Notebook: Harden likes Rockets' potential with Howard

Friday January 17th, 2014
Dwight Howard (left) and James Harden have the Rockets on pace for 52 victories this season.
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"We're still trying to figure out ways to play among each other," Harden said. "But I'm sure we'll figure it out. I haven't played with a big man as dominant and as athletic as Dwight. He draws so much attention under the basket. I like to get to the basket. I'm still trying to get adjusted to him being under the rim. Once I figure it out and we get it rolling, we're going to be a problem."

Lance Stephenson has been a force at both ends of the floor for Indiana.
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For a team that places a premium on continuity, re-signing Stephenson will be a top priority. It remains to be seen if it will get done.

Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has impressed the Bucks with his rapid development.
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"I have to live with some of his mistakes. He's 19 and this is a whole new experience for him. The reward will be there. This kid is in the game, and what better way to learn than to be in the game. We're committed to him being in the game and I'm committed to allowing him to grow and make mistakes. Long term, it's going to be great for this organization."

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