Game Preview #73: Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs


So we lost to the loserest, sorriest team in the league. I don't know wanna talk about it. Let's just move on to the next game, shall we?

After the jump, a pathetic attempt at making comics...

LatinD linked to this comic-style recap from Clutch BBS and I thought it was hilarious. swgeek was kind enough to find the application for us so using my downloading skills, I hooked up my computer with it and you can see the results below.

I know it kinda sucks, but hey. You just have to indulge me. Maybe I'll not do this ever again.

***Some of the text might be hard to read and I don't know how to make large-size pictures. Maybe clicking on the photo will help for a clearer view?

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via i43.tinypic.com


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So much for the first installment. Good luck to me if I should keep that up. Anyway, now for the real preview.

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Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
When: March 31, 2010, 7:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSNSW (SA), FSNHOU (Hou)

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How They Stack Up
26-11 Home 21-17
18-18 Road 16-19
100.8
Offense 101.5
96.1 Defense 101.7
47.1 FG% 44.4
36.3
3-pt% 34.5
74.3
FT% 76.9
42.7
Rebounds 42.2
13.0
TOs 13.7
6-4 Last 10 5-5
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
2nd, Southwest Position 4th, Southwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:30 PM
Rainy Land
5:30 PM
Philippines 8:30 AM
Central Europe 2:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 3:30 AM
East Coast 8:30 PM
Sun and Snow
6:30 PM
Perth, AUS 9:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 11:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM

Spurs
(44-29)
Matchups

Rockets
(37-36)

George Hill
Learning By Doing

Point Guard

Hill had a tough night against Devin Harris the last game, so I guess it's safe to say the young buck still has much to learn, although he did play a good game. Still, I won't discount the competitor in him, and I'm sure he badly wants to improve on that performance.

Aaron Brooks, meanwhile, has probably assumed the mantle of leadership of this team with the absence of Yao and Battier. I say rightfully deserved, because he's one heckuva player and PG, and has significantly improved his numbers across the board from last season. He should provide another good test for Albatross.

Advantage: Rockets


Aaron Brooks
Speedy

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Manu Ginobili
Back Spasmic

Shooting Guard

I hope the injury was just minor and Mr. Ginobili's back to his wrecking ball ways for this game. If he is indeed back on track, our chances of winning exponentially grows. If not, then you know what happened during the Nets game. ::shudder::

Jermain who? Taylor is a rookie who's played sparingly this season for Houston, but has started the last two games and played pretty well. The dude was a scoring machine back in college, so no doubt he can contribute a few buckets. Let's hope he's not the "random unknown guy who always plays well against the Spurs" tonight.

Advantage: Spurs


Jermain Taylor
Unknown Rookie

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Richard Jefferson
Good at Hiding

Small Forward

I'm quite disappointed at RJ during that Nets loss. He had all the opportunity in the world to take over the offense, and he did play a good, aggressive first half. But in the second? He just disappeared. That's really not gonna cut it, Peanut.

Trevor Ariza will give Jefferson fits while guarding him. I just hope that offensively, he won't be as lucky with his three-pointers.

Advantage: Tied


Trevor Ariza
Has A Ring

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Tim Duncan
Needs To Rest

Power Forward

Sorry, Timmeh. I'm gonna have to give the WVATS white box to Scola this time. ::sniff: ::sob::

Meanwhile, I'm hoping that somebody gave Tim a copy of that Dan Shaughnessy article. That piece was a shamockery of epic proportions.

Advantage: Spurs


Luis Scola
Shoulda Woulda Coulda

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Antonio McDyess
Shot

Center

Dice is pretty much living up to his age, but still has solid games here and there. C. Hayes is a banger and a workhorse but thankfully, not as offensively better as the ex-Rocket Carl Landry. Nobody wins.

Advantage: Tied


Chuck Hayes
Not really a center

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DeJuan Blair
Rookie Wall'd

Bench & Role Players

Chase Budinger's playing really well of late after Kevin Martin went down, and Kyle Lowry often poses trouble for the Spurs. The Rockets don't really have a reliable bench outside of those two but hey, our bench sucked against New Jersey and RoMaJu, as streaky as he's been might also be out. It's not looking good unless Bonner or Bogans catch fire or Blair turns Beast Mode on... ::gulp::... Yawn plays?

Advantage: Spurs


Chase Budinger
Curly Blonde

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Gregg Popovich
Bring back the Beard

Coach

Houston is out of the playoff race, but Adelman still has his team playing hard and playing together. Dangerous times for the Spurs these next few games.

Advantage: Tied


Rick Adelman
Former NBA Finalist
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

Manu should be back in the lineup. That's all I need to know.

Advantage: Spurs

Mojo

It's six feet under.

Advantage: None

Winner:

We'll probably win, unless Pop wants to lock up the 8th seed... which isn't remotely impossible from happening, mind you.

Keys To The Game

  • Turnovers - Killed us last game, and the Rockets have pesky defenders that can disrupt the offense and force TOs.
  • Want It More - When I say "it" I mean wanting to win this game more than the other team, which means playing with a lot of energy, going after loose balls with a passion, rebounding like no tomorrow, and defending like the heroic men and women who guarded the Alamo with their lives.
  • Respect For The Oppenent - We know what happened with the Nets. This Rockets team is badly shorthanded (no Yao, no Martin, no Battier) but scraps for wins with the best of 'em.

Strength of Schedule

This is the first of our last four home games, and first of a two-game homestand. We got the Orlando Magic next with only a day's rest in between.

The Rockets hit the road in their next four games, beginning with this one.

Last Time They Met

The Spurs and Rockets last played on February 26, losing 104-109 on the road. George played well (26 points) but three of our starters stunk it up real bad, scoring a whopping total of zero.

Some Other Reading

Rockets

The Dream Shake - Almost similar to PtR. The members here are both crazy and funny - good stuff.
Red94 - This is the TrueHoop network blog for the Rockets. Massive, stat laden posts.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: Best damn TrueHoop affiliate out there. Always a must visit Spurs site.
Project Spurs: Features live chats, call-in shows and podcasts (in Spanish too), with lots of content.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired by FSNSW in San Antonio and by FSNHOU in Houston. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com for more assistance.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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