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Dwight Howard faces Lakers

Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles to face his former team the Lakers on Wednesday. Howard spent one season in L.A. before departing for the Rockets via free agency. Houston's big man is certain to hear plenty of boos tonight, but does SportsNation blame him for leaving Los Angeles? Vote below!

  • How will Dwight Howard perform in his first game against the Lakers in Los Angeles?

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  • Do you fault Dwight Howard for leaving the Lakers for the Rockets?

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  • What is your opinion of Dwight Howard?

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  • Where does Dwight Howard rank among the NBA's best players?

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  • How many championships will Dwight Howard win?

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  • How will the Rockets fare in the playoffs?

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Are Houston Rockets contenders?

If you ask most of SportsNation, there are three primary contenders for the NBA title: the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. But it's not unheard of for an unexpected champion to emerge, and one of those hopefuls plays Wednesday night on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET): the Houston Rockets. Entering their road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Howard, James Harden & Co. are jockeying for first-round home-court advantage with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. But do they have enough to be a real threat? Is Dwight Howard still a top player?

How will the Rockets fare in the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams is the biggest threat to the Thunder in the West?

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  • Is James Harden an elite player?

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  • Where does Dwight Howard rank among the NBA's best players?

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  • How many championships will Dwight Howard win?

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Howard to face Lakers as a Rocket

The hype surrounding Thursday's Lakers versus Rockets game has much more to do with last season's Dwight Howard-Lakers saga than what will happen in the first of four matchups this season between the two teams. Howard's former coach and teammates have been asked about his decision to leave Los Angeles for Houston -- leading Pau Gasol to say you have to "respect" his decision. What will happen when Howard faces his former team for the first time since signing with the Rockets?

Which team will win Thursday night's game in Houston?

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  • Dwight Howard is averaging 17.4 points and 14.6 rebounds per game. How will Howard fare against the Lakers?

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  • Where do Dwight Howard and James Harden rank among the best duos in the NBA?

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  • What is your opinion of Dwight Howard?

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  • How far will the Rockets advance this season?

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  • Will the Lakers make the playoffs?

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  • Dwight Howard said he'd like to fight in UFC one day. What kind of fighter would Howard be if he trained seriously for it?

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Dwight Howard goes off in debut

It looks like all Dwight Howard needed was a change of scenery. Coming off a disappointing season with the Lakers, Howard answered at least a few of his doubters with a 17-point, 26-rebound performance in his debut with the Rockets. Howard dismantled the Bobcats, leading his team to a 96-83 victory and looking like he and James Harden were born to play together, but will he keep it up over the full season?

  • Is Dwight Howard a legitimate MVP candidate this season?

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  • How far will the Rockets advance this season?

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  • Who will benefit more from their pairing on the Rockets?

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  • Who is the best center in the NBA?

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