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Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Is there any question who’s the best team in Texas? If so, I’d love to hear your case. After coming off back-to-back wins (on back-to-back nights) over the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets look to negotiate an eastern conference speed bump when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night at the Toyota Center.

The Houston Rockets seem to be firing on all cylinders the past two games, despite playing both without star James Harden. Much controversy was made after the win over Dallas about Chandler Parsons’ comments on an absent Harden. Parsons’ sentiment was that the Rockets’ offense was more balanced with Harden out, and they were able to get the best shots available instead of heavily relying on one-on-one ball. No question Parsons has played out of his mind thus far, but if he or anyone else thinks the Rockets are a better team with Jeremy Lin starting over James Harden, I’d advise them to throw on a Spurs jersey and talk about how David Robinson was the best center of the ‘90s.

Tip off is scheduled for 7 P.M. on CSN Houston, and can be heard on 790AM.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is a top PG in the NBA, much less the East. Averaging over 21 ppg, he leads Cleveland in scoring this season. If Beverly can semi-control Irving’s game, the Cavs have absolutely no chance.

Edge: Cavaliers

 

Shooting Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. C.J. Miles 

Lin has done an exceptional job as a starter the past two games. Not having to run point has decreased his turnovers significantly.

UPDATE: Harden likely a go!

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Luol Deng

Can’t help but to think Parsons’ comments may have been fueled by his increased offensive production with Harden injury. He’ll have has hands full with a capable Deng.

Edge: Even

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Tristan Thompson

Terrence Jones is finding his groove, and can erupt on any given night. Donatas Montiejunas has been very good off the bench as well.

Edge: Rockets

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Anderson Varejao

Varejao is listed as day-to-day, didn’t play in their loss to the New York Knicks, and would be smart to sit one more out. Dwight will be free to do as he pleases in this one.

UPDATE: Varejao out! 

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Omri CasspiAaron BrooksDonatas MotiejunasRonnie Brewer, Isaiah Canaan 

Cavaliers – Anthony Bennett, Tyler Zeller, Earl Clark, Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack, Alonzo Gee, Henry Sims

Edge: Rockets

 

Injuries:

Rockets – James Harden (GTD),  Francisco Garcia (Out) Omer Asik (Out)Greg Smith (DTD), Ronnie Brewer (DTD)

Cavaliers – Anderson Varejao (DTD), Luol Deng (DTD), Carrick Felix (OUT)

 

Prediction – Rockets stay on track and get an easy win over a Leastern Conference bottom dweller.  Rockets 117-101

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