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First Round Preview: Rockets(4) Vs Trail Blazers(5)

When both teams have the same record, you need to look at different parameters to decide which team is going to take it home. Houston Rockets: Pros and Cons James Harden: He averaged 25.4 PPG this season(5th on scoring leaders) and managed to record a career high of 6.1 APG. Harden has emerged as a ... The post First Round Preview: Rockets(4) Vs Trail Blazers(5) appeared first on The League News.
Via The League News
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews: Rockets, Trail Blazers, Clippers, and Warriors

This is the final part of the Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews, a four-part series looking at the weaknesses of every team in the 2013-14 NBA playoff bracket. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. Houston Rockets Unlike truly elite teams, the Rockets have the potential to give up 130 points in one night to a lowly team like the Lakers. Unlike truly elite...
Via The Sports Post
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Here’s eleven-and-a-half minutes of James Harden playing atrocious defense (video)

James Harden, while a deadly offensive threat anytime he touches the ball, isn’t the strongest defensive player. In fact, the Houston Rockets scoring machine is a flat-out atrocious, careless and uninterested defender, as evidenced by this wonderfully delightful — or for lovers of fundamental basketball, shameful — video highlighting how Harden freelances, stands still and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 NBA playoffs: Previewing Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

Rip City vs. Clutch City The Portland Trail Blazers are returning to the NBA playoffs, and their first-round matchup will be against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. No. 5 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets Portland (54-28), Houston (54-28) Game 1: Sunday, April 20 6:30 PM PT | TNT/KGW Regular Season Series D12 or L.A.? Who will thrive in Round...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: James Harden doesn’t give a damn about defense

Tweet James Harden is easily one of the NBA’s best scorers. He’s capable of hanging 25+ on an opposing defense at any time. But when it comes to his own defense, Harden might be one of the laziest defenders in the league. Check out this lowlight reel assembled by Youtube user How U with a collection of some of Harden’s worst defensive possessions from the 2013-2014 season...
Via Los That Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston’s Harden might want to learn defense before the postseason begins

Rocket’s James Harden is one prolific scorer in the NBA. He can drive to the rim, nail the outside shot and put up huge numbers any given night. And with the postseason about to begin this weekend, the Rockets will need his offensive firepower and hopefully, he will learn to play defense very quick. Check out James and his not-so-great defensive chops throughout the 2013-14 regular...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston’s Harden might want to learn defense before the postseason begins

Rocket’s James Harden is one prolific scorer in the NBA. He can drive to the rim, nail the outside shot and put up huge numbers any given night. And with the postseason about to begin this weekend, the Rockets will need his offensive firepower and hopefully, he will learn to play defense very quick. Check out James and his not-so-great defensive chops throughout the 2013-14 regular...
Via Crossover Chronicles
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Van Gundy Picks Rockets To Win Finals Over Pacers

Jeff Van Gundy is known for making outlandish statements, so this comes as no surprise. The Houston Rockets rank second in points per game at 107.6, but they’re in the bottom ten in giving up points. They give up 103.1 points a game. Despite their defensive woes, Van Gundy believes James Harden and Dwight Howard will bring Houston their first championship in nearly 20 years. ...
Via BlackSportsOnline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights of James Harden 'playing defense' are amazing

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is one of the most explosive offensive players in the NBA. The 24-year-old, two-time All-Star averaged 25.4 points and 6.1 assists per game during the 2013-14 regular season. Simply put, he’s one of the toughest covers in the NBA and drives opposing defenders nuts with his ability to get to the rim and hit long jumpers. With all of that said,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden 2013-14 defensive lowlight reel

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is an accomplished offensive player. He is one of the best pure scorers in the league with his ability to get to the free throw line and efficiently shoot the perimeter jumper. Where Harden has been criticized this season has been his play on the defensive end. A video lowlight reel of all his worst defensive decisions for the 2013-14 season has...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden: Money Was The Reason I Left The Thunder (Video)

I can appreciate James Harden’s honesty about the situation. The Houston Rockets shooting guard admitted he gets asked at least once a day, why he’s no longer a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In an interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden opened up about the scenario that ended with him being traded to the Rockets.   Harden said that Thunder GM Sam Presti told him he...
Via Thacover2
2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden: Money Was The Reason I Left The Thunder (Video)

I can appreciate James Harden’s honesty about the situation. The Houston Rockets shooting guard admitted he gets asked at least once a day, why he’s no longer a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In an interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden opened up about the scenario that ended with him being traded to the Rockets.   Harden said that Thunder GM Sam Presti told him he...
Via BlackSportsOnline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden Says He Wouldn’t Shave His Beard For $5 Million (Video)

Houston Rockets star shooting guard James Harden sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his decision to join the Rockets and the beginning of his affinity with the beard. During the sit down interview, Storm asked Harden how much money he’d have to be paid to shave his famous beard.   Harden, told Storm he’d turn down $5 million to shave his beard right now. Harden told...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden Says He Wouldn’t Shave His Beard For $5M (Video)

Houston Rockets star shooting guard James Harden sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his decision to join the Rockets and the beginning of his affinity with the beard. During the sit down interview, Storm asked Harden how much money he’d have to be paid to shave his famous beard.   Harden, told Storm he’d turn down $5 million to shave his beard right now. Harden told...
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before turning down a contract extension offer and subsequently being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012. “I thought we were going to be together forever," Harden said in a sit down interview. "Russell Westbrook. James Harden. Kevin Durant. When asked whether he would...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Treating ankle in Houston, Harden to sit out season-finale

With the start of the playoffs just days away, Rockets guard James Harden remained in Houston for treatment on his sore right ankle. He has been dealing with soreness in the ankle throughout much of the season and it is not considered a reason for concern, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he had planned to sit out Harden whenever the Rockets clinched homecourt advantage in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden: I wouldn't shave my beard for $1 million

It's hard to imagine what Houston Rockets guard James Harden would look like without his signature beard. He hasn't had a clean-shaven face since in college days at Arizona State. Since 2009, Harden's beard as continued to grow as big as his career in the NBA. But what would it take for him to cut it off? A million dollars? Five million? "No," Harden told ESPN...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers win 'best game of the year in the NBA' vs. Golden State Warriors to lock playoff date with Houston Rockets

Forget, for a moment, about the playoffs. Ignore the looming matchup with the Houston Rockets and stop wondering if the Trail Blazers can slow James Harden, stop Dwight Howard, and end their first-round postseason drought. Instead, take a little bit of time to savor the Blazers’ 119-117 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, because the always-entertaining...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Lakers Lose Two More

The Lakers lost for the fifth straight game with a 145-130 reversal at home to Houston on Tuesday. Terrence Jones and James Harden each scored 33. The later got 18 of those points in the very productive third quarter for the Rockets, as well as dishing out 12 assists in the game. Omer Asik and off the bench Donatas Motiejunas also contributed to the visitors success with 15 rebounds...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets take Pelicans down in 4th quarter

After two straight losses on the road, the Rockets were looking for a bounce back win when they hosted New Orleans on Saturday night. That wouldn’t come easily, however, as the Rockets required late-game heroics to pull out a 111-104 win at Toyota Center. A couple of Pat Beverley 3-pointers, a Jeremy Lin layup and steal and clutch free throws by James Harden in the final minute...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden leads Rockets over Pelicans 111-104

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 33 points and 13 assists and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 111-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night to maintain their spot in the Western Conference standings with the postseason just days away.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting Portland Trail Blazers’ seed in 2014 NBA playoffs

How High Can They Climb? At this point in the NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers are fighting for home-court advantage in the 2014 playoffs. The team hasn’t been to the postseason since 2011, and the question is: Do they need home-court advantage to make the second round for the first time since 2000? As of April 10 at 12:00 a.m. PT, here’s how the standings look in the...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets sent out Championship Pursuit game

We’re coming down the home stretch of the NBA regular season. Playoffs will soon be upon us, and the postseason awards debate has already been in full swing for a couple months. The Houston Rockets have been on the attack in trying to get the awards voters on their players’ and personnel’s side. They have already sent out Dwight Howard and James Harden packages to the media...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets rally for 130-125 OT win over Denver

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 32 points and Chandler Parsons scored eight points in overtime to lift the Houston Rockets to a 130-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Serge Ibaka Denies James Harden Dunk Attempt (Video)

Try as he might, James Harden was not getting any cornbread on this night, after Serge Ibaka came up with the tremendous (and clean) block on Harden’s dunk attempt in the first half of tonight’s Thunder-Rockets game. That Ibaka block crushed Harden’s soul, and quite nearly destroyed his phenomenal beard. [H/T to @cjzero]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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