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Houston Rockets: 3 keys to defeating the Brooklyn Nets

Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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The Houston Rockets will face the Brooklyn Nets for the first time this season on Monday night. What are the keys to victory against a shorthanded Nets team?

The Houston Rockets (15-4) will face the Brooklyn Nets (6-12) in the third game of their four game home stand. The Rockets have been winning games left and right, including wins in four consecutive games and 10 of their last 11.

In the wake of Chris Paul‘s knee injury, the entire team was forced to lean heavily on James Harden, and he has delivered. The Beard is leading the league in points (31.4) and assists (9.8), to go along with a career high 4.3 made 3-pointers per game on 39.4 percent shooting from downtown. With CP3 back on the floor, the Rockets are starting to look like a legitimate championship contender.

The Brooklyn Nets haven’t been so fortunate. The franchise is in the middle of the dreaded rebuilding stage, and they will be without their two best players for the foreseeable future. Jeremy Lin is out for the season with a ruptured patella tendon and D’Angelo Russell is inactive after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Russell is traveling with the team again, but there is no set timetable for his return.

Despite having a talent depleted roster, the Nets were able to defeat the Grizzlies 98-88 on Sunday evening. Memphis has already defeated Houston twice this season, so the Nets pulled of an impressive win. The Houston Rockets can’t afford to make the mistake of playing down to the level of their competition. Here are the three keys for the Rockets to defeat the Nets.

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