Rockets (4-6) at Spurs (6-4)
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)
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).
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.
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.”