Spurs look to bounce back against rival Rockets

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SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Spurs hit the floor against the Houston Rockets, Tim Duncan will not be in uniform for the second game in a row.  

This will be the ninth game Duncan will miss this season, but the second in a row due to soreness in his right knee. 

According to Gregg Popovich, Duncan is rehabbing the knee and as a part of  his rehab has had an MRI, but Popovich would not reveal any results.

"They are rehabbing him and doing what they do," said Popovich.

There is no timetable for his return. "They just tell me when he is ready to go," said Popovich.

The Spurs will try and bounce back after that brutal loss to Golden State with a win Wednesday night.

The Spurs lost to the Warriors Monday by 30 points, 120-90, ending their 13-game overall winning streak.

"That is the good thing about the NBA. Games come, you don't have a lot of time to think about or worry about it," said David West.

The Spurs are still have another streak to keep alive. Coming into Wednesday night's game they have won 24 in a row at home.

So far this season the Spurs and Rockets have split the season series, both winning on their home floor.

Houston comes to town on a 3-game winning streak and it looks like Dwight Howard should be back in the lineup but that doesn't change things much for the Spurs.

"We have to defend them make them make plays obviously guard them in the pick and roll," West said.


Before the game Popovich was asked about coaching the Western Conference All-Stars.  

"It's a pretty awesome feeling to know that you are going to be in the locker room with some of the best athletes in the world," Popovich said.

It's the fourth time Popovich was named as coach of the Western Conference All-Stars.

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David Sears, a native San Antonian, has been at KSAT for more than 20 years.