Steve Clifford

So far, so good for Rockets and Wolves, but not for Thunder

Houston, Minnesota and Oklahoma City were the three Western Conference teams that loaded up for runs at Golden State in the summer.

So far, so good for the Rockets and Timberwolves.

"They're good. Both of those teams are really good," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said.

So is Boston, which also made big changes over the summer and is an NBA-best 9-2 with nine straight victories despite losing Gordon Hayward for the season in its opener.

The Thunder are going to need a little longer.

The Rockets (8-3) are tied with the Warriors atop the West, with the Wolves (7-3) just a half-game back and riding their first five-game winning streak since early...

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