Feb 15, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; A Houston Rockets cheerleader Power Dancer dances against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

Preview: Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves


Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets look to make it six wins in a row against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Outside Looking In

If Daryl Morey kept a list of all the acquisitions that he’s made over the years, it would look similar to Tucker Max’s list of one night stands. There’s some high end pieces, that you brag about to your friends. More than anything, it’s compiled with “middle of the road” talent, that we shrug, and nod our head at, in approval. Finally, there’s those complete “dumpster fires”, like Royce White, where you have to wonder how much alcohol was involved in the decision. But at the end of the day, you can’t really blame the guy, because it always seems like a good idea at the time.

The Timberwolves have a couple of former Houston Rockets in Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger. They’re also sporting ex Rockets coach, Rick Aldeman.

Between Budinger and Martin, “Air Bud” was the bigger fan favorite in Houston. That’s no disrespect to K-Mart, who’s awkward shooting motion use to keep the Rockets in games. Adelman was all class during his time in Houston.

Former Houston players, paired with a couple of coaches that switched franchises for each other’s, should make this game interesting. Just kidding, Minnesota is more beat up than Vince Young’s bank account.

Houston beat Minnesota, 112-101 back in November.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard

Patrick Beverley vs. Ricky Rubio

Advantage: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard

James Harden vs. Corey Brewer

Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Advantage: Rockets

 

Small Forward

Chandler Parsons vs. Chase Budinger

Advantage: Rockets

 

Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forward

Terrence Jones vs.  Dante Cunningham 

Advantage: Rockets

 

Center

Dwight Howard vs. Ronny Turiaf

Advantage: Rockets

Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

Injuries

Rockets: Greg Smith (Out)

Timberwolves: Everyone

 

What to watch:

I would elaborate on the match ups, but there are too many injuries on the Timberwolves side, to invest meaningless chatter. This should be an easy win tonight for Houston. It will be interesting to see if the Rockets play down to their competition. McHale’s bunch also needs to step it up while they’re on the road.

Prediction: Minnesota runs out of healthy players midway through the 3rd quarter. The Minnesota power dancers should be the most entertaining part of this game.

Houston 120 Minnesota 95

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