Still, Houston point guard Chris Paul won’t count out Popovich and the Spurs, who could wind up seeing the Rockets again in the playoffs.
“It is strange, but without Kawhi, that’s tough. That’s tough,” Paul said. “They’ve missed a number of guys. But if anybody is going to find a way, Pop will find a way.”
The Rangers extended their home winning streak against Carolina to 15 games, dating to Jan. 5, 2011. The streak is the longest for the Rangers against one opponent in franchise history. The Rangers also have won 24 of their past 28 games overall against the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes have struggled with three wins in their past 12 games as they fade from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
“We are in a hole right now,” Stempniak said. “We still think we are going to make the playoffs and we believe we can, but it gets harder with each loss. We have to put this one behind us, get ready tomorrow for a very good Boston team, and start getting wins and collecting points.”
Robert, who signed with the White Sox last year and received a $26 million signing bonus, recently was ranked as the No. 46 overall prospect in baseball. He had been expected to start this season in Class-A ball before suffering the injury.
Robert batted .310 in 28 games last season with Chicago’s Dominican Summer League team and played sparingly this spring for the White Sox. His first start of the spring was Wednesday, when he Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys also belted a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Garrett Temple and Justin Jackson each added 15 for Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys the Kings.
The Thunder held the Kings to 40.9 percent shooting overall, and 38.9 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense has been huge,” George said. “Again, it’s all a credit to our effort.”