NBA: HOUSTON (10-9) at NEW JERSEY (9-10) <h3>Kidd set to return as Nets host Rockets</h3> <div class="pre">Houston (10-9) at New Jersey (9-10) 7:30 pm EST</div> EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - Jason Kidd missed justone game, but the firestorm it created has taken on a life ofits own. Kidd is set to return on Friday when the New Jersey Nets hostthe Houston Rockets. An eight-time All-Star, Kidd did not play in the Nets' 100-93loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday due to a migraineheadache. Not long after, reports surfaced that Kidd was using his"illness" as a ploy to demand a trade or a contract extension.The guard's absence did not go unnoticed by Knicks coach IsiahThomas. "You catch a team without Jason and you can see the type ofdifference he makes," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "We werefortunate enough to catch them on a night he wasn't playing.The Nets are definitely a different team without Kidd, and I'mglad we didn't have to see him tonight." Despite Kidd's impressive per-game averages (11.3 points, 8.7rebounds and 10.4 assists), the Nets have struggled to collectwin lately, going 5-9 after a 4-1 start. The Rockets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-92, on Wednesdaybehind Tracy McGrady's third career triple-double - and hisfirst with the Rockets - to break a two-game slide. McGrady had17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.