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Houston Rockets: Rockets vs. the Southwest Division

By Phillip Pyle
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Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks went all in for Dwight Howard, and ended up with Monta Ellis. With Dirk healthy and hungry to return to the Playoffs, look for the Mavs to once again be a strong member of the Southwest Division. Monta has always been a thorn in the Rockets side, always. Last season he threw up a prayer from deep and beat the Rockets at the buzzer , while with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The difference this season will rely on who starts at the Power Forward spot for the Rockets. Keeping Dirk under control will stymie the Mavs, while the Rockets new inside presence (Howard) will have free reign on the offensive end.

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