Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/14/12
10 a.m. ET: When the Celtics last took the floor against a Texas opponent, they played 10 minutes of free basketball. After a day off from practice to recover from that tough win over the Mavericks, the Celtics hope for a much shorter, much easier victory over the Rockets. Houston is led by James Harden, who came over from Oklahoma City in a late preseason trade and has become unquestionably the Rockets’ best player. Along with point guard Jeremy Lin and small forward Chandler Parsons, Harden has helped make the up-tempo Rockets a headache to play against. Omer Asik, another offseason acquisition, has tried to wipe out most of the defensive mistakes of his star backcourt, but so far the results have been mixed. Asik’s top task against the Celtics will be to slow Kevin Garnett. Join us for updates and analysis during the game, which tips off at 8 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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