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Fans Are a Part of the Action and Really HelpAfter the Rockets comeback win over the Lakers at Toyota Center Tuesday night the players were quick to point out the atmosphere and fan support really helped them in grabbing the win. We have heard that before, but Goran Dragic emphasized the help the fans gave the team when interviewed by Bart Enis on Fox Sports Houston after the game.There is nothing like fan support to get the adrenaline flowing when the legs are starting to get tired and minds weary as a team faces a team as good as the Lakers trailing by 17 points in the second half.Certainly it was the players and not anyone sitting in the stands that made the comeback turn into a 107-104 victory, but all that noise and support certainly helped.The Rockets, like many teams in the NBA, are not playing before full houses every night. Sometimes the atmosphere is hardly up beat. That is just life in professional sports. As in baseball there are a lot of games over a lot of nights. It wears down the fans just as it does the players.When the match up is right, however, it doesnt matter if it is a mid week game or not. The fans recognize something is special. On Tuesday night the players did to, thanks in large part to those fans.Everyone knows Koby Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol of the Lakers. They have been part of champions. Stars sell tickets. Most of the time stars win games. Sometimes they sell tickets but dont win. Tuesday was one of those.Few except Rocket loyalists know much about Courtney Lee or Goran Dragic. More know about them today. Attendance was up and no doubt so were TV ratings. Lee and Dragic starred in the Rocket win.Lee scored 23 points and Dragic added 16 including a big three pointer late in the contest that gave a Rockets a workable lead. He also passed for 13 assists. Pretty good for the two backups at their positions. Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, the starters at the two guard spots, were out of the lineup with injury or illness.Rocket fans entered this season with a show me attitude. The club was bereft of established star players and while it might have been a contender to make the playoffs did not figure to be one of the best teams in the league. The team is still in the same place. While making the playoffs is still the goal it is to the teams credit they are in the hunt with all the injuries and mental anguish some players have had to deal with as a result of trade rumors or trades that did not go through. Now, with the trading deadline over the club will have stability down the stretch. Tuesdays win was a great way to start that stretch.Astros Need Some of the SameThe Astros are in that anguish stageat least the first of them as spring training winds down. Already last years starting catcher Humberto Quintero and one of last seasons best players, outfielder Jason Bourgeois, have been traded. A lefty pitcher and what is hoped will be a significant player to be named later are heading to Houston. But things are not done yet. More roster cuts and possibly more trades are in the future for the next two weeks.With a young club in which not much is expected nothing will be stable for many players. Todays starting (fill in the position) may be tomorrows trade bait. Until the Astros become a winning club and a contending club there will be a lot of change.The difference between the Rockets and Astros is that the Rockets by virtue of being in the NBA with far more playoff teams can make the post season by playing in the neighborhood of .500. The Astros, even with an extra wild card spot in play, will have to be considerably better than that. Odds are stacked against them. But they will still have big games at Minute Maid Park. When the World Champion Cardinals and Lance Berkman come to down the atmosphere will be different than when the Pirates are in.There will be chances for that adrenaline rush to return and pitchers to have that extra oomph on their fast balls, base runners to have that extra step and hitters have quicker hands and more strength behind their swing. That is when we will have special nights at Minute Maid Parkjust as Rocket fans experienced at Toyota Center on Tuesday.
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HOUSTON There is no if.
This was Yao Ming at his philosophical finest; part Yoda, part Neo. In his first appearance at Toyota Center since his fragile feet forced his premature retirement last summer, Yao was bombarded was questions from media seeking to unearth any residual bitterness in his disposition.
The statement was profound the first time Yao uttered it in response, yet...
In a move widely expected ever since they acquired Derek Fisher last week, the Houston Rockets have agreed to a buyout with the 37-year-old guard.
The Los Angeles Lakers shipped Fisher to Houston just before the NBA’s trade deadline last week along with a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, in exchange for forward Jordan Hill. While the Rockets are thin at point guard with...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Even Kobe Bryant was impressed by Goran Dragic on Wednesday night, giving the Houston point guard a quick hug at midcourt after the Rockets rallied to beat the Lakers.
Dragic hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and finished with 16 points and 13 assists in the Rockets' 107-104 comeback victory.
Down by nine with 5 minutes left, the Rockets had a...
HOUSTON The issues continue to roll off the Lakers' collective backs like water through the rocks of a tranquil stream. This group seems impervious to concerns even when they are pressing and legitimate.
The shorthanded Rockets, absent their starting backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, shredded the Lakers' defense in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night at Toyota Center...
HOUSTON, March 20 – Let’s not even lie. Our thoughts fast forwarded IMMDEIATLY to this game when Derek Fisher was traded from the Lakers to the Rockets last week.
After Fisher’s no-show and eventual buy-out, it was not to be. But there was plenty of napalm to go around towards the end of this one.
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OKC IS OK WITH HIM
Reports say that Derek Fisher was spotted at the Oklahoma City airport and is in town to finalize a deal with the team.
The Derek Fisher rumor mill has started churning and it appears the soon-to-be free agent guard isn’t wasting any time finding a new home.
Fisher has agreed to a buyout with the Houston Rockets, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. Per league rules, he is then free to sign with any team in the NBA, other than the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers sent...
Derek Fisher is likely to sign with Oklahoma City once he clears waivers on Wednesday evening.
Veteran point guard Derek Fisher was a no-show to his new team after the Lakers dealt him to the Houston Rockets March 15th, prompting the Rockets to buy out his contract. Apparently Fisher has quickly found a new home in the Western Conference, agreeing to terms to join the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder: Fisher is scheduled to [...]
Derek Fisher is in Oklahoma City finalizing a contract with the Thunder for the remainder of the season.
Derek Fisher is not a starting PG in the NBA anymore, and the masquerading around as such that he did in LA this past season was painful to watch at times. But, he is still an extremely valuable NBA back-up I think, especially for a contending team. The Oklahoma City Thunder appear to agree with that assessment, and reports out of OKC are that they're close to inking a deal with...
The Heat and Thunder are the early candidates to sign Derek Fisher once he clears waivers.
If my prediction holds up, and of course I believe in myself, the Western Conference finals will feature the Lakers going up against the OKC Thunder. And, if that happens, the thought that Derek Fisher could be signing there is HUGE!! It’s being reported that the veteran guard was spotted at Will Rogers World Airport – That’s [...]
Goran Dragic had 17 points and nine assists, rookie Chandler Parsons had 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat Golden State 109-83 on Thursday night.
Luis Scola scored 18 and Samuel Dalembert added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who dominated the Warriors inside, outrebounding Golden State 48-31 and scoring 58 points in the paint.