January continues to be a month of learning for San Antonio. After giving up 61 2nd half points to a Rockets team in their first game of their post-James Harden reality, the Spurs seemingly found that, “appropriate fear,” that head coach Gregg Popovich has been known to preach to his players. San Antonio brought out the clamps in the 2nd half of the rematch on Saturday, limiting Houston to just 38 points in the 2nd half of that game and pulling away with a 103-91 win to put them at 7-6 on the season.
Their opponent tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers, come into this game down a couple of their big guns. Already missing starting center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken wrist, they also could be without starting shooting guard and big-time scorer CJ McCollum, who left Portland’s 112-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks before the conclusion of the 1st half with a left foot injury. Damian Lillard scored 36 in that win, with 17 coming in the 2nd half with no McCollum, and may have his hands full going forward trying to keep Portland afloat.