Phew – After a scare during the Memphis game in which James Harden knocked knees with Quincy Pondexter and dropped to the floor like a shotgunned deer, he was back in practice on Sunday. About the injury he explained:
It was a sting in the beginning when I first hurt it, but I iced it and got treatment on it, and it’s good.
Make It So – Matt Moore of CBS Sports explains (with video) how one play from the Houston-Memphis game is a microcosm of how the Dwight Howard-Omer Asik pairing should work on defense. In short, by the time post players get around Asik, Dwight will be there to send their shots back at them.
End of the Line – Per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, it looks like Marcus Camby is on the way out, at least for now.
Rockets will waive center Marcus Camby on Monday, source said. Camby has been unable to come back so far from torn plantar fascia tissue.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 27, 2013
I had high hopes that Camby (born 1974) would be able to anchor the defense for ten minutes per night in the event that Asik was traded, but Father Time has claimed another victim.
The Question – Jonathan Feigen posted a somewhat open-ended column listing the top ten inside-out teammates of all time. It doesn’t break down each combo in direct comparison to Houston’s duo, but it creates an interesting jumping off point for discussion: are Howard and Harden on that level? Right now it’s hard to say “yes,” simply because Howard and Harden haven’t won a single regular-season game together. All of the teammates on the list have the benefit of championship rings and hindsight, but Harden and Howard have the talent. Winning will determine whether they join the ranks of Russell-Cousy, or whether they will be remembered alongside Payton-Kemp, McGrady-Yao, and questions about what could have been.
Shameless Self-Promotion – Each week I’ll be writing “DwightLife,” a column chronicling Dwight’s first season as a Rocket. The first installment was on Sunday, examining words that Superman said on draft day that still haunt his career. I hope you enjoy it.
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