Almost two weeks ago, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale made a triumphant return to his home state.
Having cooled off a little since their longest win streak in four seasons, the Rockets will try to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves and former coach Rick Adelman again during the opener to a season-high, six-game road trip Saturday night.
McHale, a native of Hibbing, Minn. and a former star for the University of Minnesota, worked in various capacities for the Timberwolves after his retirement as a player following the 1992-93 season until he was fired as the team's coach after the 2008-09 campaign, his second stint in that role.
McHale returned to coaching when Houston hired him last June and had the team heading in the right direction for much of the past month following a 3-7 start. The Rockets (13-10) won seven straight, capped by a 107-92 victory at Target Center on Jan. 23, before splitting their last six games.
The Timberwolves dealt Houston one of those three losses, 120-10...