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    March 27, 2014

    History Tonight as Rockets Look to Hand 76ers Their 26th Straight Loss

    Back on November 13, 2013, the Houston Rockets travelled to Philadelphia to take on what, at the time, we could call an "upstart" Philadelphia 76ers squad. Given that all indications in the offseason had been that they were aligning themselves to be so terrible that they would practically be hoardi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Rockets Tie Third Best Record Through 50 Games in Franchise History with Win Over Suns

    The Rockets matched the franchise record for wins through 50 games at 33 by beating the Phoenix Suns 122-108 at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The win allows them to keep pace in the ridiculously competitive Western Conference where, despite their accomplishments, they still remain in fifth place ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Did the Rockets Learn Their Lesson in Consecutive Losses?

    The Rockets were on a roll. They were winners of their last five (8 of 9 total) including an impressive victory in San Antonio. Despite some nagging injuries to Chandler Parsons and James Harden, and an injury that would sideline Jeremy Lin until this week, they seemed to be clicking. For the first ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Pole Dancing, Playoff Soccer: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend

    "It's the freakin' weekend, baby, I'm about to have me some fun." Oh, R. Kelly, how you cut to the core of me. The weekend is upon us again, kids and children of all ages. That can mean only two things: 1) It's time to put on my expanding pants and eat nachos until I puke and 2) There be sports here ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Rockets Still a Significant Work in Progress

    There have been times in the Rockets history when they got off to slow starts in games. This year, it is a slow start to the season. But, when I predicted they would go 11-7 in their first month with Dwight Howard, it wasn't because I thought they would come flying out of the gates. It was because I ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    All Systems Go: The Rockets Are Young, Focused and Ready to Compete

    Fun-loving, but hyper-competitive on the court, the Rockets are ready to deliver a new age in Houston basketball. Fans are ready for that, too.

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    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 >>

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    August 7, 2013

    Your 2013-2014 Houston Rockets Schedule Easy Reference Guide

    From a purely functional standpoint, the reconstruction of the Houston Rockets meant all new talent on the roster, and a better chance to win games and, hopefully, win NBA titles. And make no mistake, this was a total rebuild. By the time the trade deadline for 2013 rolled around, after Patrick Pa ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Metta World Peace Responds To Amnesty Rumors In Classic Metta Fashion

    Because of the one on one battle the Houston Rockets were engaged in to secure the services of Dwight Howard, most astute Rocket fans are keenly aware of just how bad things are in Los Angeles for the Lakers going forward. Their best player, Kobe Bryant, is coming off of a debilitating Achilles tea ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Ice Cube Bids Farewell To Dwight Howard In An F-Bomb Laced Tirade (w/ VIDEO)

    Now that Dwight Howard has made his decision on where he intends to play basketball for the next few years of his life, I suppose this is how it will go for the foreseeable future. Shaquille O'Neal said that Dwight ran from the bright lights so he could hide in our "little town." Phil Jackson said ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Sorry Lakers, Dwight Howard Just Wasn't That Into You

    Just before the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Houston Rockets completed a three team trade that would have sent then-New Orleans point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, Lakers forward Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and an appetizer sampler of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and other odds and ends ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    BEAT LA: Media's Collective Shock Over Howard Choosing Houston Not Surprising

    In 1999, the NFL had a decision to make. Would they award the NFL's 32nd franchise to Los Angeles or Houston? The contingent from Houston had the better bid worth $1.1 billion, an organized plan of attack and a city ready to build a brand new stadium. LA had the second largest television market in A ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: What is Dwight Doing on the Fourth of July?

    It's Dwight Howard watch day four and, appropriately, it's also the fourth. In this case, it's our nation's independence day, a time when we celebrate the birth of a nation with heavy drinking, incendiary devices and bad country music. But, what in the world is Howard doing this Fourth of July. Last ... 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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    May 23, 2013

    NBA Retro Zapruder Of The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

    In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Rockets Lose in LA, Drop from 6th to 8th in Two Games, Will Open Playoffs in OKC

    Ultimately, it makes little difference where the Rockets play this postseason's opening series. As much as fans would like to see them survive and advance, the chances of doing that are extremely slim. Now, opening up against the current Western Conference champions, that task gets even more difficu ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    A Surprising Amount on the Line Tonight for the Rockets in LA

    It's always amazing that after 81 games, it can come down to a single contest between two teams. Such is the case tonight in Los Angeles as the Rockets face the Lakers in the final game of the season. For both, a win is paramount but for different reasons. The Lakers, the preseason favorite to win i ... 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 >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: The Upper Crusty Edition

    The above image is exactly what we imagine you say when you see the weekly headline announcing the best things to do in sports this weekend. You're all, "FUCK YEAH, MOTHER EFFER! IT'S TIME FOR SPORTS! WOO!" Then you read about the things we have to offer and you're all, "YEAH...wait, what?" That's ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Rockets Get Road Win Over Kings and We Have a Terrence Jones Sighting

    If I didn't know any better, I would think Kevin McHale was giving minutes to players just to develop them even regardless of the outcome (oh, right, he is), but weird rotations and injuries or not, the Rockets keep winning. In Sacramento Wednesday night, it was a brand new face and one strange lin ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    No Beard? No Problem. Rockets Beat Clippers for 40th W of the Season

    At the beginning of this season, I was talking to my friend David Hardisty over at ClutchFans.net. At the beginning of every season, we'll usually talk about what we expect from the season. The team had just traded for James Harden, but neither of us were optimistic. I pegged the Rockets' win total ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Playoff Chase: Rockets Beat Utah, Warriors Lose to Spurs

    Last night, as I mentioned yesterday, was a big night for the Rockets. In their hunt for a playoff spot -- they missed the last two seasons -- they faced Utah at Toyota Center and while the Jazz have not exactly played like world beaters recently, their formidable front line would seem to match up w ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Rockets Crush Mavs: 44-Point Third Buries Dallas, Probably Ruins Playoff Chances

    It's never a bad thing when, in one night, you can absolutely destroy a Dallas sports franchise on the floor and, for all practical purposes, ruin their chances of making the playoffs. Given that the Rockets haven't beaten the Mavericks in nine straight tries leading up to last night's win at Toyota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Biggest Loser v 7.0 -- Sacramento Kings Guard Tyreke Evans

    Overall, it's turned into kind of a slow sports week, which I guess is to expected as we are in the dreaded "post NFL combine, pre March Madness dead period." Add in the fact that the Rockets have seemingly been on a second All-Star break this week (haven't played since Saturday), and on a lazy Thur ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Sacramento Kings Fans React To The 2013 Thomas Robinson Heist

    As general managers of any team goes, let alone a team that is three seasons removed from being in the playoffs, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is a pretty popular guy. Yes, he's accessible and honest and willing to explain the deals he makes (or doesn't make) in just the right amount o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Rain of Threes: Rockets Bury Warriors, Bogut Drops C-Bomb on Twitter

    When it rains, it pours. The Rockets took on the surprising Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in Toyota Center without three-point specialist Carlos Delfino who was out with a sore elbow. Clearly, it didn't matter. The Rockets absolutely poured it on the Warriors in the form of a three-point barra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Beat LA: Rockets Take Out Injury-Riddled Lakers to Run Streak to Five

    The Rockets faced a depleted Lakers squad missing three key players including Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard Tuesday night at Toyota Center in a classic trap game. The first game of yet another five-games-in-four-nights stretch for the Rockets against a very short-handed team makes for situation Coach ... More >>

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    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 10, 2012

    Rockets' Ups and Downs Continue Despite Coach's Return

    Check out pics from Saturday's close game against the Mavs in our slideshow. Kevin McHale was emotional at times when he met with the media upon his return to the team on Saturday night after an extended absence due to the illness and tragic death of his daughter. He kept in touch with the players ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Next Five Games Will Test Young Rockets Starting Tonight Against the Lakers

    With a serious tragedy behind them and injured players starting to return to the line up, the Rockets dive into a string of games against contenders and Texas rivals this week that will add yet another test to the young team's season. First up is the LA Lakers, in town tonight at Toyota Center. Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Dragic Gone. Is It Time for Linsanity or Just Regular Old Crazy?

    According to ESPN, Rockets point guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $34 million over four seasons. The Rockets had reportedly realized last week that Dragic wanted much more than they were willing to offer and decided to pursue other options. Some reports suggest the ... 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 >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Comparing the Rockets Starting Lineup to the Best in the West

    The Rockets are mired in a five-game losing streak and slumping their way towards the NBA trade deadline next week. They lost two overtime heartbreakers to the Clippers and the Celtics and dropped an uninspired road loss the the abysmal Toronto Raptors. The Rockets aren't exactly free-falling, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Say What You Will About the Rockets, At Least They Aren't The Clippers

    We all learned yesterday that the Rockets have fallen to the bottom of the heap when it comes to local television ratings, worse than all but three woeful NBA franchises despite having a winning record now halfway through this lockout-shortened season. In fact, their ratings dropped a whopping 40 p ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Houston Rockets: Their Bench Is the Hottest Team in the Western Conference

    In my season preview for the Houston Rockets, I cited the current portion of the season as the "make or break stretch" for the team -- a six-game road trip against a bunch of pretty-good-but-not-great teams followed by a six-game homestand against mostly good teams. And once the season started, and ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Women's World Cup: Five Other Seeming "Game-Winning" Scores That Weren't

    The USA's run in the Women's World Cup seemed to be finishing in grand style when Abby Wambach put in an extra-time header to give the team a 2-1 lead. It didn't last, and Japan won in overtime. Wambach's late goal joins a storied list of scores that seemingly iced a game or a series, only to be o ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Space Shuttles: Ten Ways Los Angeles and New York Can Show Theirs Off, Dammit

    Bi-wing airplanes...pfft. Try this on for size, Kong.​This week, we learned that Houston, essentially the birthplace of the space shuttle program, will not be given one of the four remaining shuttles. Two of the four cities receiving them are both deserving and appropriate: Washington D.C. (fo ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Game Time: Best of the Best -- Top 10 Moments from Clutch City Rockets (w/video)

    Consensus Number One​I am a total sucker for lists.This makes me like roughly 95 percent of society; the fact that I openly admit I'm a sucker for lists makes me a little more unique. There are so many list books, list columns, list blog posts (many by yours truly) that it seems by admitting you ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    GAME TIME: NBA Draft: 8 Winners and 8 Losers

    As in most things in life, Calipari is both a winner and loser​"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2010 NBA Draft..." -- David SternI'm not going to lie, those words give me a tingly feeling every year that I hear them. It never gets old -- like reruns of The Sopanos or seeing that Bree Ol ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Game Time: NBA DRAFT -- Worst Lottery Picks Of The Last 15 Years

    cutline​As "must see" events on the sporting calendar go, the annual NBA Draft is highly underrated. If you ask the average sports fan his or her five most watchable sports nights of the year you'll probably get canned answers like the Super Bowl, a Game 7 in the MLB or NBA playoffs, and any inte ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Ron Artest Releases The Song He Couldn't As A Rocket: "Champion"

    No fans were injured in the making of this song​Former Rocket Ron Artest, the current Laker who thanked his psychiatrist after the Game 7 win, is celebrating his new ring with yet another rap song.The song has been written and sitting around for a long time, but Artest tweaked it to capitalize on ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    The Five Best Houston Sex Scandals, Such As They Are

    It takes two hookers to get James Worthy ready for Showtime​Houston is not a big town for sex scandals. Whether it's because we have a sophisticated European, laissez-faire attitude to such things, or because bigfoot Houstonians are better at hiding things, we don't know. Although we guess it's th ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    The Houston Rockets vs. the L.A. Lakers

    It’s the new and improved Rockets (we hope!)

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