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Game Day: Houston Rockets Look to Sting Hornets and Climb Ladder

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Apr 10, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) shoots a free throw during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. The Spurs won 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bench Mob:

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Full bench stats at hoopsstats.com

Key Match-up:

It’s a pretty simple choice: James Harden versus Kemba Walker.

Look for Harden to spearhead the offense and to put up some big numbers as he seeks to keep his name in the mix for Most Valuable Player. Though the two losses to San Antonio hurt him a bit, the fact remains he should have been shooting 2 free throws to win the second game.

Walker has pretty much done it all for the Hornets and shown an improved touch from the field this season. The Lance experiment never quite worked out so it will be interesting to see what they do about Stephenson in the off season.

Watch for Noah Vonleh to get additional minutes now that there is no pressure to get into the post season. I was surprised we didn’t see more of him this season (and sooner), but I still feel he will become a valuable asset as he develops and gains playing time.

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