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Houston Rockets: 3 things to watch for against the Timberwolves

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The Houston Rockets will take on the red-hot Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. What should you look out for?

The Houston Rockets matchup with the Wolves will be the first game since their action packed night against the Clippers last Monday.

Long story short, some of the guys on the Rockets didn’t appreciate the attitudes from some of the players from the Clippers during the game. So they marched into the Clippers locker room to settle their differences. Security got in the middle of it, the Los Angeles Police Department was called and it was just an ugly night altogether.

The NBA suspended Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green for two games, so the Rockets will face the Wolves shorthanded tonight. On the flip side, James Harden will return after missing the previous seven games due to a hamstring injury. The Rockets will limit Harden’s minutes as he works his way back into game shape.

Luc Mbah a Moute will start in place of Ariza and Harden’s return will put Eric Gordon back into his sixth man role. Nene is questionable for tonight’s game with a bruised right knee.

As for the Wolves, they’ve won seven of their last 10 games, including impressive victories over the Cavs and Thunder. The 29-17 Wolves are off to their third best start in franchise history and they hold the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

The additions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson along with the maturation of their young stars has turned Minnesota into a very respectable and dangerous playoff team. The shorthanded Rockets will have their hands full with the Wolves, so there isn’t a lot of margin for error.

Here’s what to watch for in tonight’s game.

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