Jan 11, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (left) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics Preview

 

Keys for the Houston Rockets as they take on the Boston Celtics Monday Night.

 

Injury Update

Chandler Parsons has missed the past 3 games with a sore knee, but all indications point to him returning into the lineup.

 

 

The Rockets also have a back-to- back later this week so Parsons may have a minutes limit in his first game back.

 

New Place, Same Test

The pattern continues for the Rockets and playing against sub-500 teams. The Celtics sure are happy to  be back home, having lost 8 straight games, with the last 6 coming on the road. While the Rockets are 10-3 against Eastern Conference teams this year, they must establish the tone early, just like they did Saturday night in Washington.

 

Searching For The 3

The 3-point shot has not fallen all season, but the Rockets were able to knock some down against the Wizards Saturday. The Rockets also shot 9 for 21 from behind the arc in the first meeting, and the magic number to hit is 45 percent, as the Celtics are just 5-15 when their opponent shoots 45 percent or better from the 3-point line.

 

Tip: 6:30 PM CT

TV: CSN Houston

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