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NBA Southwest

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    November 25, 2014

    Rockets Recap: Team Defense Keeping Rockets on Winning Track Despite Injuries

    Record Since Last Recap: 2-1 MVP Since Last Recap: James Harden Best Win Last Week: Mavericks Toughest Loss Last Week: Lakers Current Record: 11-3 On Saturday night, there was a sequence of plays that represented the antithesis of what people thought about James Harden's defense last season. Not on ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Rockets Recap: Despite Record, Cracks Beginning to Show

    Last week, the Rockets made an early season trip south of the border to play a game in Mexico City. Basketball is an international game and like NFL games in London, sending NBA teams to other countries is good business. The Rockets took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it would seem Mexico t ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Rocket Fans, Meet Your New Best Friend: Root Sports Southwest

    Tonight I will leave work after my show is over, I will settle in, fix myself a plate of whatever tasty treats my girlfriend Amy has prepared for dinner, sit down on the couch and do something that I've been unable to do since the end of the 2011-2012 NBA season: I will watch a local Houston Rocket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    CSN Houston Is Gone And The Rockets Are Back On TV

    The time has finally come. On Monday night, after two years, Houston Rockets games will once again be legally available to a majority of the Houston-area viewing public. Roots Sports Houston, an undoubtedly inferior product to CSN Houston, takes over as the rights holder for Rockets and Astros games ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Rockets Recap: How They Have Managed Their Surprising Start

    If someone had told you that after the first two weeks of the season the Rockets would be missing Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones to injury and Dwight Howard to the flu, you would probably think this would be a miserable start to a season that began with one of them more disappointing offseasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    What Houston Lost to Finally get the Rockets and Astros on TV Again

    For two years, Comcast SportsNet viewers had sarcastically needled Bill Doleman, asking him why he didn't dress more like his Houston Rockets studio show co-host, Calvin Murphy, whose flamboyant suits crashed nightly through every barrier of sartorial subtlety at warp speed. So it was appropriate, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Get to Know Your 2014-15 Houston Rockets

    It seems like having a wheeler dealer as a general manager means reintroducing ourselves to the Rockets roster every season. Gone are some familiar faces from last year, replaced by some interesting choices and some youngsters. But, the big names remain and that is more important than anything. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Howard, Bryant Smack Talk as Rockets Roll Over Lakers in Season Opener

    In a game that saw the Houston Rockets lead the LA Lakers for all but 21 seconds and go on to lead by 27 before finishing off the Lakers 108-90 at Staples Center, there were a couple of memorable highlights, neither of which involved basketball. Late in the fourth quarter, former teammates Dwight H ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Rockets Season Preview 2014-15: Uphill Climb in the Stacked Western Conference

    Since 1997 when the Rockets took a dagger to the heart in the form of a John Stockton three pointer in the Western Conference Finals, the team has toiled in mediocrity. Sure, they've made the playoffs on several occasions, but they have made it past the first round exactly once in 16 seasons, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    The Sports Hate Between the Rockets and Mavericks May be Approaching Football Levels

    As the horn sounded ending the first game of the NBA preseason between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, former Rocket fan favorite (ample stress on the word "former") Chandler Parsons, now a centerpiece for the Mavs, made his way over to the Rockets' bench area to exchange salutations w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Like Monty Python's Black Knight, CSN Houston's Not Dead Yet

    Walking out from a concert at the House of Blues on Monday night, I couldn't help but notice that the lights were still burning brightly inside the offices and studios of CSN Houston. Earlier that day, a bankruptcy judge had heard evidence regarding the financial worth of the troubled network so he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Dear Chandler Parsons: You Are Officially Dead to Us

    There are lots of things we can forgive in this world. Take Andy Pettitte. He did what many players allegedly did during the "steroid era" in baseball. He took performance enhancing drugs to make himself better or stronger, or to heal from injury quicker. In short, he cheated the system. Of course, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    On Cusp Of NBA Season, Rockets-Mavericks Rivalry Is Going Next Level

    As much as we'd all like to get along, as much as life becomes easier with peace and harmony, there is no doubt that conflict stokes people. Many of you reading this live in the great state of Texas, where conflict is inherently baked into our opinions on the state as a whole and our respective cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Root! Root! For Root Sports Houston!

    If Judge Marvin Isgur approves the bankruptcy plan proposed for CSN Houston, Houston sports fans will be able to watch the Rockets this season. They'll no longer be able to watch the Dynamo, or any of the Houston-centric sportscasts aired by CSN Houston, but the return of the World Poker Tour should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    10 Things You Never Hear Houstonians Say

    "Everything is bigger in Texas." "If you don't like the weather here, wait." "Hey, y'all." There are certain phrases synonymous with Texas. Some of them you hear with regularity. Yes, we do occasionally quip about everything being bigger here and warn people not to mess with us. We even use y'all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    TMZ: Dwight Howard "Blows More Reds Than Communist Hooker"

    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is a happy, free spirited guy to go with his tremendous talent on the court. He is also, apparently, a scofflaw, at least in Florida. According to a report by TMZ , Howard recently had his Florida license suspended for multiple traffic violations, mostly running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Time, Goodwill Could Be Running Short for Harden

    It's amazing how quickly things can turn. One minute, you're at a podium in front of thousands of screaming fans telling them how you are going to bring them a championship. The next, you are taking the brunt of every fan's animosity while your team toils away in mediocrity. Ask Tracy McGrady. Few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Notable Dates on the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Schedule

    The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season and, naturally, the first thing everyone looked for was when Lebron James would return to Miami (Christmas Day as it turns out), but we here in Houston were more interested in the Rockets, who will try to improve on their 54-win season and first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Rockets Sign 2nd Round Pick Nick Johnson (DUNK VIDEO)

    If there were a Hall of Fame for highly valuable second round picks, it would likely be located in Houston, perhaps as an annex to the Toyota Center. In the modern day edition of the NBA Draft, where the value of a draft choice has odd contractual ties to the round in which he is selected, no team ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Tracy McGrady Records First Career Strikeout, Retires Immediately

    In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning" Jerry teaches the George the value of going out on a high note. "Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say goodnight and walk off," he explained. Apparently, former NBA star and Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady has been watching reruns because he pulled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Five Things We Can Ascertain From Daryl Morey's Monday Interview

    Sometimes things don't go quite the way we planned them. Houston Rockets fans learned this all too well in the past four days. At lunchtime on Friday, it was all right there. A few more simple (albeit expensive) steps left to execute, and the Rockets would have the best starting five in the NBA, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey: "By Playoffs, We Will Be Better Than Last Year"

    There's a picture on Daryl Morey's Facebook page that is almost exactly five years old. It's a picture from a July trip to Las Vegas for the NBA's Summer League, and presumably a night of unwinding in one of the casinos playing some blackjack. The caption to the picture says "Rockets win and then t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    LeBron Watch 2014: NBA Cities Everywhere Held Hostage

    This is what happens when you have a league imposed maximum salary on a player whose true worth is at least two to three times that amount --- in a league where that star player is worth about 25 to 30 incremental regular season wins--- and, when that player is a free agent, the league will stand st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    LeBron's Choice Opens Rockets to Snag Chris Bosh

    It was a rough break-up for LeBron James and Cleveland. That acrid stench of burning jerseys and the screams of angry fans were traumatic enough to keep the Miami Heat star up at night thinking about his home team, the Cavaliers. Now, he's kicking South Beach to the curb for Cleveland, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Rockets' Dangerous Game of Dominoes and What Needs to Happen With Bosh, Parsons and LeBron

    Well, let the madness begin. After a ten day period that began with a Daryl Morey trip to Philadelphia to visit Kyle Lowry, followed by a brief courtship of Carmelo Anthony that fizzled about the time he got into his car to leave Americas Restaurant and head to the airport, the Houston Rockets now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Slim Thug REALLY Wants the Rockets to Sign Carmelo Anthony

    Oh, what a funny business the NBA is. And nothing is funnier than the league's free-agency season, when Monopoly money is tossed at players who either a) deserve it; b) probably have photos of your GM doing unimaginable things; or c) happen to have the names Jeremy and Lin. You see, free agency is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    A Timeline of a Failed Attempt to Witness Carmelo Anthony's Historic Visit to Houston

    I awoke Wednesday morning to an email from my editor about a giant, shiny sign. And not just any sign, a photoshopped sign of Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets jersey lit on the screen outside of Toyota Center. The Rockets have rolled out the welcome mat for free agent Carmelo Anthony http://t.co/AxJRWa8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 2: Carmelo Anthony Gets Wined And Dined

    Rockets Free Agent-Palooza 2014 continued on Wednesday with a little controversy, some good food, and a lot of Melo. In a visit that may ultimately be most remembered for pissing off one of the players currently (for now) on their roster, the Rockets wined, dined, and wooed Carmelo Anthony, making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Daryl Morey Speaks Out On Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony Situation

    "That's my house, and that's my car. That's my dog in my back yard .... there's my kids, and that's my wife. Who's that man running' my life?" -- Toby Keith In the song "Who's That Man" by Toby Keith, the protagonist in the song is driving through the town and past the house that he used to live in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 1: Update On Five Houston Rockets Targets

    2014's NBA free agency class is technically as star studded as any in league history. I say "technically" only because there's a strong belief that the stars at the top of the list are, by and large, virtual locks to return to their incumbent teams. But for now, technically the likes of LeBron Jame ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Five Things to Know About Chandler Parsons' First Journey Into Free Agency

    There was a time when the summer silly season in the NBA, the time of year when free agency and player movement rule the day, was a non-starter here in the city of Houston. Sure, we'd all get really excited and delude ourselves into thinking "THIS could be the summer that a championship structure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Rockets Asik Trade to New Orleans, and So the Dominos Begin to Fall

    If we learned anything from last summer's pursuit of Dwight Howard, it's that these things happen in stages. It starts with a hope, a dream, and lots of time spent on ESPN's Trade Machine. Then, it continues with sportsbooks posting odds on the likelihood of success. It continues with the major out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Top Ten Ways to Identify a Native Houstonian

    Houston is home to a booming economy. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. Houston is cool. Houston is a lot of things, home to a lot different people and cultures. And while no string of facts and qualities can quite stitch together a complete story of this city that we l ... 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

    June 5, 2014

    2014 NBA Finals: Prop Bets And Prediction

    Career legacy against transcendent window. That's the struggle that the 2014 NBA Finals ultimately boils down to. The San Antonio Spurs, miraculously recovering from an all-time collapse in Game 6 of last year's Finals to make another run at the fifth championship of the Popovich/Duncan Era, and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Houston Rockets Reportedly Will Decline Chandler Parsons' Team Option

    During his first handful of offseasons as general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey spent most of his time tweaking the roster, piling up small assets, and trying to work around the balky knees and feet (and massive contracts) of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Then in 2012, Morey was able to ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

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    May 22, 2014

    How the CSN Houston Broadcast Map Dooms the Network

    It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Charles Barkley Versus the Women of San Antonio Is Turning Into the Most Compelling NBA Playoff Matchup

    Last night in San Antonio, the Spurs systematically dismembered the Oklahoma City Thunder by 35 points, 112-77. What had been a close game through one and a half quarters began to spin out of control for the Thunder just before halftime, leading to a second half that essentially amounted to a 24 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Kevin Love Sweepstakes, This Summer's Houston Rockets Storyline

    "We're going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we'll be a lot better than we were this year." -- Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, 5/5/2014 It seems crazy to think that after pilfering James Harden, a likely first team All-NBA shooting guard, from Oklaho ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    We Might Be Surrendering to a World of Idiocracy

    For a full week, mainstream news has seized upon a single story and effectively beat it to death; the soap-opera saga of an impotent 80 year old who supports a mistress who looks like Mr. Ed in drag. It's trashy, gossipy, and titillating. It holds great popular appeal for the incredibly stupid and c ... 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 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 23, 2014

    FPSF Adds Monster Houston Rap Supergroup

    Free Press Summer Fest is a little more than a month and a half away, but even though the already-packed festival lineup has been released, more names are getting added, including a Swishahouse trio that kick started the second Houston rap surge in 2005. Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones himself ... 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 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 >>

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