Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview

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The Rockets take on OKC at the Toyota Center after dropping one against the Spurs.

The last time these teams met in Oklahoma City it was a blowout. Can the Rockets play better tonight?

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Saturday preview means it's a mini-preview. Last night I was flipping back and forth between the Texas Tech-Minnesota fight bowl game and the Rockets-Spurs game F-1 race.

A combination of things have to happen tonight for the Rockets to win. They have to protect the ball (under 15 turnovers), they have to keep Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook off the line (no more than 12 free throws between them), and a Thunder player besides Durant, Westbrook, or Kevin Martin can't have the night Serge Ibaka had last time (11-13 from the field).

Also, it would be really nice if the opposing team just missed some shots for once. The Rockets defense was terrible against the Spurs and they didn't deserve to win, but San Antonio missed absolutely nothing. The Rockets have to find their second wind and run with this Thunder squad.

Oh, and it's K-Mart's first return to the Yote.

Tip off is at 7pm CST.

Prediction: Thunder have all the answers late, win 111-105

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