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Rockets vs. Nets game preview: return of an old friend

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I don’t need to tell you that tonight is James Harden’s first return to Houston.

The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets are heading in different directions, and Harden is responsible for both. The Rockets went on a nice run in the immediate aftermath of the trade, but have since crashed back to Earth with a 12 game losing streak. The Nets got off to a shaky start with the Beard, but have since turned into the juggernaut that many of us expected.

The sudden realization by the East coast media that Harden is actually great at basketball is bittersweet. It illustrates the bias that exists from the coastal elites, who believe that everyone who plays in the middle of the country isn’t worth their time. Harden should have three MVP trophies (at least), and it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t if he had played in Brooklyn for his entire career.

Brooklyn will be without Kevin Durant, but still have Harden, which should be more than enough to take down the downtrodden Rockets. The Nets also have Kyrie Irving, just in case.

Luckily for Houston, the All-Star Break arrives after tonight. The team could use a break from the monotony of losing. I’m guessing the fans could too.

Tip-off is at 6:30pm CT on ESPN

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What will James Harden’s stat line be tonight?

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  • 34%
    50-point triple double
    (68 votes)
  • 40%
    30+ points on efficient shooting
    (81 votes)
  • 23%
    Low-scoring triple double
    (46 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (leave in comments)
    (3 votes)
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