Rock­ets (4-6) at Spurs (6-4)

San Antonio Express-News - - SPORTS - Jeff McDon­ald tors­born@ex­press-news.net

When, where: 7:30 p.m., AT&T Cen­ter

TV/ra­dio: NBATV, KENS, WOAI 1200AM, Span­ish Ra­dio — 107.5 KXTN

Rock­ets: PG Chris Paul (6-0, 14th year), SG James Har­den (6-5, 10th), SF P.J. Tucker (6-6, 8th), PF Tyler En­nis (6-7, 5th), C Clint Capela (6-10, 5th)

Spurs: PG Bryn Forbes (6-3, 3rd year), SG DeMar DeRozan (6-7, 10th), SF Davis Ber­tans (6-10, 3rd), PF Dante Cun­ning­ham (6-8, 10th), C LaMar­cus Aldridge (6-11, 13th)

RE­SERVES

Rock­ets: F Carmelo An­thony (6-8, 16th year), G Michael CarterWil­liams (6-6, 6th), F Mar­quese Chriss (6-10, 3rd), F Gary Clark (6-8, 1st), G Eric Gor­don (6-4, 11th), F Ger­ald Green (6-7, 12th), F/C Isa­iah Harten­stein (7-0, 1st). In­ac­tive: Bran­don Knight (right knee in­jury), Nene (right calf strain), Zhou Qi (G-League), Vin­cent Ed­wards (G-League). Spurs: G Patty Mills (6-3, 10th year), C Pau Ga­sol (7-0, 18th), G Derrick White (6-5, 2nd), C Jakob Poeltl (7-0, 3rd), G Marco Be­linelli (6-5, 12th), G/F Quincy Pon­dex­ter (6-7, 7th), PF Chimezie Metu (6-11, 1st). In­ac­tive: Rudy Gay (sore rigth heel), Pau Ga­sol (sore left foot), Lon­nie Walker IV (right menis­cus tear), De­jounte Mur­ray (right knee surgery), Drew Eubanks (G-League).

COACHES

Rock­ets: Mike D’An­toni Spurs: Gregg Popovich

2018-19 STAT LEADER

Rock­ets: Points, Har­den, 27.8 per game; re­bounds, Capela, 11.3; as­sists, Paul, 9.3; steals, Har­den, 2.5; blocks, Capela, 1.8

Points, DeRozan, 26.4 per game; re­bounds, Aldridge, 9.8; as­sists, DeRozan, 6.8; steals, DeRozan, 1.3; blocks, Aldridge, 1.1.

NOTABLE

In six vic­to­ries this sea­son, the Spurs are av­er­ag­ing 117.8 points and shoot­ing 48.5 per­cent. In four losses, they are av­er­ag­ing 100.5 points and shoot­ing 39.6 per­cent.

The Rock­ets are 1-4 with ei­ther James Har­den or Chris Paul side­lined and 3-2 when both play.

Last sea­son, Clint Capela be­came the first player in NBA his­tory to aver­age at least 12 points, 11 re­bounds and two blocks per game while av­er­ag­ing fewer than 31 min­utes. there were games, there was bas­ket­ball, good com­pe­ti­tion, I would go.”

Said DeRozan: “We re­ally came from noth­ing, hop­ing some­one had a car to come pick us up so we could go play bas­ket­ball.”

It all paid off in the end. The two kids from Comp­ton have com­bined for 29,555 points, 10 All-Star ap­pear­ances, seven All-NBA list­ings and two Olympic gold medals.

“Even to this day,” DeRozan said, “we re­ally can’t be­lieve how far we have come and where we are in this league.”

De­spite all their ac­com­plish­ments, DeRozan and Har­den still re­turn to their re­spec­tive homes in Los An­ge­les in the sum­mer to hone their games in the rough-and-tum­ble Drew League.

DeRozan said he uses those sum­mer­time runs to study Har­den.

“We play to­gether all sum­mer, work out, so you al­ways try to fig­ure out ways to steal and take cer­tain things,” DeRozan said.

Asked what he ad­mires most about his friend, DeRozan said with a smile, “That he has kept his beard for so long.”

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