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Rockets vs. Timberwolves preview: First game back from break!

Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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The Rockets look to stay hot in their first game back from the long All-Star break.

The Houston Rockets (44-13) have finally returned from the All-Star break. They still remain first in the West despite the win by the Warriors last night due to the Rockets having a higher winning percentage.

The opponent tonight will be the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-25). The Rockets will host them for the second time this year as they look to win the season series. Houston has won both of the previous contests this year, one at home and one of the road just 10 days ago.

Let’s get into the starters, and this is where it gets a bit tricky for Houston:

Projected Starting 5

Rockets

Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/???/Clint Capela

Who will be starting at power forward for the Rockets? That is yet to be seen as both P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have been playing well with the starters. If I had to guess, it’ll be Tucker starting tonight.

Timberwolves

Jeff Teague/Jimmy Butler/Andrew Wiggins/Taj Gibson/Karl-Anthony Towns

How the Rockets can win

The Rockets will be looking to get their 11th straight win going back before the All-Star break. They have taken care of the T-Wolves on this streak in blowout fashion. Now fully healthy, hopefully, they can do it again.

Clint Capela will need to be strong against the big men of Minnesota. KAT dominated offensively in the game the other night.

The rotation might be a bit crazy tonight. Houston will need to figure that out as they have two new members to the team, Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright. Maybe Chris Paul and James Harden won’t have to play 35+ minutes.

The battle for the power forward position should be interesting. Ryan Anderson has been getting buckets lately, Houston has a great chance to win if he’s knocking down his 3s.

Be sure to tune in at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN or AT&T Sportsnet SW!

Also, go Astros as they start Spring Training today!

Next: Rockets All-Star break midseason review

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