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Duncan played 22 of 24 minutes in the first half. (!!!)
Some of the Spurs trail Houston 50-43 at half.
(To be fair, Manu has really cleaned up his act in recent seasons.)
Watching Ginobili outflop Ginobili was like the dojo scene from The Matrix. You're good, James, but Manu wrote the book.
I have no idea what James Harden was doing there.
Harden's going to get a pretty severe case of whiplash one of these days.
Slick move by Howard. Drop steps into a nice jump hook, Rockets up 10.
Breaking: Ginobili and Harden pull mutual flop, universe does not implode.
Spurs doing a decent job defending the 3-point line, running Rockets off into the mid-range shots they detest.
If I'm Pop, I honestly wonder if I want Tim Duncan's knees chasing Terrance Jones around the perimeter. Hard to play TD/Baynes together.
That was the worst corner 3 I have ever seen. Beverley hits the basket support.
There is probably a circle of hell where Asik and Splitter are engaged in an endless mid-range shootout.
Asik 22-footer just happened. (He missed.)
You can have your Durant step-backs and Jordan reverse layups. Bonner jump hooks until I die.
Never realized the guy who played Rosewood on Beverly Hills Cop was so tall.
I think that was a special move in Lakers vs. Celtics on SNES.
If Bonner had made that shot my head might have exploded. Off the dribble, reverse pivot jump hook.
No member of the Spurs has made more than one field goal so far.
Rockets lead some of the Spurs 30-21 at the end of the first quarter.
Glad to see Matt Bonner isn't dead. Wouldn't be the same without him.
PA announcer at Toyota Center's "the other team just scored and I'm so bored" voice is cracking me up.
Marco Belinelli has seen time this season guarding Kevin Durant and James Harden. Not exactly why the Spurs signed him.
Harden/Leonard is probably my most anticipated potential matchup in the playoffs. Harden has slaughtered Spurs, Leonard coming into his own.
Already 13 FTs in first 6 minutes, which is exactly what you want in a semi-meaningless game.
Guaranteed: NBA will rescind technical just called on Tim Duncan.
That was weird. Duncan got a technical foul for...something.
What was that technical on Duncan for? Didn't see it. Even on the replay.
Damion James picking things up quick at the University of Good to Great. Nice extra pass to Belinelli, can't make the 3.
James Harden with two fouls in less than four minutes. Pretty lame attempt to draw a charge from Damion James/Jones.
Harden picks up his 2nd foul in first four minutes, both questionable. Karma, something, something.
That was a poor call.
Not gonna lie ... this game has a preseason-y feel for me. Let's tip it off, get it over with and all go home.
Already wishing I could have these next 2 1/2 hours back.
And then the old man reporter went home and wept in his prune juice.
Explaining UT players all knew who Bill Russell is, Jon Holmes said, "No one our age saw Michael Jordan play either, but we appreciate him."
Damion James actually comes in with 16 career NBA starts. Aron Baynes has three, counting Game 4 in L.A. last year.
Ha ... Aron Baynes starting against Dwight Howard. Last time that happened, Dwight got kicked out of his final game with the Lakers.
As mentioned earlier, Rockets need this win to lock up home-court advantage in presumed first-round series with Portland.
Spurs' starters you already know. Rockets: Beverley, Harden, Parsons, Jones, Howard.
Barnes: "You can lose a guy here or there. What you can't do is lose four or five." Unless you're Calipari, presumably.
This'll be the first time in five years Barnes won't lose anyone early, and he's excited. "You need continuity," he said.
I'm assuming Damion James/Jones will get first crack at defending James Harden, so good luck with that.
Pop referred to Damion James as "the new kid" when reciting his starting lineup. Houston game notes, meanwhile, call him Damion "Jones."
Bonner still has the bug, but will be available tonight.
Not to split disgusting hairs, but Matt Bonner says he didn't miss Friday's win over PHX with food poisoning, just a stomach bug.
Rick Barnes, when asked if Texas should be early Big 12 favorites: "What does it matter?" It was his best, most cogent answer in six years.
Story for Cam Ridley's grandkids: Bill Russell, upon hearing he led UT in rebounds, told him "You've got to use all that ass for something."
At UT's hoops banquet, Isaiah Taylor and Demarcus Holland are trying to start a rumor Prince Ibeh is entering the draft. No one's buying it.
Not sure how you can pull a stunt like the one in my previous tweet and still look yourself in the mirror.
Classic Pop. Doesn't rest the old guys, but almost everybody else. Figured Leonard would have gotten a tune-up against Harden, but no.
Resting for Spurs tonight: Leonard, Green, Splitter, Mills.
Pop calls his approach to playing Big 3 next two games "controlled rest." Will play, but not much.
Spurs starters: Parker, Belinelli, Damion James, Tim Duncan, Aron Baynes.
For what it's worth, 72-73 Lakers did not win the title, the 1988-89 Pistons did.
Those two teams: OKC and Houston. The Spurs' possible (probable?) second- and third-round opponents.
Qui arrive dans le TP Show à 20h ? Monsieur Steve Nash !
Manu believes Big 3 will play at least some in final two games. Others who logged more minutes this season might get a day off.
Sounds like everyone a go for Spurs tonight in Houston and maybe again Wednesday against Lakers. Pop putting premium on rhythm.
Rockets, meanwhile, need one more win to ensure they start the playoffs at home. Should be highly motivated tonight. Spurs, not so much.
If I'm reading these scenarios correctly, Suns win tonight vs Memphis ensures Mavs finish no lower than 7. Could still get 6, but not 8.
The upshot: We won't know Spurs' opponent by the end of the night, but there's a good chance the list of candidates will grow smaller.
If Suns beat Grizzlies tonight, Suns stay alive. If GSW also beats Minnesota, Dallas clinches No. 7 seed, avoids first-round date w/Spurs.
In that case, Spurs' first-round opponent would be decided head-to-head in the final game of the season between Memphis and Dallas.
Grizzlies win would clinch playoff spot, and eliminate Suns from list of potential first-round foes for the Spurs. ...
Grizzlies at Suns tonight is a more meaningful game for Spurs fans than Spurs at Rockets ...
Lillard sees, raises by shooting with 9 seconds left.
Gotta foul here. Terrible decision.
A 3-pointer for you! And a 3-pointer for you!
Blazers/Warriors OT is bananas.
Seven seasons in and I still can't decide if the actor who plays Pete Campbell is horrible. I know the character is. The actor? Leaning yes.
A guy named Bubba hasn't figured this prominently in American culture since the Police Academy movies.
Duncan, Manu didn't play Friday vs. PHX. Parker has totaled less than 34 minutes in the past week. So, they need time more than rest.
If I'm guessing: Spurs' regulars play tomorrow vs Rockets, perhaps with certain guys' minutes highly monitored. Perhaps rest vs. LAL on Wed.
I'm told everyone who's anyone made the Spurs' trip to Houston. FWIW.
Addendum to yesterday's UT one-and-done tweet: How much better would Durant, Dell and Spieth look without LeBron, Jobs and Bubba?
Parker averaging 29.6 minutes per game this season. That's a scant 0.2 more than the career-low he averaged as a rookie in 2001-02.
Worth wondering how much of Parker's "off" season attributable to low mins. Per 36, numbers similar to 11-12, when he was 5th in MVP race.
He's not holdin u down he's holdin u back right now