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The Rockets Daily – November 25, 2014

Misery Loves Company – James Harden is out Monday night with a sore left foot, according to ESPN:

Harden missed Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and will sit out their following game Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies before being re-evaluated.

The soreness in Harden’s left foot has been troubling him to various degrees since the middle of training camp, according to sources.

The good news for Rockets fans is that he’s not in the same boat as Marc Gasol, Andre Iguodala or Derrick Rose, who are all out indefinitely. For fans of excellent basketball, it’s just all bad news.

Sportsmanship - And then there’s this from ESPN Dallas:

A few hours after Dwight Howard selected the Rockets over Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks and other suitors, Morey sent Cuban a text message asking about his willingness to trade Dirk Nowitzki.

There obviously was no way the Mavs would deal Nowitzki, who has a no-trade clause in his contract and has vowed to finish his career in Dallas. This seemed to be a case of Morey rubbing the Rockets’ win in the recruiting battle for Howard in Cuban’s face.

Cuban told the story after Houston lost to Dallas last week, and then twisted the knife.

“They were bad for so long, it wasn’t really there, other than that one playoff year,” Cuban said of a rivalry with the Rockets. “But now they’ve got good people. I think there’s more of a rivalry building.

“It’s still early in the season for that. But now that we’ve played them two times, we can help them sell tickets next time. I think they need a little help.”

If the fact that two extremely accomplished intelligent men still trade barbs like 14-year-olds doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, then. . . okay.

The Katana – Scott Rafferty at Hardwood Paroxysm looks into the reasons why Terrence Jones has been effective, which include his ability to cut to the basket. On a related subject, Terrence Jones needs a nickname. Somebody call Bill Worrell and tell him to start referring to Jones as “The Katana,” because he is just so good at cutting.

Good On Ya – First I saw this tweet from Donatas Motiejunas:

Then this one:


Then this one from Chandler Parsons:

Now bring us home, James Harden:


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About the author: John Eby got on the Rockets bandwagon in 1994 and never got off. He is a public relations guy and recovering TV journalist living in South Carolina.