Dan McCarney

Duncan played 22 of 24 minutes in the first half. (!!!)

Jeff McDonald

Some of the Spurs trail Houston 50-43 at half.

Mike Monroe

Harden vs. Ginobili in offensive foul drawing contest ... it's now 1-1 but Harden got tech, so advantage @Manu Ginobili

Dan McCarney

(To be fair, Manu has really cleaned up his act in recent seasons.)

Dan McCarney

Watching Ginobili outflop Ginobili was like the dojo scene from The Matrix. You're good, James, but Manu wrote the book.

Jeff McDonald

I have no idea what James Harden was doing there.

Dan McCarney

Harden's going to get a pretty severe case of whiplash one of these days.

Dan McCarney

Slick move by Howard. Drop steps into a nice jump hook, Rockets up 10.

Jeff McDonald

Tim Duncan alley oop. And the world did not implode either, @Dan McCarney

Dan McCarney

Breaking: Ginobili and Harden pull mutual flop, universe does not implode.

Dan McCarney

Spurs doing a decent job defending the 3-point line, running Rockets off into the mid-range shots they detest.

Jeff McDonald

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.

Dan McCarney

That was the worst corner 3 I have ever seen. Beverley hits the basket support.

Dan McCarney

There is probably a circle of hell where Asik and Splitter are engaged in an endless mid-range shootout.

Dan McCarney

Asik 22-footer just happened. (He missed.)

Dan McCarney

You can have your Durant step-backs and Jordan reverse layups. Bonner jump hooks until I die.

Jeff McDonald

Never realized the guy who played Rosewood on Beverly Hills Cop was so tall.

Dan McCarney

I think that was a special move in Lakers vs. Celtics on SNES.

Dan McCarney

If Bonner had made that shot my head might have exploded. Off the dribble, reverse pivot jump hook.

Jeff McDonald

No member of the Spurs has made more than one field goal so far.

Jeff McDonald

Rockets lead some of the Spurs 30-21 at the end of the first quarter.

Dan McCarney

Glad to see Matt Bonner isn't dead. Wouldn't be the same without him.

Mike Monroe

#Spurs fans upset by early deficit vs.against potential playoff foe (Rockets) need to check Heat-Wiz 3rd qtr. score

Jeff McDonald

PA announcer at Toyota Center's "the other team just scored and I'm so bored" voice is cracking me up.

Jeff McDonald

Marco Belinelli has seen time this season guarding Kevin Durant and James Harden. Not exactly why the Spurs signed him.

Dan McCarney

Harden/Leonard is probably my most anticipated potential matchup in the playoffs. Harden has slaughtered Spurs, Leonard coming into his own.

Dan McCarney

Already 13 FTs in first 6 minutes, which is exactly what you want in a semi-meaningless game.

Mike Monroe

Guaranteed: NBA will rescind technical just called on Tim Duncan.

Dan McCarney

That was weird. Duncan got a technical foul for...something.

Jeff McDonald

What was that technical on Duncan for? Didn't see it. Even on the replay.

Dan McCarney

Damion James picking things up quick at the University of Good to Great. Nice extra pass to Belinelli, can't make the 3.

Jeff McDonald

James Harden with two fouls in less than four minutes. Pretty lame attempt to draw a charge from Damion James/Jones.

Dan McCarney

Harden picks up his 2nd foul in first four minutes, both questionable. Karma, something, something.

Dan McCarney

That was a poor call.

Jeff McDonald

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.

Dan McCarney

Already wishing I could have these next 2 1/2 hours back.

Mike Finger

And then the old man reporter went home and wept in his prune juice.

Mike Finger

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."

Jeff McDonald

Damion James actually comes in with 16 career NBA starts. Aron Baynes has three, counting Game 4 in L.A. last year.

Jeff McDonald

Ha ... Aron Baynes starting against Dwight Howard. Last time that happened, Dwight got kicked out of his final game with the Lakers.

Jeff McDonald

As mentioned earlier, Rockets need this win to lock up home-court advantage in presumed first-round series with Portland.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs' starters you already know. Rockets: Beverley, Harden, Parsons, Jones, Howard.

Mike Finger

Barnes: "You can lose a guy here or there. What you can't do is lose four or five." Unless you're Calipari, presumably.

Mike Finger

This'll be the first time in five years Barnes won't lose anyone early, and he's excited. "You need continuity," he said.

Jeff McDonald

I'm assuming Damion James/Jones will get first crack at defending James Harden, so good luck with that.

Jeff McDonald

Pop referred to Damion James as "the new kid" when reciting his starting lineup. Houston game notes, meanwhile, call him Damion "Jones."

Jeff McDonald

Bonner still has the bug, but will be available tonight.

Jeff McDonald

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.

Mike Finger

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.

Mike Finger

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."

Mike Finger

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.

Dan McCarney

Not sure how you can pull a stunt like the one in my previous tweet and still look yourself in the mirror.

Dan McCarney

Shameful. Deplorable. Disgusting. MT @ForTheWin Columbus Crew defender's embarrassing flop usat.ly/1hCLhF7

Dan McCarney

Classic Pop. Doesn't rest the old guys, but almost everybody else. Figured Leonard would have gotten a tune-up against Harden, but no.

Jeff McDonald

Resting for Spurs tonight: Leonard, Green, Splitter, Mills.

Jeff McDonald

Pop calls his approach to playing Big 3 next two games "controlled rest." Will play, but not much.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs starters: Parker, Belinelli, Damion James, Tim Duncan, Aron Baynes.

Jeff McDonald

Psssst .... Wanna see my NBA Awards ballot? From the blog: blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Jeff McDonald

From the blog: Even with No. 1 seed locked up, Spurs' Big Three expected to play. blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Dan McCarney

For what it's worth, 72-73 Lakers did not win the title, the 1988-89 Pistons did.

Jeff McDonald

Those two teams: OKC and Houston. The Spurs' possible (probable?) second- and third-round opponents.

Jeff McDonald

If I read that last @Jonathan Feigen tweet correctly, Spurs could become first 60-win team in history to be swept by two teams in a season.

Tony Parker

Qui arrive dans le TP Show à 20h ? Monsieur Steve Nash !

Jeff McDonald

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.

Jeff McDonald

Sounds like everyone a go for Spurs tonight in Houston and maybe again Wednesday against Lakers. Pop putting premium on rhythm.

Jeff McDonald

Rockets, meanwhile, need one more win to ensure they start the playoffs at home. Should be highly motivated tonight. Spurs, not so much.

Jeff McDonald

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.

Tony Parker

Salut les @crazydunkers, je vous défie de venir à San Antonio pour le 1er match de Playoffs des SPURS...

Jeff McDonald

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.

Jeff McDonald

If Suns beat Grizzlies tonight, Suns stay alive. If GSW also beats Minnesota, Dallas clinches No. 7 seed, avoids first-round date w/Spurs.

Jeff McDonald

In that case, Spurs' first-round opponent would be decided head-to-head in the final game of the season between Memphis and Dallas.

Mike Monroe

Avoiding sweep by Rockets not Spurs' top priority writes @Jeff McDonald expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Grizzlies win would clinch playoff spot, and eliminate Suns from list of potential first-round foes for the Spurs. ...

Jeff McDonald

Grizzlies at Suns tonight is a more meaningful game for Spurs fans than Spurs at Rockets ...

Jeff McDonald

Notebook: Spurs face prospect of being swept by Rockets for only second season in franchise history expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

As playoffs approach, PT a priority for TP expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Dan McCarney

In the middle of oncoming traffic!?!? @Boris Diaw Do not try this at home!!!! patty_mills manuginobili instagram.com/p/mwWiTjjI9G/

Dan McCarney

Lillard sees, raises by shooting with 9 seconds left.

Dan McCarney

Gotta foul here. Terrible decision.

Boris Diaw

Do not try this at home!!!! patty_mills manuginobili instagram.com/p/mwWiTjjI9G/

Dan McCarney

A 3-pointer for you! And a 3-pointer for you!

Dan McCarney

Blazers/Warriors OT is bananas.

Mike Finger

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.

Jeff McDonald

Notebook: If avoiding season sweep vs. Houston is on Spurs' to-do list, it's not a top priority expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Even with Spurs' seed sewn up, playing a priority for Parker expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Manu Ginobili

Please Mr. @Swype. Give me a numbers row! Thanks!

Jeff McDonald

A guy named Bubba hasn't figured this prominently in American culture since the Police Academy movies.

Jeff McDonald

Jordan needs Pippen to win a title. #StupidMastersTakes

Jeff McDonald

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.

Jeff McDonald

If I'm guessing: Spurs' regulars play tomorrow vs Rockets, perhaps with certain guys' minutes highly monitored. Perhaps rest vs. LAL on Wed.

Jeff McDonald

I'm told everyone who's anyone made the Spurs' trip to Houston. FWIW.

Boris Diaw

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Mike Finger

Addendum to yesterday's UT one-and-done tweet: How much better would Durant, Dell and Spieth look without LeBron, Jobs and Bubba?

Jeff McDonald

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.

Jeff McDonald

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.

Austin Daye

He's not holdin u down he's holdin u back right now