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Houston Rockets (30-39) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (40-29)
Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.
The Rockets return to action Sunday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center. Houston (30-39) heads into Sunday after a come from behind win in Oklahoma City Thursday against the Hornets. LeBron James and Co. host Boston Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena before heading to Houston for the Sunday matinee. Tip-off is 3:00 p.m.
Sunday’s game will be the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Rockets have taken the last five meetings against the Cavaliers, including a 90-81 win Jan. 5 at Cleveland. Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 34 points as the Rockets held the Cavs to 20 less points in that contest than Cleveland was averaging (102.1) coming into the game.
McGrady will be out of action Sunday, but Yao Ming will be in uniform for the Rockets. Yao missed the first meeting this season and it showed as Cavs’ big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas picked up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
While Zydrunas might be more limited Sunday, Cavs' superstar LeBron James should probably have more room to operate with McGrady sidelined. James wasn’t exactly shut down last time out as he put up 32 points in the loss.
Keith Bogans will likely draw the daunting task of taking on James so expect most of his energy to be deployed at the defensive end of the floor. Despite entering Sunday slightly short-handed, the Rockets will be without McGrady and David Wesley, Houston has plenty in its favor.
The Rockets have never lost to Cleveland at Toyota Center (2-0) and the Cavaliers are not setting the league on fire away from Quicken Loans Arena this season. Cleveland is just 14-19 on the road this season and more importantly, 3-10 against the Western Conference away from home.