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    April 8, 2014

    Miami After Dark: H-Town Goes to South Beach

    This past week, I packed my bags and headed east to Miami, that gorgeously naughty city in South Florida that rivals New York City and Los Angeles in its beauty and nightlife. The purpose was a professional one, a marketing and interactive conference for Latinos. But aside from the seminars and gift ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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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    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 >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Five Texas Cities We'd Prefer a High-Speed Train Connection

    A private investor group is trying to do a redux of an an old plan to built a bullet train through Texas, connecting the Bayou City with Dallas. But of all the options for high-speed travel, is getting to Dallas in less than two hours really what we want? We asked our Facebook pals what they thoug ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Resurgent Lin Sparks Streaking Rockets

    The Rockets have been winning huge games for a while now, but one thing is new this week. It's largely because of reserve guard Jeremy Lin, rather than in spite of. And while the local bandwagon swells with talk of James Harden's latest heroics, the most positive development for the team's title ch ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Rockets Are the Hottest Team in Basketball for Good Reason (for Once)

    Whenever an NBA team goes on a winning streak, even if that streak is four or five games, declarations are made. Some are long term, often with little evidentiary basis, but most are the of the moment variety. That team gets the designation of hottest team in the league. The NBA can be hyper competi ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Rockets Try to Prove They Belong Among NBA Elite

    Over the last two months, the Rockets feasted on weaker opponents, which led to an eight-game winning streak and position among the top teams in the Western Conference. Then, with a five-game road swing on the West Coast and a pair of losses to the best teams in that stretch of the schedule, they fe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 24, 2014

    Comeback Against Suns Helps Rockets Avoid Road Disaster

    Two games and three quarters into their longest road trip of the season, the Rockets appeared headed for a 1-2 start to the five-game West Coast swing. They had just been lit up for 77 points in the second and third quarter and were down 11 in Phoenix, with former Rocket Goran Dragic punishing his o ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Rockets Trade Brooks to Denver, Lose to Warriors in OT

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey did it again. In each of his eight years with the Rockets, he has made a trade prior to the league's trade deadline. Leading up to Thursday, it appeared less and less likely a deal would get done, primarily because the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors -- Omer As ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    The Morey Chronicles: The Trade Deadline Deal Streak, 2008-2014

    Seven trade deadlines, seven deadline day trades! Yes, the streak is still alive! It was looking dicey for a little while, but with the clock winding down toward 2:00 p.m. CST on Thursday afternoon, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was able to reach back, work the phones, and convince reserve po ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    No Trades, No Problem: Asik, Still a Rocket, Helps Roll Lakers

    As Hollywood thrillers go, the game at Staples Center Wednesday night was a box office flop. The entire night was more slapstick farce than docudrama, though Lakers fans might argue it was a horror story. For the Rockets, that meant a 134-108 laugher over an injury and trade-depleted Laker team. The ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Road Warriors? Rockets Reach Pivotal Stretch Away from Home

    The Rockets have played fewer games on the road than any contender in the Western Conference, but that will change beginning tonight at they begin a five-game west coast road swing against the Lakers. Of their next 12 games total, eight are away from the friendly confines of Toyota Center where they ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    NBA All-Star Game Has Turned into the AND1 Mixtape Tour

    Why not just make it a three-on-three tournament or a trick shot competition? Why even bother trotting out the "All-Stars" and making them jog up and down the court? The All-Star game in New Orleans Sunday night wasn't even a pick up game because guys in those games actually care about playing a smi ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    5 Things the Rockets Must Do Post All-Star Break to Be a Serious Contentder

    The Rockets came within a whisker of losing to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. Riding a six-game winning streak and heading into All-Star break, it wouldn't have been all that surprising to find the Rockets going down to an inferior opponent. The game before a break can b ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    CSN Houston, Bankruptcy, and Why The Rockets Aren't Just Innocent Victims

    Odds are that if you've flown an airline in the past decade you've flown on an airline going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is the popular bankruptcy, one that lets the airline stay in business and keep flying while attempting to come up with a profitable business plan. You're also probably wel ... 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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    February 5, 2014

    Tracy McGrady Is Attempting To Become A Sugar Land Skeeter

    Well, sadly, after Tuesday's Comcast Sports Net court proceedings in Houston, roughly 60 percent of the greater Houston area is still unable to watch our local NBA basketball team and our local Major League Baseball team on television. As someone in that non-Comcast sector of Houston fans, it's ma ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Rockets on Pace for a Good Season Despite Setbacks

    Before the NBA season began, I got my opportunity to look into the crystal ball and see how the Rockets would fare this year. With the addition of Dwight Howard and a cast of young, talented players, there were plenty of optimists suggesting the team would soar to the top of the Western Conference. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Brooks Helps Rockets Stay Afloat Through Wave of Injuries

    Patrick Beverley returned to the starting lineup in Monday night's 126-113 win over the tough Portland Trail Blazers, guiding the Rockets with 17 points and three assists in 29 minutes. Despite missing a month with a broken hand, the Rockets' defensive-minded floor general showed no ill effects. It ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Terrence Jones Turns a Rockets Weakness Into a Strength

    Back in July 2012, I wrote a story about how the Rockets were loaded with power forwards, many of them undersized for the position. In addition to players already on the rosters like Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson, there were new guys like Donatas Montejunas and Royce White (God help us) and even ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Rockets Record-Setting Jeckyll and Hyde Nature On Display in Loss To Thunder

    Beat San Antonio. Lose to Atlanta. These are the kinds of wild mood swings we have come to expect from our Houston Rockets this season. But Thursday night was something entirely different. In fact, it's difficult to describe just how dramatic the difference between the first and second halves of the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    CSN Houston: Are the Rockets Making Progress with AEG?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, CSN Houston, and hundreds of thousands of attorneys collecting tons in billable hours met before bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur last Tuesday. There wasn't a lot of real news made during the hearing which is why the hearing got buried in the news -- that and the wh ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 5. Royce White

    I know right about now, after he assembled a roster that includes the acquisition of arguably the two best players in the league at their respective positions within nine months of each other, that to say "Hey, not all of Daryl Morey's moves have been that great" sounds like blasphemy. But, it's wo ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Early Christmas Present: An MVP Level Performance In Detroit

    In a perfect world, good NBA teams would like to be able to manage the regular season the way that the San Antonio Spurs do every year. Play your superstars around 70 games, know exactly which games to rest them (and maybe even win a few of those, like the Spurs did against Golden State this past Th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    The NBA's Weird Trade Rules Impacting How, When Rockets Deal Omer Asik

    Timelines in sports are a strange thing. While fans think of trade deadlines as ways to get excited about rumored swaps that include their favorite teams, mostly they are set by leagues based on paychecks and other mundane concepts. In the NBA, that includes all sorts of weird dates that are based o ... 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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    December 2, 2013

    Rocksgiving: Rockets on Six-Game Roll, Finish November 13-5

    n the month of November, the Rockets won three more games than the Texans lost in their entire season...so far. Such is the distinction between a team bottoming out and one clearly on the rise. The most recent evidence of both being a loss to the Patriots for the Texans and a win over the Spurs for ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Rockets Beginning to Roll with Come-From-Behind Win in Memphis

    Down 14 late and facing a tough division opponent on the road without your best player and with your second best not exactly lighting up the arena, it would not seem the odds would be in the Rockets favor to close out with a win, but that is exactly what they did Monday night in Memphis. After scori ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    James Harden, Rockets Must Compete Defensively to Contend for a Title

    In the second quarter of the Rockets game against Dallas on Wednesday night, James Harden was "guarding" Vince Carter on the perimeter if by "guarding" you mean "watching him as he goes sailing by before reaching out a hand and halfheartedly swatting at the ball from behind." Venerable Rockets TV pl ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Linsanity Not Enough to Prop Up Ailing Players, Defense

    Two games. Three overtimes. One win. After gutting out a win over Toronto in Houston, the Rockets lost in a single overtime to Philadelphia. In both games, Jeremy Lin was on fire, shooting a combined 20-38 from the field, 12-21 from three-point range, dishing 14 assists and scoring 31 and 34 points ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Rockets Edition

    Were you so inclined to look up the Best Rocket category from previous Best of HoustonĀ® issues, you would find these honorees for the last 10 years: Yao Ming (2003-2004, 2006) Tracy McGrady (2005) Shane Battier (2007, 2009-2010) Rafer Alston (2008) Luis Scola (2011) Chuck Hayes (2012) Let's start ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Your 2013-14 Noobs Guide to the Houston Rockets

    Maybe you haven't been watching the Rockets for a while. Maybe their abject mediocrity over the last, oh I don't know, 15 years, has left you complacent. Maybe you grew up during a time when the Rockets weren't winning titles and contending for championships. Or maybe you just didn't care that much. ... 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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    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Cover Story: Rockets' New Age Includes Twin Towers, Twin Minis Experiments

    It's been 30 years since the Rockets put two seven-footers on the floor at the same time. Those two, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, led the Rockets to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics, a team that included current Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Now McHale is tinkering with a tw ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Dwight Howard's Analysis Of His New Teammates

    We interrupt the obsessive Matt Schaub/Gary Kubiak coverage for some Rockets banter... You guys are cool with this, right? I'm not sure if you remember, but our NBA team in town is relevant again! (I'm saying this next paragraph in that prodding, "trying to remind you" voice tone.) Remember? The ... More >>

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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 27, 2013

    Linsanity The Movie Trailer Hits the Interwebs

    As if the hype for the upcoming NBA season, specifically for the hometown Houston Rockets, could not get any weirder, we bring you Linsanity, the movie. Between Dwight Howard's trips to Aspen and China, James Harden's commercials and Chandler Parsons being singlehandedly transformed into "the man wh ... 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 29, 2013

    More Daryl Morey Showing Off, Rockets Bring Back Marcus Camby

    Two years ago, with the curtain falling on the Rick Adelman Era here in Houston, the Rockets were closing out a 2010-11 NBA season where Chuck Hayes -- all six-foot-six (listed) of him -- had started 63 games for them at the center position. Now, we all love Chuck Hayes. We all love Chuck Hayes so ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Get Your Week Started Off Right! Dwight Howard Rally POV Instagram Video!

    It's official, Rocket fans! You can now rejoice (as if you haven't been rejoicing all weekend)! Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket! Rocket ticket agents can finally say his name without fear of reprisal, Daryl Morey can openly speak about him without sustaining a $150,000 parking ticket, and Jason ... More >>

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