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Jalen Green has grown since his NBA debut against Anthony Edwards

Jalen Green first shared a court with Anthony Edwards as high schoolers at a Team USA basketball camp in 2017. The two guards later faced off at the 2018 Stephen Curry Select Camp, with highlights of their matchup going viral years before Edwards was chosen by Minnesota as the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and Green by Houston as the No. 2 pick a year later.

They met again for Green’s NBA debut in the Rockets’ season opener, a 124-106 loss to the Timberwolves at Target Center on Oct. 20. Green was overwhelmed by Minnesota’s physicality and shot just 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-6 from deep.

A rematch with the Timberwolves at Toyota Center on Sunday represents the halfway point in the Rockets’ season as well as a chance for Green — and the Rockets as a whole — to demonstrate 41 games’ worth of growth.

“The game has slowed down a lot for me, more than when we first played (Minnesota),” Green said. “I think we’re playing together more as a team, I think we have our rhythm, we know what we need to do.”

Green also has Edwards to look to as a template for progress.

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