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LaMarcus Aldridge

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    May 8, 2014

    Grades Are In: Rockets 2014 Report Card

    It was a very interesting year for your Houston Rockets. They struggled early, hit an incredible hot streak at the start of the new year and rode it all the way to the fourth seed in the playoffs. They battled through injuries and lack of experience playing with one another, nevermind an extremely t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Five Ds that Must Define the Rockets Development

    It would be nearly impossible, just days after one of the most heartbreakingly awful losses in team history, to try and grade the Rockets season. At this point, all I remember when Damian Lillard hit that three pointer was an entire sports bar in Austin letting out a collective "NO" and my friend sl ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    The Four Winners, Four Losers in Rockets' Game 5 Win

    If there is one thing we have learned through five games between Houston and Portland, it is that these are two very evenly matched teams. In five games, there have been three overtimes. Take away Wednesday night's win for the Rockets by 10 points and the remaining four games were decided by a tota ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    A Few People and Things You Can Blame for Rockets Playoffs Struggles

    It's a shame that this whole Donald Sterling mess is sullying what is the best first round of the playoffs in NBA history. It has certainly been the most competitive with multiple fascinating story lines and more than enough heart-stopping drama for fans from cities around the league. And while the ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis of a Huge Chick Fight in the Upper Deck of the Rockets Game

    Branding. It's a huge buzzword in this day and age. With some many different ways to market yourself, build an audience, be memorable, branding is key to growth. Good branding is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth. I blog at least once, sometimes as many as three tim ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Rockets Down 0-2 to Blazers: Here Are Six Reasons It's OK to Panic

    Long before Portland took their largest lead of the game well into the fourth quarter of game two in the first round of the Western Conference at Toyota Center, the cracks were showing in the Rockets' foundation. Despite a blistering start with Dwight Howard absolutely dominating on the low post goi ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Five Reasons the Rockets Will Win the Portland Series Even After Losing Game 1

    Sunday night's overtime loss to the Trailblazers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs cost the Rockets the very home court advantage they fought for until the penultimate game of the season. It was as frustrating a loss as fans will see with poor play down the stretch, sloppy play most of the game ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    2014 NBA Playoffs: Rockets-Blazers Preview and Predictions

    After six long months, now comes the payoff. From about the time that Yao Ming's feet stopped fully cooperating, through every single minor trade to flip a couple second round picks into a reserve player that could then be mixed into another trade for an eventual asset to land a superstar, through ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    Rockets Secure Home Court in First Round with Win Over the Spurs

    In her first trip to Las Vegas, my wife decided to place her very first sports bet on the Houston Rockets. She and two of her friends put $100 each on the Rockets in their game against Minnesota on Friday night. Any win would net them $190 each and even a loss by one would keep them from losing. The ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Harden, Howard Named to Western Conference All-Star Team

    Every professional league has its quirks when it comes to naming all stars. In the NBA, that quirk is allowing fans, including Internet voters, to name the starters. Coaches then pick the reserves. Every year, there is at least one bizarre snub by fans or oddball choice. This year in the Western Con ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    NBA All Star Starters Show Rocket Fans Are Lazy Ballot Box Stuffers

    Voting for NBA All Star Game starters used to be a much simpler endeavor back in the pre-internet days. You go to a game, you grab a ballot (or handful of ballots), punch out the holes for all of your selections, and slip the ballot in the ballot box. Generally, through the 80's and 90's, the resul ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    NBA Draft: Best Active Player Selected In Each First Round Draft Slot

    I've said it many times in this space -- we are all dorks. I don't mean we all have pocket protectors and pull our trousers up to an unreasonably high waist level (or even use the word "trousers" instead of the hipper, cooler "pants"), I mean that we all obsess over something, obsess to an extent t ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game Features Some of the Best Players Today, Tomorrow, Ever

    It's easy to sit around like an old fart and complain about how great All-Star games used to be. In some ways, the old farts are right. There were NBA All-Star games in the `80s and `90s where the number of future Hall of Famers numbered in the mid-teens. No offense to the Jerry Stackhouse, Anthony ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game: Your Prop Bets For This Weekend

    Michael Jordan turns 50 this weekend, I'm not sure if you've heard. In case you missed the incessant career retrospective pieces that ran on Sportscenter or the story of MJ's renting the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston for his birthday shindig this weekend, the most iconic team sport athlete o ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Crystal Ball: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Texans/Rockets Edition

    It's always an adventure when it comes to being a sports fan in Houston. Fortunes change quickly and the sensitive sports psyche of the city is so damn fragile, our confidence having been shattered so often in the past. Even when we want to swagger into a new year or a new season, it feels uncomfort ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    James Harden Is A Houston Rocket: So, Now What?

    I haven't used a Sopranos analogy in a long time, and frankly, since the series has been defunct for more than five years, I have no idea how much longer the Relevancy Police are going to allow me to do so, so if I may: Remember in the first half of Season 6 of The Sopranos, when Tony got shot in t ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Counting Greg Oden's Blessings

    Greg Oden, in between microsurgeries.​"I'm sure he's saying, 'Why Me?' Sometimes in life, things like that happen, and you wonder why it's happening to you. Some of these injuries have occurred, not only on the floor but off the floor. There's really not an explanation for why, or sometimes ho ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    One Man's NBA All-Star Reserve Selections

    Go ahead and chalk up the NBA All-Star Game taking place in a few weeks (Sunday, February 26, to be exact) in Orlando's Amway Center as the next "feels weird" moment of the NBA season. It feels like the season just tipped off a few weeks ago and yet here we are, about 20 games in, deciding who the b ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    NBA 2010-2011 Preview -- Reconstructing LeBron

    Please, no more operations on Yao Ming​"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Game Time: For Sale -- NBA Two Guard, 30 Y/O, Excellent Condition, Trades Accepted

    ​First, I want to thank everyone for their reaction, positive or otherwise, to my post yesterday which chronicled the high points of the era of Tracy McGrady's Expiring Contract I seem to learn something with every new post that I generate here on Hair Balls, and yesterday I learned that there are ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Game Time: Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself LeBron

    ​Those of you who listen to my show know that I am fond of placing the "occasional" friendly wager. While handicapping the day-to-day and week-to-week ebb and flow of a football, basketball, or (if you're really sick) baseball season can be enjoyable and, at times, lucrative (especially when betti ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Game 3 Preview: Rockets Need More From Wafer, On And Off Court

    Photo by Jeff BalkeThe Rowdies get rowdy for the playoffsVon Wafer was a hero in the first round, scoring 21 points in 27 minutes in Game 2 and sparking the Rockets with an emotional return in the series-clinching Game 6 just two days after suffering a bulging disc in his lower back. He was suppos ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Second Round Preview: Lakers Defense May Pose Biggest Threat To Rockets

    The Rockets finally got the first-round monkey off their backs  last week, so what did the NBA give them as a reward? Only a second-round date with the prohibitive title favorite Lakers, beginning tonight at 9:30 in Los Angeles. It's a terrifying matchup by nearly every quantifiable method. The ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Rockets Playoff Preview: Yao, Rockets May Have Finally Landed Favorable First-Round Matchup

    At least for now, the Rockets' stunning collapse might not be all bad.The negatives to the Rockets blowing a 14-point, second-half lead at Dallas on Wednesday night, coupled with New Orleans' meltdown in San Antonio, are of course falling from the No. 2 seed, losing home court advantage in the first ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008
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