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Game thread: Rockets vs. Nets

The Rockets look for their fifth straight in the win column.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets take on the 7-12 Brooklyn Nets tonight at the Toyota Center, with both teams coming into the contest slightly banged up.

The Rockets are down Nene and Zhou Qi.

While the Nets are dealing with a laundry list of injuries and illness on their side.

The Rockets are rolling since Chris Paul returned to the lineup, and in their last game against the New York Knicks, we even saw the emergence of Home Ryno, as Ryan Anderson, who was moved to the bench, came off of said pine for 17 points and 7 rebounds in his best game at the Toyota Center in recent memory. As a result, he’ll be back in the starting lineup tonight, in what could be a fluid situation all season.

It’s a great situation to be in to have that much roster flexibility and players who don’t care if they’re starting or reserves and can contribute anyway. It’s part of the reason the Rockets are 15-4 and have won their last four games in a row.

They’ll be looking for their fifth consecutive win and should have a good chance to get it versus the shorthanded Nets provided they don’t take the game lightly.

We have a 7pm CST tip, so see you there.

Go Rockets!