio chooses to sit out, fans can take a look at what Devin Vassell can do as a leading man. The third-year guard scored a season-high 29 points against the Kings the last time Johnson was unavailable, asserting himself early and often in an entertaining back-and-forth game for a team bereft of reliable scorers. A date with the Rockets and their last five defense should make the 22-year-old forward drool. He’s been through a rough patch over the last six games, shooting 40.2% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point line, but Houston provides the perfect opponent to rediscover his rhythm. Vassell will probably have plenty of space to work with, so have your popcorn ready to score catches and smooth rolls, flawless movement off the ball and hopefully a bit of isolation experience.

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