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Houston Rockets Game Day: Healthier Wolves Arrive in Town

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) during the 2015 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Game Day: Healthier Wolves Arrive in Town

Mon Feb 23, 8:00 PM EST – FSN, CSNH, RTSW, Toyota Center – Houston, TX

While Houston had a strong win over Toronto Saturday the game wasn’t pretty. Factor in how poorly they played the two games prior with consecutive blowout losses to Dallas and the Clippers and perhaps the arrival of the Timberwolves comes at a perfect time.

The problem is these Wolves have found a new competitive edge and actually hold a better record than the Rockets over their past 5-games. They’ve pushed both Conference leaders losing a tough match versus the Warriors by just 3-points. Furthermore they beat Detroit, Phoenix and Memphis, so Houston needs to be very careful not to underestimate this young, athletic talented squad.

Watching the Wolves of late and knowing Kevin Garnett will join them this week it’s not far fetched to imagine this team will be competing for a playoff spot as soon as next season.

Story Lines:

  • This will be the first time Corey Brewer faces the team who traded him to Houston. Brewer was very well liked during his tenure in Minnesota, in fact it was with the Wolves that Brewer scored his career high 51 points versus his current team.
  • The young Wolves are playing inspired ball following a strong showing by Andrew Wiggins who won the BBVA Rising Star MVP and  Zach LaVine putting on a dunk show akin to Vince Carter perhaps without the same panache, but easily as dominant.
  • Today is Andrew Wiggins 20th birthday
  • Kevin Garnett won’t join the crew on the court until later this week with his press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Minnesota
  • Several key veterans are back who didn’t play in either of the 2 previous games the Rockets won: Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic missed both prior games and Kevin Martin didn’t play last time out

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