A glance at the Houston Rockets’ schedule for the week of February 19 through February 25

Just two games this week, and not even until Thursday, against the lowly Pelicans and Timberwolves.  I’d have felt comfortable back in December already tallying these two into the win column ahead of time, but with the Rockets’ shaky play since January, no game is safe.  Wednesday’s loss to the Heat doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. I mistakenly referred to Charlotte...
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1 day ago

James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

Playing the best basketball of his life for the Houston Rockets this season, James Harden is quite confident in his abilities on the court. So confident, in fact, that he believes he’s the best basketball player in the world right now.Speaking with TIME magazine, Harden listed off the reasons why he believes nobody can touch him in this regard in response to the question, “Are...
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Celebrities and athletes take three pointers to raise $500k for the Sager Strong Foundation

Most All-Star experiences in sports are lackluster. Whether it is the way the weekend is set up or the lack of athlete enthusiasm, most of them stink. The NBA is the one exception to this rule.The three-point contest and the dunk competition are both fun, while at the same time showing off the player’s skills. Each year, they try to add something different to make it exciting.With...
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Rockets' Eric Gordon wins 3-Point Contest as Klay Thompson fails to make finals

Eric Gordon is a big part of the Houston Rockets having made 420 more 3-pointers than the next closest team, so we should have seen this coming. On Saturday night in New Orleans, Gordon showed off his long-range accuracy by beating Kyrie Irving in the 2017 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. Gordon and Irving tied in the three-person finals with scores of 20 — despite Gordon entering...
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2 days ago

James Harden doesn't get 'what is going on' with Durant, Westbrook feud

James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12.Now, they rejoin one another with two of them in the midst of a major feud.Once considered close...
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The Rockets could use a minor deal before the deadline

The Rockets have some questions about their depth as we move towards the trade deadline. The Rockets have won 40 games before the trade deadline. They’re currently on pace for 57 wins for the season, which would be the most in a year since the Clutch City days. So it feels a little strange saying this, but the Rockets need to make a deal before the trading deadline. Wednesday...
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3 days ago

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 33: Rockets head to the All-Star break

Ryan and Ethan discuss what it means to “lop off” a piece of skin while pushing down trash. We’re looking at you, Ryan Anderson. The Dream Shake Podcast: Episode No. 33 Hosts: Ryan Dunsmore and Ethan Rothstein It’s officially the All-Star break. The Rockets are 40-18, don’t play again for almost a week, so it’s time to take stock of the team and get ready for the...
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3 days ago

Houston Rockets 2016-2017 All-Star Break lineup data – Part 2

I looked at league-wide lineup data yesterday, finding that, to no one’s surprise, several of Houston’s five-man units ranked among the best in the league.  What was interesting, however, was that certain players seemed interchangeable among the top lineups.  So I decided to dive in this morning on Houston’s intra-team lineup data. For lineups with at least 100 minutes played...
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4 days ago

Whiteside helps Heat beat Rockets 117-109

HOUSTON (AP) Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Wednesday night. Dion Waiters added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Goran Dragic had 21 points for the Heat, who ended a two-game skid that followed a 13-game win streak. Miami got back to winning by defeating the same team where that...
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James Harden roasts Stephen A. Smith for missing shots, tweets “stick to your day job”

While “You never played the game” typically isn’t a good criticism of journalists, there’s a big difference between the athletic skills of a professional athlete and those of most journalists. Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden proved that Tuesday, tweeting a video of him passing to ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith and Smith trying in vain to make open three-pointers...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Anderson injures himself by taking out the garbage

Occasionally, a pro athlete is in the news for getting injured because they did something so inane that everyone does thousands of times without even thinking they could get hurt. For Rockets power forward Ryan Anderson, he got hurt by taking out the garbage.Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that Anderson “lopped off” skin as he pushed down the trash in his trash...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Heat, Raptors ‘have expressed interest’ in Serge Ibaka

The Serge Ibaka trade rumors aren’t going away, folks. If anything, they’re only going to continue heating up until the February 23 trade deadline.The latest news on this front comes to us by way of ESPN’s Marc Stein, who reports there are two Eastern Conference teams looking at potentially landing Ibaka in a trade before the deadline.“Sources say that Toronto and Miami are...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden has his way, Rockets blow out shorthanded Suns

HOUSTON -- After not reaching 40 wins until April 11 last year, the Houston Rockets feel pretty good about where they're at this season after picking up their 40th victory Saturday night. However, they still have plenty of work to do to get to where they want to be. James Harden scored 40 points in three quarters and the Rockets never trailed in a 133-102 victory over the short-handed...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden's 40 leads Rockets over Suns 133-102

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 40 points in three quarters and the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 133-102 victory over the short-handed Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Houston led by 26 at halftime and opened the second half with a 14-3 run, led by six points from Harden, to make it 91-54 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Harden made three 3-pointers in the third...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hakeem Olajuwon on being honored for Houston Rockets 50th Anniversary Hakeem Olajuwon talks to the media before the Houston Rockets game against the Orlando Magic on 2/7/2017. Olajuwon is being honored by the team during the game for the organization's 50th anniversary.
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Tim Hardaway Jr flushes Rockets with huge dunk in comeback win

Tim Hardaway Jr led the Atlanta Hawks back in the 4th quarter on Thursday night against Houston as he caught fire and scored 23 of his career high 33 in the fourth quarter. The Hawks and Hardaway were down by as many as 20 points late in the game before Hardaway took over. Check out this slam as Hardaway throws it down in traffic….. Dwight Howard added 24 points and 23 rebounds...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

D’Antoni calls out Rockets for ‘soft’ defense

The Houston Rockets are 35-15, but that doesn’t mean head coach Mike D’Antoni is happy with every aspect of their play.D’Antoni called out the Rockets’ defensive effort after a 123-118 win over Philadelphia, saying it needs to get better.“Defensively, we’re soft sometimes, just soft,” D’Antoni said, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “Soft on switches...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Houston Rockets start Montrezl Harrell or Clint Capela?

The return of Clint Capela to the Houston Rockets’ starting offense has gone… shaky, at best. In the past six games, the Rockets have lost four with Capela averaging 16.5 minutes per game. Both wins were with Capela playing less than 16 minutes. It begs the question, are the Rockets better off without Clint Capela in their starting lineup? In the 15 games Capela missed to injury...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ty Lawson compares ref to cartoon character

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t the only Sacramento King going after referees.In a post to his Instagram account on Sunday, Kings guard Ty Lawson appeared to compare NBA official Michael Smith to a character from the animated TV show SpongeBob Squarepants. The above character was featured in a Season 3 episode of the series as an out-of-touch old man mistaken by the citizens of Bikini Bottom...
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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