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NBA Sunday: Rockets in Miami looking to avoid 0-3 start

Monday, November 2, 2015 11:06:47 AM America/Los_Angeles

A look at the games of the National Basketball Association for Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, and what you should watch.

The Rockets are 0-2, having been blown out by the Nuggets at home and by their rival Warriors in embarrassing fashion at home. Houston is only two games into the season, but contenders aren't supposed to fall behind, especially not in the West where two games can be the difference between the 2-seed and the 6-seed. So you can expect Houston to get a little bit feisty when they meet the Heat. You've got Wade vs. Harden (who has been in struggle mode this year), and Howard vs. Whiteside, but this game is more about how much trouble the Rockets are in, and it's worth watching to see if they can respond.

The Celtics think they're ready to be a force in the East. The quants have them set for 50 wins, which seems absolutely insane for their talent level. The Raptors stomped a mudhole in them on Friday night, and now they host the silver and black. The Celtics will need a phenomenal defensive performance from their very defensively questionable frontcourt. Amir Johnson may have to play 45 minutes. The Spurs put a hurtin' on the Nets after going down double digits, but their performances have been very uneven. Let's see how they do with a gimme game, and if Boston's ready to crash the party.

The Magic are 0-2, but hung with the Wizards and pushed the Thunder to the very brink. They have better defensive chemistry and Victor Oladipo is starting to make a little bit of a jump. Aaron Gordon's ultra-athletic, Elfrid Patyon whips dimes, and rookie Mario Hezonja is must-watch materal. Oh, and Tobias Harris is averaging 23 points on 49 percent shooting. The Bulls have been very good but got bit by the Pistons. A hot start would turn worrisome with back-to-back losses to lesser Eastern teams. Magic have to find a win. Great dynamic for a game.

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