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  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Andrew Wiggins' Painfully Awkward Sportscenter Interview

    When you're the number one pick in the NBA draft in late June, the summer months should be a time of celebration. For that player, years of youth basketball, high school basketball, the AAU circuit, and a hard fought few months in the college ranks have all culminated into the realization of millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Potential Houston Rocket Acquisitions Take a Hit

    While, for the Houston Rockets, landing Dwight Howard was most certainly not easy, for fans, following the pursuit of Dwight Howard was pretty simple. Last summer, Howard was an unrestricted free agent, requiring of a maximum salary deal (or as close to it as possible), and the teams that were in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Rockets' "Meaningless" Finale Wasn't Meaningless For Gamblers

    I've said many times, we need a special corner of the sports media world for gamblers. A special channel, a special talk radio show, a special Tweetdeck. All of it. People who don't wager generally don't care about the same nuances of a sporting event as people that do. That much was obvious on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    How Home Court Could Help Rockets Make a Deep Playoff Run

    Every team wants home court advantage. It is a fairly good predictor of which team will win a series (something like 64 percent of teams with the home court win that series). But, for the Rockets, who are close to tying up the fourth seed and a first-round home court advantage over either the Trailb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Rockets Battle Injuries, Portland for Home Court Advantage in Playoffs

    Fortunes change quickly in the NBA. A 20-point lead, something rarely overcome in the low-scoring '90s, is now about four minutes of good shooting and defense away from a deficit. The same can be said of the standings. Even the shortest of losing streaks can take a team from home court advantage in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Kevin Love's Match.com Video For Good NBA Teams (Like The Rockets)

    Let's preface this post by saying that I shed no tears for Kevin Love. The Minnesota Timberwolves' fifth year power forward is highly compensated for his services (over $14 million this season), lives a very comfortable life, and for a guy who has never led his team to even a 40 percent winning per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Examining the Remaining NBA Schedule: Can the Rockets Get to 56 Wins?

    I've often said that betting on NBA games each night is financial suicide the equivalent of day trading, with its volatility and roller coaster-style emotion, while season bets are more like gradual financial suicide investing, where the ebb and flow is a season long thing. So with anywhere from 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Turnovers, Matchup Problems Cost Rockets in Loss to Clippers

    One of the unique anomalies of the Rockets title runs in 1994 and 1995 is they did not have to beat Seattle either time. The team that is now in Oklahoma City was then called the Sonics and their swarming defense was the bane of Hakeem Olajuwon's existence. During the All-Star weekend in Houston las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Rockets Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

    The Rockets roll continued on Monday night with a 107-89 in Minnesota over the Timberwolves. Dwight Howard continued his outstanding play of late with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. He was joined in double figures by the other four starters as the Rockets took down the Wolves with relative ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Rockets Rolling Into All-Star Break Despite Injuries

    The Rockets completed a pair of back-to-back wins against the Spurs and Mavericks Tuesday and Wednesday, completing a run of 7 wins in their last 10 games. Their only losses in that stretch were a pair against the Grizzlies and one complete fluke loss to Oklahoma City in which they managed the bigge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Gambling! NBA 2013-2014 Season Win Total Futures Bets!

    In the wagering world, there's a reason (well, several, but one big one) why football betting is so popular. Since 98 percent of the action occurs on Saturday and Sunday, there's a built-in moderation and containment to football's action where (a) it largely doesn't infringe on the average Joe's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Gambling! 2013-2014 NBA Season Win Totals Are Out!

    Amidst the hoopla of "Johnny Football, Part Two" and the carnage of the box set of back breaking turnovers that Matt Schaub is assembling, the Rockets quietly opened training camp this week with arguably their best assembly of talent since the mid 90's. Indeed, a new age of Rockets basketball begi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Clearing Up the Western Conference Playoff Picture

    I always find it amazing that after an entire season, spots in the playoffs and seeding can come down to the final few games. This year in the Western Conference it is no different. The east has been settled for over a week and there is only limited jockeying for position. But the west is deeper and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Goooooooal Tending: Rockets Beat Suns, Make Playoffs on Bizarre Final Play

    "What a long strange trip it's been." -- The Grateful Dead It is fitting in a season as crazy as this one that the young Rockets' road to the playoffs would ultimately come down to a game, a play and a call like the ones that occurred Tuesday night at Toyota Center. All season, the Rockets have don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Rockets Edge Closer to the Playoffs with 2-1 West Road Trip

    The Rockets loss to Denver on Saturday night was almost a given. Very few teams who faced the Nuggets in Denver on the second half of a back-to-back travel game in the last couple seasons have won. It's tough to travel and play a game at altitude against a team that likes to run. Plus, the Nuggets a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Rockets Could Get a Lot Closer to the Playoffs Tonight

    It always shocks me that over the course of 82 games, teams could remain so close that it comes right down to the wire, yet, virtually every season, that is the case. With Portland and Dallas essentially falling off the map, there are five teams left fighting for the final four spots in the Western ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Good News-Bad News for the Rockets as They Drive for the Playoffs

    Last night was a frustrating night for the young Rockets squad. They had their worst offensive output of the season, scoring just 78 points (10 in the first quarter) and getting it handed to them in the most lopsided loss of the season against the team directly ahead of them in the playoff chase, Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Rockets Confounding Season of Ups and Downs Continues with a 45-Point Win in Utah

    For all their inconsistency this season, there is a certain amount of relative consistency to the Rockets season. Whenever they lose a few, they come back and win a few, or vice versa. The league's youngest team will struggle to shoot with any consistency and turn the ball over like playground balle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Houston's Not The Only City Having Problems With Comcast SportsNet

    The Portland Trail Blazers are in the middle of a 10-year contract with Comcast SportsNet Northwest. And so far, the only people in the CSN Northwest viewing area who can see the Trail Blazers are those people who have Comcast. Not people with Direct TV. Not people with Dish Network. Not those who m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    From Five Straight Wins to Four Straight Losses, the Young Rockets Continue to Confound

    I've mentioned in this space on numerous occasions that you have to take the good and bad with youth. It's exciting and fast-paced and fun, but it's also exceedingly frustrating. On a weekend that saw the Texans go out more with a whimper than a bang, it would have been nice for the other halfway de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    NBA Season Jump Starts with Spate of Christmas Day Games Including the Rockets

    In 2011, Christmas Day was the literal start to the NBA season thanks to a lockout that kept the season from starting for nearly two full months. Most every other year, the season starts in October, but for the casual fan, it doesn't really get going until Christmas Day. With the NFL taking the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Hornets to Become the Pelicans? Dear NOLA, Blame Utah

    The city of New Orleans has been forced to suffer many indignities when it comes to sports. Whether it was the long period of disastrous play by the "Ain'ts", so bad that fans came to games at the Super Dome with paper bags over their heads; or the fact that the team currently known as the Hornets e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Five Ways You Can Help Your Buddies Without Comcast Follow the Rockets Games

    The saga continues with Comcast Sportsnet. Game two of the very young NBA season is upon us and still no deals with U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network to carry the sports channel that is the exclusive home to the Rockets and Astros. It's difficult to say just how long it will take to get deals done. A ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    NBA Draft: Recent Stinkhole History To Enlighten Rocket Fans

    Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery took place, or as Rocket fans like to call it "a tradition like no other." For those Rocket fans, their 0.5 percent chance of coming away with the top pick gave the draft lottery a decide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    4 Thoughts On Delonte West's Wet Willie On Gordon Hayward

    After allowing me to fall into the trap of proclaiming them a lock for the playoffs on my radio show, the Rockets lost their fourth straight game last night. Logic dictates that I should post something about that, but I need to step away from the Rockets just to be able to rationally assess them rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Rockets Sweep Road Trip, Bear Down on the Playoffs

    Photo by Groovehouse This Rockets team, it just sneaks up on you. It's loaded with second- and third-tier players, most of whom would be backups (albeit rotation players) on good teams. They struggle with interior defense and have an unproven coach who was once a hated rival. They lost their entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    NBA's Marcus Camby Arrested For Weed In Pearland

    Portland PDPulled over in his Porsche​Many NBA watchers wonder how the hell Marcus Camby can keep playing at the ancient age of 37. We may have our answer. And as with so many things, it's weed. Camby was arrested earlier this week in Pearland for marijuana possession, reports the Pearland J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Tough night for Dick Vitale​My fingers are still recovering from the lengthy (eight printed pages!) live blog I did last night here on Hair Balls, but the day after the draft necessitates some post-draft analysis. I've now had a day to sleep on it, and without further ado, a few post-draft tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- A Reminder of the Rockets' Purgatory

    NBA Draft: Do Rocket fans have anything to look forward to?​In the second season of The Sopranos, after getting shot in the abdomen and nearly dying, Christopher has dreams while in a coma about going to a place where people die every day the same painful way they died on earth. Convinced that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Is Interested In Bringing His Talents To Houston

    'Melo is eyeing up the Rockets​Carmelo Anthony is interested in coming here? To Houston? To play for the Rockets? Don't be messing with us, Sports Illustrated.Supposedly it's so.SI reported that the Rockets are on a short list of teams Anthony would be interested in joining if he and his current e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Rockets-Portland Game 4: Hayes Takes One For The Team

    In a gritty comeback effort that epitomized a team win, it seemed only fitting that the game-winner came from a Rocket whose only contribution to the box score was a personal foul.With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead with under 15 seconds left, Chuck Hayes read Brandon Roy's drive to the bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2009

    Game 3: Rockets' Battier Fills All the Gaps

    This performance wasn't sexy. There wasn't even a defining moment. The Rockets' two biggest stars, Yao Ming and Ron Artest, were each held to single digits in points in the same game for the first time all year. Despite that, Friday night's effort was effective enough to grab an 86-83 win and a 2-1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    NBA Playoffs Game 3 Preview: Yao At Center Of Rockets' Adjustments

    Two years ago, Tracy McGrady made headlines by telling the world the Rockets' playoff success or failure was all on him.Flash forward to today, and it's all on Yao Ming, and the world knows it. So do the Blazers.After losing Game 2 in Portland, the Rockets have quite a few adjustments to make before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Rockets Left To Wonder What Could Have Been

    (Note: This was written by Ben DuBose.)The next time someone tells you that early-season games in sports like basketball and baseball don't matter, refer them to the case of the 2008-09 Houston Rockets.The No. 5-seeded Rockets were one game from having a dream path to the Western Conference Finals, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    One-Fifth of the Way In, Whither the Rockets?

    With about 20 percent of the season concluded, the Rockets' 11-7 record appears at first blush to be maddeningly inconsistent. But I think it's a lot easier to explain than it may seem. One way to measure the future success of the team based on its current record is to look at "bad losses" - eith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Listen Up: K-Rino's "Holla at Me"

    Here’s a new video from K-Rino. Great song and video. This guy is on a whole other level, and it’s a shame he didn’t get more shine in the big H-Town rap boom of 2005. Hell, after 20 years of steady, even expanding genius, I think they should put a statue of the man on the corner of M.L.K. and ... More >>

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