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Rockets vs. Grizzlies game thread: Winning time

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A feeble, injured opponent at a crucial juncture could be just what the Rockets need.

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The Rockets have a chance to avoid the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. That chance manifests itself tonight in the form of a Grizzlies team with no Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Vince Carter or Lance Stephenson, visiting the Rockets at home after a 3-2 road trip.

This is the easiest game they'll have in some time. But the shorthanded Grizz dealt the Cavaliers a home loss not too long ago, so the Rockets must be careful not to play down to their opponent, a problem they've had all year long.