Injury-hit San Antonio Spurs travel to Houston tonight to face the Rockets, with both teams preparing for a fierce Southwest Division showdown.
Houston stand five games adrift of the Spurs heading into the game, and a win tonight would act as a springboard to catching their division rivals.
On the other side of the court, the Spurs have looked out of sorts since they suffered several injuries. The absences of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green - who both have hand injuries - as well as Tiago Splitter (shoulder), seem to have hit them hard.
Tony Parker, however, claims his team have no excuse.
"Everybody has injuries. You have to deal with them during the season," said Tony Parker, who had 11 points versus Miami and appeared to be OK after giving San Antonio another scare with a jammed finger. "Obviously, it's hurting us but they're going to come back. We just have to keep pushing and try to get better."
The Rockets have performed strongly this season, but most of that good work has been on the defensive side of the ball.
In their last two games they have kept both sides to below 100 points, but Chandler Parsons claims it's their offense which is letting them down.
"The last two games we've been terrible offensively," said Chandler Parsons, who was 5 of 16 from the field Friday.