After experiencing only their second loss of the season against the LA Clippers Saturday Night, your San Antonio Spurs have had four days to reflect and correct after meeting the Heat, the Jazz twice and the Clippers last week.
Tonight they begin the road back to Winning Streak Lane against a Houston Rockets team (4-3, 7th Western Conference) that are coming off a 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards. The Spurs (5-2, 3rd Western Conference) have had four days of rest.
“It’s a good thing for us,” Popovich told reporters. “Considering the schedule that we just had, it’s a good thing. We need some time. We need some rest.”
The San Antonio Spurs completed another successful Rodeo Road Trip finishing at 7-1 after handily beating the Houston Rockets 104-94. Now they look to keep their undefeated home record intact as they entertain the Detroit Pistons tonight at the AT&T Center.
“Our guys played well and stayed locked in the whole trip,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 26 points and 16 rebounds against the Rockets. “I think everybody was motivated to finish the trip off right.”
The Spurs also made free agent news signing veteran guard Andre Miller and are still looking hard at Kevin Martin, who was recently released from his contract with Minnesota. In order to make room for Miller, guard Ray McCallum was waived. Head Coach Gregg Popovich joked about the signing of Miller.
“He’s gonna be terrible. That’s why we brought him in. He’s got no chance to fit in whatsoever. I can’t believe we did that,” coach Gregg Popovich quipped before continuing.
“His basketball IQ is off the charts,” he added. “What a pro, tough minded, disciplined and he’ll pick up things very quickly. He’s picked up already a lot. He’ll be fine.
The San Antonio Spurs hosted the Houston Rockets Wednesday evening and it was a game that they needed badly after being thumped by 30 by the Golden State Warriors Monday night 120-90. Against the Rockets last night, the Spurs were the thumpers with a 31 point trouncing of the Rockets, riding a 25-point performance by PF LaMarcus Aldridge who was 9-13 from the floor. Against the warriors, Aldridge was a mere 2-9 from the floor.
“I wanted to be better than I was last game,” Aldridge said. “I wanted to have a better rhythm, try to put my stamp on the game. I was trying to be more in-tuned to the game for sure. I was more myself, took my time, made the reads, didn’t let the double-teams or them bluffing me speed me up tonight. It was important for us to just be ourselves again playing defense, being active and trying to hold teams to taking tough shots and not giving up so much easy stuff. Tonight, I thought the guys did that.”