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Preview: James Harden, Houston Rockets in town to face Denver Nuggets

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Houston, we have a problem. Cancel that Houston, we don't have a problem. Guess what Houston? We have a problem, again! Just kidding Houston, we are all good! Hey Houston ... hello? Houston? We abused it guys.

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You really have to wonder how many times Rockets writers resist the urge to say, "Houston, we have a problem!" when things are going bad for the team. But at 18-5, the Rockets' penmen have had little to complain about this season. And the most amazing part? Dwight Howard has only appeared in 11 of the team's 23 games, but they keep on winning anyway.

Imagine that Nuggets fans ... winning while some of your best players are injured. Kevin McHale must have a pretty good system in place, and he also has the luxury of being able to ride Mr. T's coattails aka James Harden. The Beard is putting up 26.3 points, 6.7 assists, and 6.4 rebounds this season. WoweeZOWEE!

Game 25: 2014-15 NBA Season
Rockets
@

(18-5, 9-2 away)
Series 1-0 HOU
(10-14, 6-5 home)
December 17th, 2014
Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
8:30 PM MT
ESPN & Altitude / 950 AM

Patrick Beverley PG Ty Lawson
James Harden SG Arron Afflalo
Trevor Ariza SF Wilson Chandler
Donatas Motiejunas PF Kenneth Faried (out of doghouse?)
Dwight Howard C Timofey Mozgov
Notes
The Dream Shake (preview is up!) Blogs Denver Stiffs
Isaiah Canaan (left ankle sprain) Dwight Howard (right knee strain) and Kostas Papanikolaou (right knee strain) are QUESTIONABLE. Francisco Garcia (right calf/achilles strain) and Terrence Jones (left leg nerve inflammation) are OUT. Injuries JaVale McGee (leg), Randy Foye (quad) are out.
The Rockets are 87-83 all time vs the Nuggets.
Etc... The Nuggets are 50-33 against the Rockets in Denver.

Can you recall the last time you bought an overpriced pair of sneakers at Foot Locker? Me neither. But they are still in business and producing some pretty decent commercials, don't believe me? You be the judge, ya jerk!

There is one guy that wants you to know that Harden does play defense, and that's he's performing pretty well this season in Houston's system.

Everything in Houston seems to be rainbows and puppy dogs right now. If Dwight Howard can stay healthy, they'll be a beast the rest of the way. The Nuggets ... well, they are still needing to have individual meetings with disgruntled players, and trying to climb back to .500 in a brutal Western Conference.

Maybe the Nuggets will eventually realize their direction. But with players like Danilo Gallinari openly questioning why the team has no identity, it's not looking good for the immediate future of the Nuggets.

We'll see how this one plays out, as Gallo and Kenneth Faried are expected to play tonight ... we'll see which style the team goes with this evening.