Rockets vs. Raptors: The Return of the Bulldog

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Rockets have a chance to start a three game winning streak if they can fight off Kyle Lowry long enough to get a win.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
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(6-7)

November 27th, 2012
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
7:00 PM CST
CSNH
Starting Lineups
Kyle Lowry
PG Jeremy Lin
DeMar DeRozan
SG James Harden
Dominic McGuire
SF Chandler Parsons
Andrea Bargnani
PF Patrick Patterson
Jonas Valanciunas
C Omer Asik
2012/13 Advanced Stats
91.1 (22nd of 30) Pace 94.9 (1st of 30)
102.2 (21st of 30) ORtg 105.0 (15th of 30)
106.1 (22nd of 30) DRtg 103.8 (15th of 30)
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Injuries:

Cole Aldrich - sprained right ankle, questionable for tonight

Carlos Delfino - strained groin, questionable for tonight

Alan Anderson - torn plantar fascia in left foot, out 3-6 weeks

Landry Fields - right elbow, out indefinitely

Questions to Consider:

For me, tonight's game centers around Kyle Lowry. So far this season, Lowry has only played eight of the 14 games for the Raptors. During those games he has averaged 18.3 PPG and 6.1 AST. Lowry's shooting 40.9% from deep, averaging 2.3 steals per game, and out-rebounding everyone on his team save for the starting center at 5.9 rebounds per game. I miss rooting for Lowry and I wish things hadn't soured so quickly in Houston but let's face the facts: the protected first rounder from Toronto that we got in exchange for Lowry landed us James Harden. Nothing in this world would please Lowry more than a dominant performance during his first game back in Houston. My question is simple. Just how good is Kyle Lowry going to play tonight?

The Rockets are on a hot streak with two solid wins against good teams. The Raptors, who are 1 and 7 on the road, aren't likely to put up much of a fight outside of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Can the Rockets finally find some consistency?

Will Dwane Casey allow Andrea Bargnani to repeat Sunday's 2-19 shooting performance or will Ed Davis, who had 14 rebounds (8 offensive) in 22 minutes during the same game, be given some favor?

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