Murray’s knee injury another Spurs concern as season nears

The San Antonio Spurs have more injury problems with a little more than a week remaining until the regular season.

Starting guard Dejounte Murray's knee doubled and crashed before the court on Sunday in a preseason loss to the Houston Rockets. He will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

Murray was heading to the basket against the Rockets guard, James Harden, on a quick break when his knee gave way. The third-year player remained on the court for several minutes writhing in pain. Spurs officials pulled out a wheelchair to get him out of the field, but Murray refused, standing up in the middle of a loud cheer from San Antonio fans. Murray tested his knee in front of the Spurs bench before heading to the locker room with team officials.

It was the second injury in the last two games for the Spurs, who lost rookie Lonnie Walker IV to torn cartilage on his right. knee and will be lost for at least six weeks.

Coach Gregg Popovich did not have an update on Murray, who took over Tony Parker's starting guard last season.

On the other hand, the Rockets are getting healthier. P.J. Tucker started at the front after missing the first two games with a back injury and had 19 points and seven rebounds. That led Carmelo Anthony to a reserve role, and he responded with 12 points and six boards.

ROCKETS 108, SPURS 93

Harden scored 21 points to lead seven Rockets in double figures. He also had nine assists, as did Chris Paul.

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Spurs.

ROCKETS: Paul had 11 points and eight rebounds, although he only shot 4 of 13. … Gerald Green scored 13 points. … The Rockets went 17 for 53 in triples.

LEAKS: Rudy Gay scored 13 points in 6-for-7 shooting. … LaMarcus Aldridge only got 5 for 15 for 10 points, adding seven rebounds. … San Antonio was 4 by 21 (19 percent) behind the goal.

ABOVE: Houston (2-1) hosts the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday. … San Antonio (2-1) visits Atlanta on Wednesday.

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