In the first game in front of home fans for Houston’s 2022 draft class of three first-round rookies, the Rockets play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night at Toyota Center. Both of the in-state, divisional rivals are in the relatively early stages of a youth movement and rebuilding project as they work to return to past glory.
For Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington, Sunday will be their first opportunity to take the court in their new NBA home.
Neither team has released a projected lineup, since it’s the preseason opener for both. But veteran Eric Gordon appears likely to start around Houston’s four certain starters of Smith, Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., and Alperen Sengun, particularly with Jae’Sean Tate out due to a left ankle injury. At Saturday’s practice, head coach Stephen Silas suggested that Tate would play if it was the regular season.
Regardless of the fifth starter, expect head coach Stephen Silas to experiment with many options as he works to find the optimal rotation patterns before an Oct. 19 start to the regular season.
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Spurs at Rockets broadcast information
Date: Sunday, Oct. 2
Time: 6 p.m. Central
TV Channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest, NBA League Pass
Radio: KBME 790 AM
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free in Houston markets)
Probable starting lineups
Houston Rockets (0-0, preseason)
Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
Guard: Jalen Green
Forward: Eric Gordon
Forward: Jabari Smith Jr.
Center: Alperen Sengun
San Antonio Spurs (0-0 in preseason)
Guard: Tre Jones
Guard: Devin Vassell
Forward: Doug McDermott
Forward: Zach Collins
Center: Jakob Poeltl
Projected lineups are usually based on each team’s prior game or their official game notes. In this case, San Antonio’s lineup is a best guess, since the Spurs have yet to play a game or issue notes.
Rockets: Jae’Sean Tate out (sore left ankle)
Spurs: Keldon Johnson out (dislocated right shoulder), Joshua Primo out (left knee MCL sprain)
Game preview via The Lager Line podcast