01-04-2013, 05:09 PM
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Game 31, Bucks vs Rockets, Bradley Center
Bucks (16-14) vs. Houston Rockets (18-14).
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: BMO Harris Bradley Center.
BROADCASTS: TV - FS Wisconsin. Radio - AM-620.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: Houston is a much different looking team than the one the Bucks played last January. The Rockets signed free agents Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik during the off-season and traded with Oklahoma City to obtain James Harden on Oct. 27. Harden scored 82 points in his first two games with the Rockets, the most by a player in his first two games with a team in NBA history. Houston also features a potent bench including former Bucks forward Carlos Delfino, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Toney Douglas. Delfino returned from two days lost to food poisoning and had a season-high 22 points and eight assists in the Rockets' 123-104 victory over Atlanta on Monday. Former Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson is the top assistant to Rockets coach Kevin McHale and led the team in 13 games while McHale was with his family. McHale's daughter, Sasha, died at age 23 in November after a battle with lupus.
PROBABLE ROCKETS STARTERS
G James Harden, 6-5, Arizona State
G Jeremy Lin, 6-3, Harvard
F Chandler Parsons, 6-9, Florida
F Marcus Morris, 6-9, Kansas
C Omer Asik, 7-0, Turkey
Coach: Kevin McHale (second season, 52-46; fourth overall, 91-101).
Injury report: None.
PROBABLE BUCKS STARTERS
G Monta Ellis, 6-3, Lanier (Miss.)
G B. Jennings, 6-1, Oak Hill (Va.)
F Marquis Daniels, 6-6, Auburn
F Luc Mbah a Moute, 6-8, UCLA
C Larry Sanders, 6-11, VCU
Coach: Scott Skiles (fifth season, 162-180; 13th overall, 443-431).
Injury report: Beno Udrih (right ankle sprain) is day to day.