Brooklyn And The Usefulness Of Pursuing Restricted Free Agents

There's no need to dance around the obvious - the Brooklyn Nets are a disaster and there's no clear path for them back to respectability anytime soon. They fired their head coach and their GM in the last few weeks, but they might as well be re-arranging deck chairs for all the good that it's going to do. The Nets are one of the worst teams in the league, they have no young talent...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Nets: Guide to rebuilding

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. How do the Brookyn Nets get to the finals? Sell, sell, sell. Two weeks ago the Nets cleaned house, and entering the All-Star break the organization has been surprisingly quiet. The team is reportedly focused on rebuilding its infrastructure, but it would be unwise for Brooklyn to disassociate itself from trade talks....
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Would Like To Deal Future Pick For Immediate Player

The Toronto Raptors have extra picks forthcoming from the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, but are unlikely to be able to use all of them since they already have many young players. The Raptors would like to upgrade at power forward or some help on the wing. "We already have so many young players," Ujiri said. "And those extra picks over the next two years -- we can't use all...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't Sleep On The Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have been playing their whole season on the verge. They have avoided falling into the abyss of mediocrity, but have also failed to match the brilliance they showed last season.It’s hard to believe the Rockets were below .500 only a few days ago. Any lineup strutting out James Harden, Dwight Howard, and Trevor Ariza should be in good shape. But alas, it is the...
Via The Sports Quotient
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Barton's dunk was so awesome his opponent high-fived his face

The Nuggets beat the Rockets on Monday, and it honestly may have been because Houston couldn't gain back any real-life form after Will Barton destroyed the entire team's—nay, the entire city's—collective soul.When Barton throws down on you this hard, just go home. You can't win, even if you score more points than the other team.Barton has been sneakily great coming off the Nuggets...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Power Rankings: A look at the best dunks of the season

In the previous two weeks, The Comeback NBA Power Rankings have taken a look at the best rookies and the best point guards in the league. This week, we decided to switch things up a little bit and check out the best dunks that have been thrown down so far this season. We’re only a little more than a quarter of the way through the year, but hoo boy, have there been some ridiculous...
Via The Comeback
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Barton nearly blows game, highlight jam with shoe-tossing tech

DENVERWill Barton had an impressive one-handed dunk. He also scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws.His most memorable moment, though, was a sneaker he tossed off the court that led to a late technical for delay.The incident almost unlaced the Denver Nuggets as they nearly blew a big lead before holding off the Houston Rockets 114-108 on Monday night."That's how...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Nuggets sweep season series with Rockets, now winners of four of last five

  DENVER — Behind 23 points off the bench from emerging Sixth Man of the Year contender Will Barton and 21 points from Gary Harris, the Denver Nuggets topped the Houston Rockets 114-108 to conclude a three-game regular season sweep of the Western Conference finalists from a year ago. A huge part of Denver’s win was Harris, who defended James Harden admirably, allowing the...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Harden chants Kobe's name, calls him 'modern Michael' in win over LA

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are certainly not where they want to be yet.However, they feel like they're getting close.They reached .500 on Saturday night with an easy 126-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers behind 30 points from James Harden.''We've come a long way,'' interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''We've got to give guys credit for accepting responsibility of where we...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Harden leads Rockets to lopsided 126-97 win over Lakers

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are certainly not where they want to be yet. However, they feel like they're getting close. They reached .500 on Saturday night with an easy 126-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers behind 30 points from James Harden. ''We've come a long way,'' interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''We've got to give guys credit for accepting responsibility of...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

NBAPA screens retired players for cardio problems

HOUSTON (AP) Matt Bullard was undergoing an echocardiogram and the thump of the 6-foot-10 former NBA player's heartbeat was so loud it muffled the booming baritone of his voice. Bullard was one of about 30 retired players who received free cardiovascular screenings on Saturday as part of an initiative started by the NBA Players Association and sponsored by both the NBA and the...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Rockets still have plenty of reasons for hope

It has been a season from hell for the Houston Rockets. A team expected to contend for a championship has been below .500 since Opening Night. They have already fired their head coach and even that hasn't really lit a fire under some of their players. Their main offseason acquisition has backfired spectacularly and there has been a litany of embarrassing losses. It has gotten to...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin McHale's dismissal more surprising than Rockets' slow start

Firing season is upon us with the Houston Rockets parting ways with Kevin McHale as head coach. Despite the team's poor start, the firing was slightly shocking given McHale's recent three-year extension and Houston's surprising run to the Western Conference Finals amid a slew of injuries to key rotation members. But the NBA, like most sports leagues, thrives off a "what have you...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: some new parts, many familiar patterns

It’s starting to look like deja vu all over again for the Houston Rockets. Last season they won 56 games and advanced to the Western Conference Finals while dealing with all sorts of injuries. Dwight Howard played in 41 games, Terrence Jones 33, Patrick Beverley 56 and Donatas Motiejunas 71 — they fought through it using mash units and an MVP-type season from James Harden. We’re...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas Won't Sign Extensions With Rockets

Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas are bypassing contract extensions with the Houston Rockets before the Nov. 2nd deadline. Neither side has had much movement in extension talks. Both Jones and Motiejunas will be restricted free agents, while the Rockets will be able to retain salary cap room. Jones and Motiejunas both figure to be highly coveted players in free agency.
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

Here's the next installment of our team-by-team season preview series on the Houston Rockets. 2014-15 Record: 56-26 Notable Acquisitions: Ty Lawson (Trade), Sam Dekker (Draft) Notable Departures: Josh Smith Temperature Check: The Rockets made what could turn out to be the move off the offseason when they dealt for the troubled Lawson. Always seeming to be missing a third piece...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Donatas Motiejunas be ready for the season opener?

Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas missed last season's playoff run with a back injury, and apparently the recovery from surgery has been a long and arduous one. Motiejunas still does not have a timetable set for his return from injury, but he was permitted to being on-court sprints as part of his rehabilitation. The Rockets are a little thin at power forward to start the...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Three questions the Rockets face heading into training camp

With training camp about to tip off, here’s what to watch for as your favorite team prepares for the 2015-16 season. Some of these questions will be answered quickly; others could linger into the regular season. Either way, here are three things that will define the first month of this new season: How will James Harden work with a more dominant point guard in Ty Lawson? There's...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Donatas Motiejunas won't be ready for Rockets training camp

Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas is in the conversation to be Houston's starting power forward next season, but it sounds like he won't be able to earn that spot early on in training camp.According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Motiejunas won't be physically cleared for the start of training camp.Motiejunas is still...
Via Fox Sports
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Rockets are interested in Carlos Boozer

The Houston Rockets have had a typically busy summer, but they may not be finished filling out their roster. One spot that could use a bit more depth is power forward, where the team may still look to replace Josh Smith despite Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas already being on board. Is Carlos Boozer the answer?Boozer is an atrocious defender but can still stretch defenses...
Via Fox Sports
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Rockets contend in more competitive Western Conference?

The Rockets inarguably improved their roster this summer, adding Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton and drafting two players who can potentially crack the rotation. All their youngsters should be even better, too. Donatas Motiejunas, Clint Capela and Terrence Jones still have plenty of room to grow. But is this enough to compete in a Western Conference that should be even tougher than...
Via Fox Sports
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Smith left the Rockets to take less money with Clippers

Josh Smith has spurned the Houston Rockets for the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston likely couldn't give him the minutes he wants with Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas already in the frontcourt. Adding insult to injury, Smith left Houston despite the Rockets reportedly offering him more money than the Clippers could.Adding to a theme that's run through free agency, Smith took...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Donatas Motiejunas' breakout season creates questions for the Rockets

The Houston Rockets made it all the way to the Western Conference finals without Donatas Motiejunas' help, and we'll never know how well they would've done if their starting power forward were healthy. But his emergence creates question marks regarding the decisions general manager Daryl Morey will make this summer. Will he sign an All-Star power forward? Or will he trust Motiejunas...
Via Fox Sports
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading every Rockets' 2014-15 season

The Houston Rockets had a fantastic 2014-15 season, and their run to the Western Conference finals was all the more impressive considering all the roster changes made from opening day until the trade deadline. Bleacher Report's Jake Lapin grades all the players who helped make Houston's season special, including power forward Donatas Motiejunas:"D-Mo is a much more crucial player...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas placed on the Lithuanian preliminary squad

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play internationally again, according to, the Lithuanian native, has spent previous years playing for his national team and was named a member of Lithuania's 25-man, preliminary roster this week. Other recognizable names on the list include Domantas Sabonis (Arvydas' son), Linas Kleiza and Donatas Motiejunas, though...
Via Fox Sports
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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