Spurs vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Spurs vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Spurs vs. Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The San Antonio Spurs (0-1) play against the Houston Rockets (0-0) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EDT on Sunday October 2, 2022

San Antonio Spurs 96, Houston Rockets 134 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Just have fun and play free,” said Malaki Branham of his mindset going into his first preseason game.
Branham didn’t check in until the 3Q, but he finished with 10 points in 14 mins. – 12:09 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Devin Vassell on the 3 Spurs rookies in their 1st preseason game: “Malaki came out, hit like his first three shots. Jeremy made some big plays on the defensive end, Blake started settling in.” – 12:00 AM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
I don’t take much out of tonight’s game, but it does looks like Jabari Smith Jr is going to be really, really good, and he fits perfectly with Jalen Green. Now, the key is figuring out the other pieces to the puzzle, the good news is the Rockets have two big pieces figured out – 11:59 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
The rebuilding Spurs got blown out by Houston in their preseason opener, but it wasn’t all bad.
Some observations about the game from Coach Pop, Devin Vassell, and Malaki Branham, and me:
kens5.com/article/sports…11:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Pop on Roby: “He’s got a lot of skills. He’s a good ball handler, he could rebound, he’s playing defense, he’s trying to do everything the way we want to do it, but I thought that Isaiah Roby did a good job tonight at both ends of the floor”
Roby 12 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST 2 ST, 1 BLK – 11:53 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Alperen Sengun on Bruno Fernando: “He’s good for me because we have hard practices and he’s a tough guy and he’s pushing me every time because he’s a strong guy, he’s an athletic guy.” – 11:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Pop on the physicality of the team vs HOU: “The second thing was physicality. We let them go where they wanted to go, they were much more physical in that sense and that’s got to be the biggest improvement we make overall.” – 11:50 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Coach Pop: “In general, the shooting was pretty poor. And when you’re going back in transition defense all the time, all kinds of bad things are going to happen. You just can’t do it over and over and over again with the missed shots.”
Spurs shot 11/42 from 3PT – 11:49 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The (preseason) triple take: Rockets 134, Spurs 96
1. Devin Vassell’s aggressiveness was good to see, despite inefficient shooting night.
2. Malaki Branham paced the rookie class.
3. Isaiah Roby looks like a good, low-cost addition.
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @expressnews – 11:48 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Preseason Game 1: Spurs @ Rockets pic.twitter.com/AWK18iasLQ11:38 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Losses for Nashville SC to Houston and Portland Timbers to LAFC today move FC Dallas closer to a home playoff game. FC Dallas secures a home first round playoff game w/ just a draw in Sunday’s finale vs Sporting KC. Either of Nashville or LA Galaxy not winning do that as well. pic.twitter.com/Dn1j6VMtYr11:17 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Catching the Jabari Smith preseason opener. Good god. This man caught absolute fire. – 11:06 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jabari Smith Jr preseason debut:
21 PTS
8 REB
8-15 FG
5-8 3P
in 24 minutes. pic.twitter.com/ZQA1qRLBhy11:00 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Pujols most HR came vs. HOU? Funny illustration of how they were both NL Central & AL West through his career. – 10:46 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Western Notes: Wolves, Olynyk, Gordon, Nuggets, Rockets hoopsrumors.com/2022/10/wester…10:45 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Devin Vassell, after the Spurs opened their preseason with a 134-96 shellacking at the hand of Houston: “It’s just going to be a process. It’s going to be a long season. It’s our first preseason game.” – 10:34 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets rookies Tari Eason and Jabari Smith Jr. after scoring 21 points apiece and in Smith’s case taking a shot to the eye from a collision with Bruno Fernando. pic.twitter.com/oPdOpEYhf410:29 PM

Austin Kent @AustinKent
Got bodied in men’s league. Game shape eludes me. Hope my new teammates appreciate my commitment to method acting as Spurs Era Boris Diaw. Time to rehydrate 🍷 pic.twitter.com/PCjs8Jdn6b10:25 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
I almost never step out to wager on NBA Exhibition games – rotations are unpredictable, you never know who will be out there late – but a few of Sunday’s scores are interesting: HOU 134 SA 96, TOR 114 UTAH 82, BOS 134 CHA 93. Nets host 76ers tomorrow..KD, Kyrie, Simmons to play.. – 9:59 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
slight double-double for the rookie 😮‍💨
📊 21 PTS
📊 10 REB
@CreditKarma | #MoneyMoveoftheGame pic.twitter.com/PlkXUNeUX89:45 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
What a game! The rookies, led by Jabari Smith Jr., showed out in the Rockets preseason debut. We’re talking live in post-game:
getplayback.com/room/rocketswa…9:31 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
ROCKETS WIIIINNNN!!! 🚀
@ATT | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/wuytblPD1L9:29 PM

Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Spurs lose the season opener 134-96 to the Rockets.
An ugly and disjointed blowout, but there were some bright spots from Poeltl, Vassell, Collins, Roby, and the rookies. – 9:28 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 134, Spurs 96. Rookies Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason with 21 apiece. Eason with 10 rebounds. – 9:24 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Boban isn’t playing against a single former Spurs teammate tonight, that’s crazy – 9:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
TyTy Washington with a slick pass inside. Trevor Hudgins with a 3. One for the thumb, Vipers? – 9:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets notes: Bruno Fernando gets four-year contract ift.tt/a6WoZNk9:18 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Jabari Smith jr in his first NBA game with the Rockets
21 points / 8-15 FG / 5-8 3P / 8 rebounds / 2 assists in 24 minutes vs Spurs
Big this are on the way! #Rockets #NBAPreseason9:17 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Alperen Sengun did the “too small” thing from the bench after Boban’s put-back after an offensive rebound – 9:17 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Rockets are playing Boban at center.
The Spurs are using Isaiah Roby as a small-ball five. – 9:16 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Boban sighting!
Though seeing him in a Rockets jersey makes me want to puke. – 9:16 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Boban and Trevor Hudgins check in. Silas has played everyone tonight – 9:15 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Josh Christopher had a pretty rough start but has come on. Since a time out following a pair of ragged possessions, he has knocked down a pair of 3s and had a nice pass inside. – 9:08 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Zach Collins has hit a few pick-and-pop threes in this one, 2-4 on the game. – 9:08 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
1 more to go
Rockets: 97
Spurs: 67
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/68NtP2ZwV99:04 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
headed into the final quarter of the night pic.twitter.com/Q9wjd9efXC9:02 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Preseason 3Q: Rockets by 30
Branham with 8 points in limited minutes in 3Q
Sochan with some impressive defensive plays pic.twitter.com/uhOaApRZ2h9:00 PM

Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Malaki Branham is 2-2 from deep after not playing the first half, the only Spur with multiple triples.
Rest of the team is 4-29 from three. – 8:59 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets lead the Spurs, 97-67, after 3. Jabari Smith Jr. with 21 in 24 minutes. – 8:59 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
In three quarters of preseason basketball against the Spurs kids, the Rockets have looked better than last season in almost every way, leading by as much as 34. Free throw shooting is not among them, making 10 of 50 free throws. – 8:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Malaki Branham has only played in this quarter but he’s already the Spurs’ 3rd leading scorer
6 points from three
2 points from mid-range – 8:57 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jeremy Sochan is wearing number 10 and he has his hair dyed multiple colors. It’s like Dennis Rodman returned to the Spurs 25 years later – 8:57 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Wesley, Branham, Johnson, Sochan, Roby on the floor for the Spurs. – 8:55 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Two shots, two made field goals for Malaki Branham: a spot-up 3 and a mid-range pull-up — his two biggest strengths. – 8:54 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets have seven players who are currently under the age of 21. Five of those seven were with the team last season (Green, Christopher, Nix, Sengun, Garuba). The new under 21’s are Smith & Washington. – 8:51 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Branham hits a three, Wesley hits a floater. Perhaps the first time all game the Spurs have scored on consecutive possessions. – 8:51 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Spurs ball ➡️ Team ball pic.twitter.com/nlqNisBiDC8:50 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
TyTy Washington Jr. with his first playing time, checking in with 3:19 left in the third. He’s in with Sengun, Eason, Christopher and Martin in another 21-and-under lineup. – 8:48 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Trevor Hudgins and Boban are the only available players who have not played – 8:48 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
TyTy Washington gets his first action – 8:48 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Malaki Branham becomes the first Spurs rookie to score this preseason, swishing a top-of-the-arc 3-pointer with 4:05 left in the third. – 8:47 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Zach Collins has five fouls in 14 minutes. After the last one, he looked at the scoreboard and mouthed, “How do I already have five?” – 8:44 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Malaki Branham and Alize Johnson into the game now – 8:44 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Oh a Romeo Langford sighting – 8:42 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Derrick Favors on the Rockets bench tonight. Was not expected here tonight but he’s joined the festivities. – 8:40 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jabari Smith Jr. up to 18 points on 5 of 7 3-point shooting. Has seven rebounds, too. As he said this morning houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… “It’s going to be fun.” – 8:37 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Romeo Langford in the game for the first time – 8:37 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Jabari Smith’s shot is so damn smooth – 8:36 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jabari Smith Jr is 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line – 8:36 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Hey! A Tre Jones three! – 8:35 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Alperen Sengun is on the bench rubbing his right knee. He briefly went to the back – 8:30 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
𝗝𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗝𝗢𝗦𝗛 😱 pic.twitter.com/wnsMHB1weu8:30 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Alperen Sengun seemed to take a knee to his thigh, maybe knee. He left the game for some attention in the back. – 8:29 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Tre Jones, Doug McDermott, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, and Zach Collins to start the second half.
Pop is very clearly in the “just trying some stuff” stage, and why shouldn’t he be with this group? – 8:29 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
NIX AT THE BUZZER 🚨
@djfromveg pic.twitter.com/JCBDpIMwCa8:27 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Second-half starters: Jones, McDermott, KBD, Sochan, Collins. – 8:27 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
boards on boards on boards 😤
Jak leading the way with 🔟 rebounds! – 8:26 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Three things that stood out to me in the first half
•Jalen Green looks so much bigger
•Silas staggering Green and Kevin Porter Jr
•Josh Christopher was the 12th man to get in the game – 8:26 PM
Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider
Help-side defense occupied by KPJ and Jalen weak-side movement. Using a shooter (EG) coming off a baseline pin down, to free the screener (Jabari) for a slip. A lot of movement. Sengun looking good as a hub when initial transition look not there. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/558LAahSkI8:25 PM

Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Spurs trail the Rockets 62-37 at halftime.
Jak has 9 points, 10 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Devin has shot poorly but has a team-high 13 points.
Not the sharpest half of Spurs basketball I’ve ever seen, that’s for sure. – 8:15 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Rockets by 25 in preseason game 1
Vassell 13 points for SA pic.twitter.com/lxnAmRJYnm8:14 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets lead the Spurs, 62-37, at half of the first preseason game after Nix sinks a 3 from 47 feet. Rockets with 16 assists Averaged 23.6 last season so they are on pace for more. Smith with 15 points. – 8:12 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs trail Rockets 62-39 at half. Daishin Nix’s 47-footer at the halftime horn is the difference. – 8:12 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr did not share the floor in the first half after the 5:59 mark of the first quarter – 8:10 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Jabari Smith looks much more comfortable on the floor than he did early in Vegas — finding his spots within the flow of the offense and remaining aggressive. Leads all scorers with 15 points. – 8:09 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
This Spurs roster is gonna be pretty limited, but I’m sure Pop wants to see a lot more togetherness from his guys.
Zero cohesion right now. – 8:08 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Pretty dish from Jalen Green to Alperen Sengun in pick-and-roll. Made a move and no-looked his past through traffic off the dribble, his third assist. Just had a nice one to Smith, too. Jabari Smith Jr. with 13 late in the first half. He’s 3 of 4 on 3s. – 8:07 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Rockets giving Green minutes on the floor without Gordon + Porter and he’s responded with some good decision-making. His 3rd assist to Sengun stretches Houston’s lead to 20 with 2:47 to go in the half. – 8:06 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Opinions on Jabari Smith Jr. are about to change real fast. – 8:05 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
You couldn’t really tell on Media Day, but on the floor Jalen Green looks a lot bigger – 8:05 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Tony Brothers walks Jabari Smith Jr. almost the entire way back to the Rockets bench during the time out chatting with the young man with an arm around him. Some Brothersly advice? – 8:00 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Devin Vassell just hit his first three in six tries. He’s gonna have a pretty green light all year. – 7:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
11 first half points for Devin Vassell
6 paint points
3 points from outside
2 points from FT line
Rockets by 15 – 7:57 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets with a 21-and-under lineup — Martin, Nix, Sengun, Smith and Christopher — on the floor. But with 10 players 21 years old and younger, that is probably not going to be unusual. – 7:55 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
More than ready for Sengun-Smith jr connection on the floor. #Rockets offense has different dimension with those two on the floor.
#NBAPreseason pic.twitter.com/V7Ps68N3BZ7:54 PM

Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Tre Jones finds Devin Vassell with a full-court heave
Some little flashes here and there, but the 39-21 score is a pretty good measure of how much the Spurs are struggling. – 7:50 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher is the 12th Rocket to play in the 1st half – 7:47 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Jeremy Sochan will make his Spurs debut to start the second quarter. Did not play at Summer League due to COVID. – 7:42 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets lead Spurs, 30-17, after one preseason quarter. – 7:41 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Rockets defense holding San Antonio to just 27 percent shooting in the first quarter, lead 30-17. Also winning the rebounding battle 17-11. Solid start for the young guys. – 7:40 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Spurs down 30-17 after the first quarter.
Curious why we haven’t seen any Sochan yet, no Branham either – 7:40 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The first quarter of the first preseason game is over. Rockets are up 13, start planning the parade. Remember, it gets hot in June so dress appropriately – 7:40 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 1
Rockets: 30
Spurs: 17
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/wqmzmDrsQ17:39 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Usman Garuba is the 11th Rocket to play in the first quarter – 7:38 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
And then there was one.
The only remaining winless team in the NFL is the #Texans. Houston is 0-3-1. – 7:34 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Garrison Mathews is slow to get up after taking a viscous screen from Zach Collins. Took less than 2 minutes for him to draw his first offensive foul – 7:33 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
This definitely looks like a preseason game between two teams that will be in the Wembanyama sweepstakes.
Spurs and Rockets have combined to shoot 1-11 from deep so far, plenty of air balls and sloppy play all around. pic.twitter.com/K4wSCDALaw7:30 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Bruno Fernando putting that freshly minted contract money to work early. Solid rim protection in this first quarter. – 7:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Tari Eason and Garrison Mathews check in. Check out Mathews’ retooled shot. houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… A result of a summer filled with 6 a.m. workouts with John Lucas. – 7:29 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Zach Collins, Doug McDermott and Joe Wieskamp into the game now – 7:26 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Blake Wesley the first rookie on the floor for the Spurs – 7:24 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Bruno Fernando, K.J. Martin and Daishen Nix check in. They are also a list of players that have stood out in the first week of practices. Early minutes a recognition of that. – 7:23 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Blake Wesley and Isaiah Roby are Pop’s first subs off the bench – 7:22 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
First rookie off the bench for the Spurs: Blake Wesley. He is immediately whistled for a foul. – 7:22 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Daishen Nix, K.J. Martin and Bruno Fernando are first off the Rockets bench – 7:22 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
Okay so if you go to nba.com/rockets and simply scroll down the Spurs game is streaming there. – 7:21 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets have not put in their post offense or elbow offense for Sengun but he is getting plenty of touches early and looking good. He’s 2 for 2 with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a double to left. – 7:21 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
rook getting right to it
plus the Sengun DIME 👀 pic.twitter.com/HngmMSSK2y7:21 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets up 15-10 at the first break of a pretty sharp start for preseason. This might be a conference finals preview. (You can insert the year.) – 7:20 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Silas mentioned doing some things differently moving to a 4-out, 1-in offense and Sengun has been involved a ton here early on, functioning as both a screener, passer and low-post presence. – 7:18 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
New #Rockets big Derrick Favors is here on the bench. Going with a jean jacket pic.twitter.com/C4hGqBrq4y7:14 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Rockets starting 5!
@reliantenergy | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/pYmE3cJjvX7:12 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
The good news for Spurs fans trying to watch the game is @Jeff McDonald has volunteered to give up-to-the-second Twitter PBP.
The bad news is also that, though. – 7:11 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
John Lucas, Lionel Hollins and Mike Batiste are the Rockets bench assistants. Rick Higgins, Mahmoud Abdelfattah, and Will Dunn are behind the bench – 7:10 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Starting 5️⃣
33 | Tre Jones
24 | Devin Vassell
7 | Josh Richardson
31 | Keita Bates-Diop
25 | Jakob Poeltl
#GoSpursGo7:09 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Keldon Johnson and Josh Primo are here, but not in uniform (injuries).
Gorgui Dieng, who has been limited in camp so far, is dressed out. – 7:09 PM
Tom Petrini @RealTomPetrini
So is anybody able to see this game on League Pass? Or in the Spurs app? Or listen on WOAI?
Because, uh, I am having some issues. – 7:08 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets notes: Bruno Fernando gets four-year contract houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 6:56 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Old friends Eric Gordon and Tony Brothers reunite after a long offseason pic.twitter.com/VvqQZFfUeD6:50 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
That 4-year/$74M Keldon Johnson extension ($80M w/ incentives) looks pretty nice right now. – 6:41 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Alperen Sengun, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr.
Spurs starters: Keita Bates-Diop, Josh Richardson, Jakob Poeltl, Devin Vassell, Tre Jones. – 6:32 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets starters
Porter
Green
Gordon
Smith
Sengun – 6:31 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs starters tonight in Houston will include Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Josh Richardson and Jakob Poeltl.
“I’ve got to think of one more,” Pop says, noting league rules require five. – 6:26 PM
Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
With three games remaining(@ HOU), the Phillies magic number to return to postseason is 1. – 6:25 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Brewers lose. Phillies’ magic number down to 1.
1 victory in Houston or 1 MIL loss vs the D-Backs sends the Phils to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. – 6:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Fun cap process for Bruno Fernando and Houston. Was on a camp deal. That can’t be reworked without waiving. So, Rockets convert to a Two-Way, then sign the new deal from the Two-Way. This keeps Fernando from being exposed to waivers, where he could have been claimed. Good work. – 6:01 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Rockets Signing Bruno Fernando To Four-Year Deal hoopsrumors.com/2022/10/rocket…5:59 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Bruno Fernando has been “phenomenal” this summer, according to a source – 5:54 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Preseason game 1 vs Spurs. #Rockets Kevin Porter Jr. Drilling baseline J’s. @SportsTalk790 at 5:30 for pregame, 6p for tipoff. pic.twitter.com/pGubbyJMgV5:53 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
I did not see the Bruno Fernando 4-year deal coming, but good for him – 5:45 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Houston Rockets center Bruno Fernando has agreed on a four-year, $10.9 million deal, his agents Andy Shiffman and Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tell ESPN. Fernando will have his two-way contract coverted to this new long-term deal. – 5:40 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
first day fits 🔥
#ULTRADrip | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/nUnIuJKYNA5:36 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr., rookie class ready for NBA debut ift.tt/WzgyfuI5:18 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Which Texas team will score first in tonight’s game?
@DraftKings | #Rockets5:10 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets Jae’Sean Tate (right ankle soreness) will not play tonight in the preseason opener vs Spurs. – 4:08 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Says @Dave McMenamin: “I’m of the opinion that (the Lakers) already should’ve made a (Russ) move. They could’ve traded one first-round pick last year at the deadline (to HOU) and they would’ve had John Wall on their team and the Clippers wouldn’t be as good as they’re looking this year.” – 4:07 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Texans remain winless, lose to Chargers 34-24. Houston is 0-3-1. Play at Jaguars (2-2) next Sunday. – 4:03 PM
Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
Beth Mowins and James Loftin are doing an excellent job on the Charger-Houston game on CBS today. – 3:53 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Rockets are 4-point favorites against the Spurs tonight. Who among you is enough of a degenerate to bet this game?
/looks directly at @bouncepassos3:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
𝗪𝗘 𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞
⏰ 6:00 Tip-Off
📺 https://t.co/VBY18eSOmU or Rockets app
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Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Texans getting outscored by the Astros today while allowing more points than the Rockets tonight is currently in play – 1:59 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Who allows more points today: Texans or Rockets? – 1:56 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Texans down 2 TDs now after the Ekeler TD run. it’s 14-0 Chargers. LAC: 89yds, 15 plays (5.9 yds/play)
Hou: 39yds, 15 plays (2.6 yds/play) – 1:45 PM

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