Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks – January 25, 2012 7:00PM

The gist: The Bucks are currently sitting at ninth in the East and badly need to bolster their 2-8 road record. Prior to this game, they failed to register a win despite the bench producing 44 points in a 97-92 loss to the Hawks.

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Rapid Reaction: Rockets 107, Timberwolves 92

Our grades from tonight’s win.

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The Psychology of Greatness

As I write this, the Houston Rockets are on a six-game winning streak and are entering an eight-game stretch in which they should be at least even odds to win every night; they currently occupy the 8th seed in the playoff standings.  Barring some catastrophic injury, I fully expect them to make the postseason.

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Why, against my better judgment, I’m excited about this team

It’s a strange thing to care about something that doesn’t have anything to do with you personally, to live for a city or a song, a book or an artist’s work, to love something that can never reciprocate. But we do it. We do it because even though we know none of it really matters, it does matter. It matters because we’ve decided that this thing, whatever it is, is important to us.

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Houston Rockets @ Minnesota Timberwolves – January 23, 2012 7:00PM

The gist: The T’Wolves dropped a 108-98 decision at the Energy Solutions Arena a day after escaping  Staples Center with a 101-98 win thanks to back-to-back triples from Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. They host the Rockets, who are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the longest active winning streak at six games. Their six consecutive wins is also their longest in four years.

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