Will John Wall Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 02/06/2021, 2:26 PM EST
Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020-21 NBA season is beginning to catch pace as almost all teams have played 20 games each. The West is once again competitive as predicted, as teams like Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs are battling to sustain their place in the rankings. The Rockets’ upcoming game is against the Spurs, who are just slightly above them in the Western Conference table. 


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Venue: Toyota Center

Time: 8:00 PM ET (February 6, 2021) 


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San Antonio recorded some good wins with tough defense, but they’re struggling to do it in a consistent manner. Now, they play against the Houston Rockets, who look all tidy on both ends of the court after a major roster change. 

This will be the third meeting between these two teams in the 2021 regular-season and the series is tied at 1-1, making Saturday’s game a tie-breaker. 

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Updates and Lineups


The Rockets have won six of their last seven games, and the team looks much confident now than they were at the beginning of the transition. Christian Wood has been the chief contributor after James Harden’s departure, but a nasty ankle sprain has the star center sidelined for at least a few weeks. 

Wood’s second ankle injury in three weeks is a big blow for the Rockets, and the team also has John Wall (back spasms) on the questionable list for the Spurs game. Similarly, 28-year-old David Nwaba (ankle) is doubtful as well. 

Possible Lineup

Victor Oladipo (G)

Eric Gordon (G) 

Jae’Sean Tate (F)

P.J. Tucker (F) 

DeMarcus Cousins (C) 


The Spurs have also been affected by injuries, which have played a major part in disrupting the team’s momentum. As they head into the Rockets game, two of their starters aren’t playing, and one more is listed as questionable for the game. 

Jan 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball against San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldrige’s hip soreness is expected to keep him out for multiple games, which isn’t a good sign for the Spurs. Furthermore, Lonnie Walker IV will not take part due to illness, and Dejounte Murray is on the day-to-day list

Possible Lineup

Dejounte Murray (G) 

Derrick White (G) 

DeMar DeRozan (F) 

Keldon Johnson (F) 

Jakob Poeltl (C) 



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This will be an exciting western conference game between two sides who are not far away in terms of their season record. The Houston Rockets have one game in hand against the San Antonio Spurs and a victory for the Rockets would improve their record to 12-10, which will put them ahead of the Spurs. 

Jan 18, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

DeMar DeRozan has been rallying his team to perform better, and the Spurs are indeed a promising team. However, the Rockets might just outplay them when they face each other. The recent results have been impressive, and we predict Houston to take the win against San Antonio. 


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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.