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Rockets vs. Spurs game preview: new-look Rockets look to sweep mini-series with San Antonio

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After their best win of the season Thursday night, the Rockets have a rematch with the Spurs in San Antonio.

It’s hard not to get poetic about the team’s first win in the post-James Harden Era. I could write about how the game was a “passing of the torch” or how the new Rockets, led by Christian Wood, Jae’Sean Tate, and Sterling Brown, grabbed the brass ring and woudn’t let go. But this is a game preview, and Darren already wrote a game recap better than anything I could say here.

The Spurs likely feel like they let Thursday night’s game get away. And in fairness, they did. It’s not often that we see a Gregg Popovich-coached team get outscored 19-6 over the final 4:30. The Rockets also got a lucky roll on DeMar DeRozan’s potential game-tying shot, which took a peek into the basket before the basketball gods decided, “No, Houston needs this one a bit more.”

I expect a better Spurs team tonight. They started slowly in the first game and had to claw back slowly during the first half. Houston’s unlikely to get that lucky again. Eric Gordon and John Wall are day-to-day for the Rockets, and I’m not sure any of the newly acquired players will be available. So Houston might be down to nine players for the fourth time this season.

As a reminder, today’s game has a funky start time.

Tip-off is at 4pm CT on AT&T SportsNet Southwest