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Game Preview: Will the Houston Rockets cool the Miami Heat?

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 17: James Harden
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 17: James Harden
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The Houston Rockets are going for their 3rd straight win against Miami Heat.

The Rockets had a sensational win against Warriors (37-10). Wins against the Warriors are always extra sweet. With that victory, the Rockets are now 32-12 and are leading the Southwest Division.

Chris Paul had an amazing game on both sides of the ball and led the Rockets to a win. James Harden contributed nicely on Saturday scoring 22 points.

The Rockets will be extremely loaded with the return of Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green. Green is returning just in time to face his former team.

Other weapons, such as Clint Capela, will need to be on the top of his game defensively.

Eric Gordon, who had a rough game on Saturday is due for a big game. He was 0-for-9 from deep, which will not suffice when facing the Heat.

Miami

Miami is hot though. The team is coming off a one point comeback victory against the Hornets.  And in their last 10 matchups, Miami has only lost two games.

The offense will most likely be dependent on Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson, who are key contributors on both sides of the ball.

However, Wayne Ellington will likely get many open looks coming off of screens. Ellington scored 26 points against Charlotte and was 6-of-10 from downtown.

Injuries

HEALTHY! Yes, the Rockets are completely healthy and every rotational player is expected to to be available for tonight’s game.

On the other hand, the Heat announced this morning that Tyler Johnson (left ankle) and Goran Dragic (knee) are out for tonight’s game. Dragic is the Heat’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game and he leads the team in assists.

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Dion Waiters (ankle) is also out, as he is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery.

Where to watch

This match-up will air on NBA TV at 7:00 p.m. C.T tonight!

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