• There was a chance Charlotte Bobcats forward Byron Mullens could have been activated for the Rockets game, but hell put that off at least until Monday in Miami. Mullens has been out over a month with a severely sprained left ankle. He fully practiced Friday and should get the chance to practice again Sunday in Miami.
• Houston Rockets guard James Harden is as good as anyone in the NBA at getting to the foul line, as he demonstrated with 10 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter comeback in Charlotte.
Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap attributes that in part to Hardens remarkably strong forearms. Hell hold out the ball on drives, daring the defense to rake down for steals. Harden seldom loses the ball, and hears a lot of whistles.
• Former Clemson star Greg Buckner is the Houston Rockets player-development coach. I cant imagine someone better suited to teaching young NBA players good work habits. Buckner got more out of an undersized body and limited skill set than just about anyone Ive seen. You know that expression, Fight in the dog, over dog in the fight? Buckner defined it.
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