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Game #21: Wizards vs. Rockets

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The Washington Wizards have turned a corner after a slow start and are coming off their third win of the season on the road in New Orleans. While the Wizards record may indicate otherwise, Randy Wittman's team is above average defensively and could cause some problems for the Rockets in the paint.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
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December 12th, 2012
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
7:00 PM CST
CSNH
Starting Lineups
Jordan Crawford PG Jeremy Lin
James Harden Bradley Beal SG James Harden
Martell Webster SF Chandler Parsons
Chris Singleton PF Patrick Patterson
Emeka Okafor C Omer Asik
2012/13 Advanced Stats
91.1 (23rd of 30) Pace 96.5 (1st of 30)
96.9 (30th of 30) ORtg 106.6 (11th of 30)
104.0 (13th of 30) DRtg 107.6 (24th of 30) (-3)
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Injuries:

James Harden: sore right ankle, probable tonight

Jeremy Lin: sprained ankle, probable tonight

Trevor Ariza: strained left calf, out indefinitely

Trevor Booker: strained right knee, out indefinitely

A.J. Price: bruised right hand, questionable for tonight

John Wall: strained left knee, out indefinitely

Questions to Consider:

Jeremy Lin, perhaps not so coincidentally, had a fantastic game with James Harden out on Monday in San Antonio. Harden, Lin, and McHale have all made it clear that the number one priority right now is getting these two guards to dominate in unison. With Harden and Lin likely to play, will the Rockets see more of cohesion tonight or less?

With the offseason Beal for Harden trade rumors surfacing the Rockets might see some spark out of rookie guard Bradley Beal. Could Bradley Beal ever become as dominant of a guard as James Harden?

The Rockets continue to slip as a team capable of playing good defense. With so many capable individual defenders, what are the Rockets doing wrong on a team level?

Check out Tom's take at Wizards.com.