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Let's debate playoff implications of 3 marquee matchups for the Rockets this month

The Houston Rockets have been on a hot steak as of late until Monday night when they hit a speed bump losing to the New York Knicks. The Rockets have a chance to bounce back against the Clippers on Thursday, and also have games against the Lakers and Bucks later this month.

ESPN 97.5's John Granato, Raheel Ramzanali, and Lance Zierlein discuss how much fans should read into Houston's performances in these matchups against elite teams, and if the coaches will play things close to the vest in these regular season games.

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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gave an update on Lance McCullers this week and revealed that McCullers is no longer throwing off the mound.

Considering it's almost June and McCullers had a recent setback in his recovery, should fans expect to see McCullers at any point this season?

Plus, the Astros are first in team ERA despite all the injuries to the pitching staff. Which player do the Astros need more right now, Michael Brantley or McCullers?

Finally, should the Astros consider trading for some starting pitching based on the McCullers news?

Watch the video above to find out!

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