Scouting report: Rockets vs. Spurs

Rockets vs. Spurs

When/where: 4 p.m./AT&T Center

TV/radio: NBA-TV, AT&T SportsNet/790-AM, 740-AM; Spanish: 1010 AM

So far: Rockets 4-6; Spurs 6-6

Lately: The Rockets’ win in San Antonio on Thursday ended a stretch with losses in four of five games. The Spurs had won four of their previous five games before losing the Rockets.

Scouting the Rockets

After holding the Spurs to 105 points on Thursday, the Rockets are allowing 102 points in wins, 119.3 in losses. The Rockets are 3-0 when holding teams to fewer than 110 points … Starting a stretch with five of six games on the road, the Rockets picked up their first road win of the season on Thursday after losing their first three road games. They have not lost four-consecutive road games since the 2015-16 season … The Rockets made 39.4 percent of their 3s on Thursday, moving to 2-1 when making at least 37 percent and 26-2 in the past two seasons … The Rockets have used six different starting lineups in 10 games this season … The Rockets have had at least two players score 20 points or more in eight of 10 games … The Rockets are second in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 6.7 per game, .1 behind the 76ers … Jae’Sean Tate, in his first career start, was the first Rockets rookie to have at least 10 assists since Steve Francis in the 1999-2000 season. He is one of three rookies to average eight points, four rebounds and two assists this season … Christian Wood is one of two players, along with Karl-Anthony Towns, to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots this season. After making 4 of 25 3-pointers in his previous five games, he has made 7 of 12 in the past two games … P.J. Tucker’s 55.6 percent 3-point shooting is second in the NBA.

Scouting the Spurs

The Spurs made 40 percent of their 3s in the three games against the Rockets last season, but just 29 percent on Thursday … Keldon Johnson scored a career high 29 points on Thursday, making 12 of 16 shots. He is 20 of 28 in his past two games against the Rockets … Guard Lonnie Walker IV made 4 of 7 3-pointers against the Rockets on Thursday, but the rest of the Spurs combined to go 5 of 24. Walker has scored 65 points in his past three games. His average of 12 points per game against the Rockets is his most against any opponent … Center LaMarcus Aldridge had just two rebounds in 30 minutes on Thursday … Guard DeMar DeRozan had seven assists on Thursday, matching his career-best average per game.

Number to note

11.6 – points per game scored by Christian Wood when getting touches in the paint, making a league-best 80.6 percent of his shots on those touches.

Injury/status report:


Guard Eric Gordon (lower leg tightness,) is questionable. Center DeMarcus Cousins (sore right ankle) is doubtful. Guard John Wall (sore right knee,) forward Danuel House Jr. (health and safety protocols,) guard Rodric Thomas (sprained ankle) and guard Chris Clemons (ruptured right Achilles) are out.


Forward Keita Bates-Diop (upper respiratory infection), forward Drew Eubanks (Health and Safety Protocols,) guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (left knee surgery), guard Derrick White (fractured toe) are out.

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