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GameThread #20: Rockets vs. Spurs

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James Harden, who sprained his ankle Saturday night, may or may not play tonight for the Rockets. Last Friday the Spurs womped the Rockets with a healthy Harden scoring efficiently. If Harden doesn't lace up tonight, the Rockets might be marching into an absolute thrashing.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
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(17-4)
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(9-10)

December 10th, 2012
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
7:00 PM CST
CSNH
Starting Lineups
Tony Parker PG Jeremy Lin
Gary Neal SG Carlos Delfino
Danny Green SF Chandler Parsons
Tim Duncan PF Patrick Patterson
DeJuan Blair C Omer Asik
2012/13 Advanced Stats
94.0 (3rd of 30) Pace 96.1 (1st of 30)
109.7 (5th of 30) ORtg 106.4 (11th of 30)
100.6 (4th of 30) DRtg 106.9 (21st of 30)
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Injuries:

James Harden: sore right ankle, out tonight

Stephen Jackson: broken right pinkie finger, out 4-6 weeks

Kawhi Leonard: right knee tendinitis, out indefinitely

Questions to Consider:

I missed Friday's game in San Antonio but from what I've been able to gather the Rockets weren't much of a hurdle for the Spurs. Lin, Asik, Patterson and Parsons were all ineffective. With James Harden likely to limp onto the court tonight (if at all), at least one of the Rocket's starting group needs to provide some efficient scoring. Who is it going to be?

The Rockets have had a lot of trouble starting games this season. Could having Kevin McHale back in practices for the first time in weeks be precisely what the doctor ordered when it comes to starting off strong?

Jonathan Feigen and Tony Parker both see some similarities between Jeremy Lin's start and Parker's own. After a fleeting resurgence of competency, Lin has had his minutes cut significantly. When will Lin find his place tonight on this team full of moving parts with more of the offensive burden?