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Rip City Project Jan 11, 2018

Trail Blazers’ almost-good loss and Chris Paul’s no-good layup: Morning Blazer

This morning, we’re thinking about the Trail Blazers’ loss to the James Harden-less Houston Rockets. And we’re wondering if we should be mad at Chris Paul for running up the score. Hello there, Rip City. How’s things out there in Trail Blazers Land? Ready for your Morning Blazer? Well then, let’s get going. Trail Blazers […] Trail Blazers’ almost-good loss and Chris Paul’s no-good layup: Morning Blazer - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Jan 11, 2018
Chris Paul’s Big Night Lifts Rockets Over Blazers

Chris Paul’s Big Night Lifts Rockets Over Blazers

Without James Harden, Paul and Eric Gordon combine for 67 points in Houston’s victory. The Portland Trail Blazers headed into Houston to face the Rockets with high hopes tonight, owners of a three-game win streak and fresh off a convincing win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. As it turned out, Chris Paul’s 37-point performance for the was simply too much for the Trail Blazers to overcome on the second night of a back-to-back. Damian Lillard returned to action for Portland, his timely 29-point performance giving his squad hope in the fourth quarter. After trailing by double-digits most of...
Blazersedge Jan 11, 2018
Damian Lillard, Chris Paul Exchange Words After Last-Second Layup

Damian Lillard, Chris Paul Exchange Words After Last-Second Layup

Lillard and head coach Terry Stotts comment on Paul’s basket in the waning seconds. Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul exchanged words after Paul scored a basket with the clock running out and the game in hand 119-112. Paul and the Rockets could’ve dribbled out the last 15 seconds on the game clock, but Paul cut to the hoop and tacked on two more points for good measure. What was a seven-point win became a nine-point win, and Lillard made sure to find Paul after the layup: It appears Dame wasn't a fan of CP3's late layup ...
The Dream Shake Jan 8, 2018
Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview

Timing is everything. A month ago, a Rockets-Bulls game looked like a guaranteed Rockets win. Yet here we are, with Houston losers of seven of their last nine games and Chicago on a 11-6 stretch. Chicago’s defense is still nothing special, but neither is Houston’s these days. After starting out the year as defending fiends, the Rockets have turned into a sieve. Despite the injuries, the Rockets have the ability to throw out a lineup of Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, and Clint Capela. All are plus defenders, yet there’s Houston hemorrhaging points left and right...
The Dream Shake Jan 7, 2018
The new Chris Paul mascot is nightmare fuel

The new Chris Paul mascot is nightmare fuel

The new Chris Paul mascot may be meant to intimidate opponents. The Houston Rockets have dropped a metric ton of nightmare fuel into the Toyota Center with their new Chris Paul mascot. In a world of Cristiano Ronaldo busts and Pierre The Pelican reboots the new Chris Paul mascot is either meant to strike fear in the hearts of opponents or offer an abstract take on the mug of the well known State Farm spokesperson. C’mon. You gotta do the Point Gawd better than this. The man’s a future Hall of Famer and the team was undefeated when he put on a jersey for the majority of...
The Dream Shake Jan 3, 2018
Rockets too much for Magic despite missing James Harden

Rockets too much for Magic despite missing James Harden

Gerald Green and Chris Paul led the charge against Orlando. It wasn’t always beautiful and exciting, but the Houston Rockets did exactly what we would expect from them in blowing out an obviously inferior Orlando Magic squad 116-98. The Rockets were led by hometown Houstonian Gerald Green, who was playing in just his fourth game off the couch for the Rockets. Green finished with 27 points and 6 rebounds, and he shot 7-10 from beyond the arc. It seems like Mike D’Antoni’s bombs-away attitude is a good fit for the streaky shooter, as least as long as he stays hot. The Rockets also got 8...
Silver Screen and Roll Dec 31, 2017
Lakers vs. Rockets Final Score: Chris Paul polishes off Lakers in 148-142 double-overtime thriller

Lakers vs. Rockets Final Score: Chris Paul polishes off Lakers in 148-142 double-overtime thriller

This was the game that never ends. Until it did, with a Lakers lose. The Los Angeles Lakers almost made it two trips to Texas in a row with an upset victory over the Houston Rockets, but Chris Paul would put the finishing touches on the Lakers in a 148-142 double-overtime thriller. The Lakers gave one of their best efforts in the last few weeks, but couldn’t snap their losing streak to cap off 2017. Gerald Green nailed the three-pointer that forced the first round of overtime off a dime from Chris Paul. The Lakers had a chance to take the final shot with 17 seconds on the game clock,...
The Dream Shake Dec 31, 2017
Clint Capela expected to return today

Clint Capela expected to return today

The Rockets have a key player returning to the lineup for tonight’s contest. Not a moment too soon, Rockets center Clint Capela is expected to return the starting lineup in tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers. Already beset by injuries to starting point guard Chris Paul (who has since returned) and versatile bench wing Luc Mbah a Moute (who has not), the Rockets received a gut punch when they found out Capela would miss two games with a orbital fracture. Capela had just returned to the lineup after missing some time to a heel bruise, and the impact on the Houston defense...
The Dream Shake Dec 29, 2017
Rockets blown out by Wizards for fifth straight loss

Rockets blown out by Wizards for fifth straight loss

The Rockets lose yet again, this time by 18 points. The Houston Rockets looked tired from the get go. Despite the return of Chris Paul to the lineup, the Rockets could never find their groove against the Washington Wizards, looking every bit a team that suffered an emotionally taxing defeat the night before. Houston had no shooting legs, finishing with just 42 percent shooting from the field and 13-47 from beyond the arc in leading to a 121-103 pounding tonight in Washington. James Harden led the team with 20 points on 7-14 shooting, but he had 0 rebounds and just 4 assists in a game that...
The Dream Shake Dec 29, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs. Wizards

Game thread: Rockets vs. Wizards

The Rockets are getting some help tonight in the form of CP3’s return. The Rockets are on the ropes. They’ve now lost four consecutive games after rattling off a 14-game win streak. They blew a 26-point lead last night to the Boston Celtics. Twitter is dripping with hot takes. Just over a week ago, people were calling the Rockets a real threat to Golden State. Now it’s — “Same old Rockets.” The best way to twist the narrative back is to start winning, and to that end, the Rockets will have some reinforcements tonight. Chris Paul will make his return after missing the last three...
The Dream Shake Dec 29, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards game preview

I’m so disgusted by the loss to the Boston Celtics that I’m barely able to type coherently. But for you, I will try. I’ll always try. The Rockets are broken, but not beyond repair. We know how to fix Houston: health. Without Chris Paul, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and Clint Capela, the Rockets are a shell of their previous selves. My guess is that Mike D’Antoni wanted to keep Paul on the shelf for both of these games, but the collapse against the Celtics might force his hand. The Rockets are in a bit of a spiral and just look lost. The offense has no flow and the defense comes and...
The Dream Shake Dec 28, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs. Celtics

Game thread: Rockets vs. Celtics

The Rockets head to Boston to take on another top team that’s been struggling. The Houston Rockets meet the Boston Celtics tonight in a match up of formerly red hot teams that have suddenly gone cold. The Rockets’ troubles are enhanced by the fact they are battling so many injuries. There’s no Chris Paul tonight (though head coach Mike D’Antoni did say he hasn’t been ruled out for tomorrow), no Clint Capela and no Luc Mbah a Moute. As a result of so many injuries, the Rockets have gone out and signed former Celtic (and short-time ex-Rocket) and Houston native Gerald Green....
The Dream Shake Dec 28, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics game preview

Another day, another injury. As the Rockets look to be getting Chris Paul back at some point during this back-to-back against the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, the team learned that they would be missing Clint Capela for at least both of those games with an orbital fracture. Of course, the team is still missing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. With Houston missing at least two key cogs, we can expect the next few games to play out like the last few for Houston: competitive but ultimately futile due to a lack of depth. Briante Weber has gotten some burn recently and shown flashes, but...
The Dream Shake Dec 25, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview

First off, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of us at The Dream Shake. Hopefully everyone is safe today and able to watch some fun NBA action. The Rockets and Thunder have spent much of the year on opposite ends of the spectrum. While Houston started red hot with the seamless addition of future Hall of Famer Chris Paul to their James Harden-centric offense, the Thunder have floundered due to an inability to integrate their shiny new acquisitions into their Russell Westbrook-centric everything. Over the last few days though, that script has flipped. The Rockets aren't reeling but...
The Dream Shake Dec 22, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs. Clippers

Game thread: Rockets vs. Clippers

Houston looks to get back in the win column tonight against the Clippers. Well, with the win streak over, it’s a perfect time for the Rockets to start another one, as they take on a shorthanded Clippers squad in the final contest of a seven-game home stand. The Clips are without Patrick Beverley, Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari and Wesley Johnson, meaning the majority of their regular starting lineup is not playing. The Rockets, however, are almost matching that, with Chris Paul, Clint Capela, and Luc Mbah a Moute also sitting. It’s probably a wise move with a Christmas Day National TV...

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