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Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn’t surprised at the year Phoenix guard Goran Dragic is having. Dragic, who is averaging 20.1 points per game for the Suns this season, played for the Rockets two seasons ago, in McHale’s first year coaching the team. “I saw Goran do the same things for 20 games or whatever it was when Kyle Lowry was hurt when he was here with us,” McHale said. “It was very impressive. I have seen him do it before and (Phoenix coach Jeff) Hornacek has opened it up for him. He runs up and down the floor. He attacks. He is just a clever guy with the ball. He is a very good basketball player. I think that he has been for awhile.” Houston Chronicle

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It was business as usual for McHale, who has been away from the team for a week due to the Dec. 10 death of his mother Josephine in Minnesota. McHale came in with a list of things to practice, went over his thoughts about the last two games, and worked on getting the Rockets prepared to host Chicago on Wednesday night. “It’s nice to be back,” McHale said. His players agreed. Guard Pat Beverley said the team missed having McHale on the sideline. “It was good to see his face. Definitely missed him,” Beverley said. “I’m glad he is back, and he came right in talking about the game from his point of view, which is good for this team.” Houston Chronicle

Parsons said McHale seemed to be in good spirits Tuesday and the team would try to keep it that way. He said even though the Rockets did everything the same way under assistant coach Kelvin Sampson while McHale was away, the team now is more complete. “Not much changed with our system or principles, but not having his voice, his face, over there makes a big difference, so I am glad to have him back,” Parsons said. “As players, we are going to do whatever we can to make him feel comfortable at home and continue to play hard and try to win games for him.” Houston Chronicle

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Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale rejoined the team Tuesday, leading practice this afternoon after being away from the club the past week due to the passing of his mother. NBA.com

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Josephine McHale, the mother of Houston Rockets' coach Kevin McHale, died Tuesday night in Hibbing at age 86. McHale, the former Timberwolves coach and executive, has left the Rockets to return to Minnesota for her funeral. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Josephine McHale is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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With Howard on the floor, the Rockets average 98.03 possessions per 48 minutes and, with Howard on the bench, the Rockets average 100.67 possessions per 48 minutes – not a huge dropoff at all. Last season, McHale went on a classic rant about how difficult it is to play at a fast pace for 48 minutes, essentially saying players say they want to run but when it comes down to it, running at a high pace isn't so easy. "We're trying to maintain our pace the best we can," McHale said. "It fluctuates like everything else." USA Today Sports

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Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

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Kevin McHale watched last summer as his friend, Danny Ainge, brought the curtain down on the Celtics’ latest championship era, trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. The Rockets coach couldn’t help but think back more than 20 years to a time when he was nearly the Celtics Hall of Famer-to-be sent packing. Involved sources confirmed again yesterday that the deal was never at the take-it-or-leave-it stage, but there was interest on both sides in a late 1989 move that would have shipped McHale to Dallas for a package that included Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. The teams were at the point where they realized they would need to expand the transaction to satisfy NBA salary cap rules, but that issue was rendered moot when Red Auerbach voiced his opinion and the Celts backed off. Boston Herald

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