The San Antonio Spurs play host to the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center on Tuesday. The Rockets (13-6) are coming off a 158-111 slaughtering over the Atlanta Hawks in their most recent game, as James Harden had yet another historic outing in that outing. He actually dropped 60 points on 16-of-24 from the field, doing that damage in just three quarters of action. That’s simply amazing and it’s raised his average to 38.9 points per game. Not many players will reach 39 points in any game this season and it’s truly incredible that’s what Harden’s average is at right now. As long as he keeps doing that and Clint Capela keeps recording 20-rebound games, this will be one of the scariest teams to play in the Western Conference. One thing to keep an eye on is the Capela absence though, with the bo=ig man dealing with an illness. That would make one believe that he’ll be ready to return here, which is bad news for San Antonio. The Spurs (7-14) record is truly shocking, as this is their worst start in over 20 years. In fact, this club has reached the postseason in 20-straight seasons and it’s going to be an uphill battle to accomplish that this year. Where they’ve really been struggling is on the defensive end, with San Antonio ranked 24th in points allowed and 26th in defensive efficiency. That’s a very surprising statistic from a club who usually battles for the best defensive in the NBA and it’s a wonder if that will improve anytime soon. The most recent loss might have been the final straw, with the Detroit Pistons handing the Spurs a 132-98 beatdown. That’s in inexcusable defeat and it might be the thing they need to kick-start them, despite this being a tough matchup. Houston has won six of its last eight games over San Antonio over the last two years.
December 3, 2019