For Better and (Mostly) Worse, Rockets All In on Youth Movement
Today, the Rockets are one of the worst teams in the NBA with a team made up of mostly young players, interspersed with a handful of veterans like John Wall and D.J. Augustin. And it has become clear that the team is focused on building for the future and taking the lumps that come with those growing pains.houstonpress.com
Nets lose Harden but beat Rockets, move into first in East
Houston Rockets' Kevin Porter Jr. (3) and Jae'Sean Tate (8) defend against Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a season-high 12 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame the loss of James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 120-108 on Wednesday night and move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Harden sat out the fourth quarter against his former team with right hamstring tightness, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Rockets jumped to a 24-6 lead, with an 8-for-9 start that included makes on all five 3-point attempts. The Rockets listed the injury as a left knee effusion and it's unknown whether it will keep him out longer.
Five Brights Spots at the End of the Rockets Long Dark Tunnel
Support UsThere is no point in trying to gloss over 18 straight losses by the Houston Rockets. There are silver linings for this Rockets team too. Stephen Silas and Rafael StoneIt could be argued that the Rockets team of coach and GM resembles that of the Astros circa 2015. Draft picks can make valuable trade pieces and could jumpstart the rebuild process as quickly as a young star fresh out of college. Whatever the case, it should give fans hope that, despite the losing, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Rockets.houstonpress.com
Rockets Drop Sixth As Injuries Mount
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsAs ice cold as it has been in Houston the last couple days, the Rockets recent stretch may be even colder. Deciding what to do with Oladipo, a pending free agent, may be the most important decision the Rockets make this season regardless of wins and losses. Yet, they remain just three-and-a-half games out of the eighth spot, five games out of sixth. Still, with injuries mounting and chemistry generally non existent, it won't be long before the team is forced to direct its attention to the offseason.houstonpress.com
DeRozan has 30 as Spurs hold on for 111-106 win over Rockets
San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket in front of Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)(AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off a late charge from the Houston Rockets for a 111-106 victory Saturday night. John Wall made a layup for Houston with less than 30 seconds left, but Patty Mills hit two free throws for San Antonio to extend it to 109-104. Tucker made two free throws for Houston after that, but Rudy Gay made two for San Antonio to secure the victory. A 3-pointer by David Nwaba got Houston within eight in the third, but the Spurs scored the next five points to push it to 82-69.
The Newest Rockets for Newbies
Support UsThere have been more turnovers this offseason with the Houston Rockets than we have seen in quite some time and that is saying something considering the number of moves made by previous GM Daryl Morey. John WallLet's start at the top with John Wall, the third Rockets All-Star point guard in three years. Even more than Wall, Wood has become the impact player the Rockets have wanted from the center spot for years. Both are 30 and if they can recover from their injuries offer the Rockets something of a new feel and attitude. Nwaba has bounced around the league playing on four teams in four seasons prior to joining the Rockets.houstonpress.com