Rockets End Dismal Season: Four Thoughts
The Rockets fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday as the season ended with a quiet but sickening thud. With franchise-shaping trades, unprecedented injury issues and a mixture of young, promising talent (nevermind a rookie season for both coach and GM), the Rockets enter the 2021 offseason after one of the most...houstonpress.com
Rockets Open Season: Six Thoughts
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsDespite the season ending in the fall, it feels like a long time since the Rockets were on the floor for meaningful games. This year, outside the bubble and with a slightly shortened season, you would think stability would be the key to success. For the Rockets, much will be about who will still be on the team by the time this season is over. Three players — John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and David Nwaba — are all recovering from achilles injuries that sidelined them last season.houstonpress.com
When Will the NBA Ramp Back Up and How Will the Rockets Fare?
For players like Eric Gordon who have struggled with injuries this season, the layoff may have helped him get healthy. But even when the NBA does finally return to cavernous, empty stadiums how long do they need to get ready and how much playing will be done? The Rockets are at 64, it seems unlikely the league will finish out the full season. The Rockets are currently in the sixth seed but only one game out of the fourth seed and two-and-a-half from the third. At the moment, we just don't know when and how the NBA will get started again.houstonpress.com
Rockets Crushed by Clippers in Disappointing Week
Facing an awful Knicks team, the Rockets got down early, made a run to come back, but fell short late. Related Stories Rockets vs Clippers: Scenes From The GamePlenty will be made by the national media that this a referendum on the Rockets small ball experiment. They remain fourth in the West, now two-and-a-half back of Utah and three-and-a-half back of the Clippers. But they are tied with Utah (the Rockets own the tiebreaker) and just one-and-a-half games up on Oklahoma City and two ahead of Dallas. The Western Conference is brutally tough and the Rockets can't afford to string together any more weeks like this one.houstonpress.com
Four Rockets Players Replacing Height with Toughness
The Rockets playing "small ball" seems to be about the only thing people can talk about these days. Being tough is often equated with being big, but there are four Rockets players who have serious defensive tenacity minus the vertical size advantage. He also has a low center of gravity allowing him to hold strong against players much larger than him. For years in practice, he would let young players post him up to work on their game around the basket. He pushes players much larger off of their positions with regularity and has earned respect around the NBA.houstonpress.com
Rockets Last Game of 2019, First of 2020 Will Be a Challenge
Once again, the Rockets end the year with a game on New Year's Eve. What has become something of a tradition at Toyota Center, however, comes with a fairly significant challenge in the Denver Nuggets. It might have been an unexpected loss until Harden was scratched from the lineup. That is in addition to Harden and Westbrook, the team's best players. These are the dregs of the season when teams slog through the winter months before both the trade deadline and the All-Star break.houstonpress.com
Rockets Have a Chance to Rack Up Some Wins, Improve Chemistry
The Rockets have a stretch of fairly easy opponents and, at some point during that run, Eric Gordon could return. The NBA will most certainly have ruled on the team's protest of the last game the Rockets lost in San Antonio. Regardless, expect the Rockets to put together a better effort against the Spurs before heading to LA to face the Clippers on Thursday. Of course, the Clippers, currently, are a half game ahead of the Rockets, so that will be an important contest for both teams. As schedules go, this is about as good as it gets for the Rockets all season and somewhere in there Eric Gordon could return from this injury.houstonpress.com
McLemore Might Need to Retain Starting Role with Rockets
And Danuel House, Jr. has been great as a starter for the Rockets this year. But, Ben McLemore may usurp House's starter's job if for no other reason than he is simply better as a starter. On Thursday night in a win over the Raptors, McLemore had 28 points including a career high eight three pointers. While House deserves starters minutes, there is a good argument to be made for McLemore as a starter purely based on the numbers. House won the starting job in training camp, even besting Gordon, who had been the starter for the Rockets last year.houstonpress.com
Harden scores 47 points, Rockets beat Clippers 102-93
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as LA Clippers' Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Houston. HOUSTON - James Harden scored 47 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Clippers 102-93 in a wild game that saw Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers ejected in the fourth quarter Wednesday night. Leonard led the Clippers with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench. Capela has had at least 20 rebounds in three straight games to become the first Rocket to do that since Moses Malone in 1982. ... Green had 20 points.
Rockets Face Tough Stretch Without Eric Gordon
But the combination of a very difficult next ten games and an injury to Eric Gordon threatens that early season success. On Tuesday, the team announced that Gordon would undergo a medical procedure on his knee and miss four to six weeks. Kawhi Leonard typically rests at least one game of a back-to-back set and the Rockets game is the first half of one such pairing. Given George should return Thursday, the Clips may opt to rest Leonard given the Rockets injury issues as well. Regardless, it is going to be tough sledding, particularly without Gordon, who is one of coach Mike D'Antoni's most trusted players.houstonpress.com
Harden scores 42, Rockets rout Bulls 117-94
KPRCCHICAGO - James Harden narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Houston Rockets pulled away in the second half and beat the Chicago Bulls 117-94 on Saturday night. Harden entered the game averaging 36.5 points on 38.7% shooting, including 27% on 3-pointers. The Bulls led by nine points (31-22) early in the second before the Rockets used a 24-7 run to take control and open a 46-38 lead with four minutes left in the first half. That was the Bulls second make in 17 first-half attempts from long range. Harden led the way with 11 points in the quarter.
5 keys to a great Rockets season
HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have been among the best teams in the Western Conference for several seasons. Here the top 5 keys to a successful season for the Rockets. But two seasons ago, in his 2nd season with the Rockets, he averaged 18 points per game and made 54% of his two-point field goal attempts. That's the Gordon the Rockets needs this season on a nightly basis. Westbrook will enter the season after a pair of minor offseason surgeries and some trouble with jammed fingers late in the preseason.
Chinese state media and Tencent suspend broadcast of NBA preseason games in China
Chinese state-run television network CCTV said it was suspending the current broadcast arrangements for the NBA's preseason games in China. Tencent, which owns the digital streaming rights for NBA in China, said it would also "temporarily suspend" the preseason broadcast arrangements. It follows a tweet made by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in which he showed support for the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The tweet, which was later deleted, drew strong criticism in the world's second-largest economy. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended Morey.cnbc.com
Houston Rockets extend Eric Gordon's contract
Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 13, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have signed guard Eric Gordon to a contract extension which runs through the 2023-24 season. In three seasons with Houston, Gordon has averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while recording the sixth-most three-pointers made (680) of any player over that span. The Rockets have won 75% of the games in which Gordon has scored 20-plus points (52-17 mark). Over the past six seasons, Gordon was one of seven players to have averaged at least 2.5 three-pointers made while shooting 37% or better from behind-the-arc.
Eric Gordon signs multi-year extension with Rockets, reports say
Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 13, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. HOUSTON - Late Friday night, the Houston Rockets agreed to terms on a lucrative long-term extension with shooting guard Eric Gordon, according to multiple reports. The Houston Chronicle first reported the deal that will have Gordon under contract through the next five seasons per the terms of the four-year extension. Gordon has averaged 16.8 points per game in his three seasons in Houston while shooting 36.4% on three-pointers. Reportedly, Gordon will receive $19 million per season over the four years of the extension.
What Will the Gamble on Jimmy Butler Cost the Rockets?
With just days before the opening of free agency, however, rumors are flying that the Rockets, in desperately hot pursuit of Sixers free agent forward and Tomball native Jimmy Butler, are ready to bet the farm if it means a shot at third star. He helped a surging Sixers team get just a bounce or two away from a birth in the Eastern Conference Finals. The problem is a complex set of math variables that basically makes a straight-up trade for Butler impossible for both teams. Gordon would be expendable given he plays a similar position to Butler, but Capela would leave a rather sizable hole in the front court where the Rockets are already short on length. Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta has been adamant that the team will surround Harden with the best possible players available.houstonpress.com