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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!
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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?
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NBA second half predictions
Mathematically, the NBA passed its halfway mark some time ago. Unofficially, the second half of the season doesn't begin until after the All-Star break. And with that behind us, it's time to look ahead. Will the Indiana Pacers finally end the Miami Heat's reign as Eastern Conference champions? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with Russell Westbrook coming back Thursday, according to Kevin Durant -- rule the West and, ultimately, the league? Cast your votes below!
Manchester United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a further setback on Saturday when it was beaten at Stoke. The defeat was its eighth of the Premier League season and David Moyes' team now sits six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, having played a game more.
Daryl Morey has put together a Rockets team that could end up a dark-horse challenger for the NBA title, but even he has some regrets. Chief among them is his pick of Royce White in the first round of the 2012 draft. Morey told ClutchFans.net, a Rockets fan site, "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever.'' White hasn't played a game in the NBA, but he's been battling a severe anxiety disorder that has prevented him from continuing his career. Knowing that, Morey's comments might be seen as a case of piling on.
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