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Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. Miami Heat

Could this be a preview of the NBA Finals? Clearly Miami’s road to a 4th straight NBA Finals appearance, is much easier in the lackluster Eastern Conference. With the way both teams have played as of late, a Houston-Miami Finals match up is well within the realm of possibilities.

The Rockets kickoff a gauntlet stretch tonight; facing the Miami Heat twice, Indiana, Portland, and Oklahoma City. All within their next seven games. We’ve witnessed the Rockets play some great ball recently, but this stretch will be a true litmus test of what this team is all about.

Miami has reeled off eight in a row. Last night LeBron James and his face mask, shot 67% from the field, which tallied up to  61 points. ESPN fell deeper in love with King James after the performance. Also, word on the street is that Nike is in the works of making LeBron’s face mask, a puppet (think mid-90’s Lil Penny).

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The Houston Rockets have won 11 of 13 after a easy 118-110 victory, over Detroit on Saturday night. They bode a 17-3 record against the Eastern Conference for the season, and are 12-0 against them at the Toyota Center.

Both head coaches were named February coaches of the month, Speolstra for the East, and McHale for the West.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 P.M. at the Toyota Center and can be seen on NBATV, CSN Houston, and heard on 790AM.

The Matchups

Point Guard:
Patrick Beverleyv.s. Mario Chalmers

Both are averaging around 10 ppg, but Chalmers takes the slight edge with assists.

Slight Edge: Heat

 

Shooting Guard:
James Harden v.s. Dwayne Wade

Harden posted 36 points and 12 rebounds in his last meeting with Miami, and will need another solid game tonight.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small ForwardChandler Parsons v.s. LeBron James

Let’s hope LeBron used up all his mojo last night.  Even if he did, Chandler will have his hands full.

Edge: Heat

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Shane Battier

The Rockets are 25-3 on the season when Jones scores more than 10 points. Defensive specialist Shane Battier will try to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Edge: Rockets

 

CenterDwight Howard v.s. Chris Bosh

No question, Houston will have to have monster games from Howard and Harden tonight to pull out this win. Rockets may also have to win the rebounding battle, so Howard’s role tonight will be paramount.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench

Rockets – Jeremy LinOmri CasspiDonatas MotiejunasFrancisco GarciaOmer AsikJordan Hamilton.

Heat – Udonis Haslem, Chris Anderson, Michael Beasley, Norris Cole, Ray Allen

Edge: Heat

 

Injuries

Rockets – Parsons (DTD), Lin (DTD), Howard (DTD), Beverley (DTD), Smith (OUT)

Heat – James (DTD)

 

Prediction – Rockets avoid a slow start, limit turnovers, and bring LeBron “CatWomen” James back down to earth. Rockets 121-118

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