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If Josh Smith misses another game, the Atlanta Hawks will still have plenty of confidence in their offense as they open their trip.
That doesn't bode well for a Houston Rockets team giving up points - and giving the ball away - at an alarming rate.
Going for just its third win in Houston in 21 years, Atlanta will try to extend its winning streak to five on Monday night when these teams close out 2012 and their season series.
Without Smith - the team's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game - who aggravated a hip flexor in Friday's 102-94 victory at Cleveland, and Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (strained right hip), the short-handed Hawks (19-9) defeated Indiana 109-100 on Saturday.
"Guys scored some key points," said center Al Horford, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists despite playing with a right hip contusion. "We got stops when we needed to. That was a game where we got better.''
The Hawks would obv...
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Hawks coach Larry Drew said leading scorer Josh Smith has a strained right hip flexor and will not play against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Smith was injured on Friday in the Hawks' 102-94 victory at Cleveland. He is averaging 16.6 points. Smith's 8.2 rebounding average is second on the team behind center Al Horford.
Atlanta was without guards Devin Harris, who...
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Rockets rookie Royce White, who has struggled with mental health issues during his rookie season, is refusing to play in the D-League.
There have been reams and reams of words flying off the fingers of Royce White the last two months, but at this point the only thing that seems clear is that the Houston Rockets rookie forward remains unwilling to play for the team.
White on Sunday refused an assignment to the Rockets NBA Developmental League affiliate according to the Houston Chronicle, which also obtained a 463...
Al Horford believes the Atlanta Hawks are starting to tap into their potential.
Even with Josh Smith injured and unable to play, the Hawks still got some important baskets, rebounds and defensive stops from role players in a 109-100 over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
''I think it showed growth from our team being in a position where they made a run at us and we...
The Houston Rockets have assigned Royce White to their Developmental League team for the second time, and White reportedly has refused to go for the second time. White had been away from the team for six weeks because he and the Rockets could not agree on a plan to deal with his anxiety disorder. But White recently began working out with the team again and on Saturday was assigned...
HOUSTON - Carlos Delfino's vital role as a stabilizing force continues to pay dividends. The combination of a healthy Delfino plus superior ball-handling provided the Houston Rockets the foundation necessary to produce a 123-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Toyota Center. Delfino missed losses to the Spurs and Thunder with food poisoning. He returned with...
White was sent to the Rockets' D-League affiliate on Saturday, but he released a statement Sunday refusing to accept the assignment.
By JOAN NIESEN
MINNEAPOLIS The Timberwolves announced Monday that they signed forward Lazar Hayward to fill the open roster spot vacated when the team waived Josh Howard on Dec. 20.
Hayward will give the team more flexibility at small forward, where it is sorely lacking after Howard's ACL tear and Chase Budinger's meniscus tear.
Hayward was the 30th...
HOUSTON -- With their top two scorers sufficiently equipped to thrive at an accelerated pace, the Oklahoma City Thunder blitzed the game-weary Houston Rockets 124-94 on Saturday night at Toyota Center. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook posted 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while forward Kevin Durant added 26 points despite a 1-for-8 shooting start to pace Oklahoma City...