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James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.
Rotoworld 4 hours ago

James Harden committed to playing better D - James Harden (G) Houston Rockets

James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.
Oklahoman 4 hours ago
James Harden defends his bad defense

James Harden defends his bad defense

Much has been said about James Harden's defensive shortcomings. The former Oklahoma City Thunder guard is defending his lack of defense, saying that it's a matter of him staying focused for an entire game. Harden does admit that there's a need for improvement from the Rockets' defense - himself included. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden told USA Today.Read more on NewsOK.com
Houston Chronicle Oct 16, 2014

James Harden (full), Dwight Howard (half) back for practice

Rockets guard James Harden went through all of Rockets practice on Thursday afternoon and center Dwight Howard went through about half of it. Harden, who sat out the last two preseason games with a sore hip should be available on Sunday when the Rockets play Golden State in McAllen, Texas. Coach Kevin McHale said he […]
The Dream Shake Oct 14, 2014

Rockets vs. Pelicans final score: Houston crumbles before Anthony Davis, New Orleans

With no Howard or Harden, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans were too much for the Rockets. The New Orleans Pelicans stomped the Houston Rockets Tuesday night, 117-98, giving the Rockets their first loss of the preseason after starting 3-0. Kostas Papanikolaou was the Rockets' best offensive player; Big Papa finished with 13 points on eight shots, 2 boards and 2 steals. Trevor Ariza had another solid, all-around game that will mean more when James Harden and Dwight Howard are in the lineup. The Rockets' pair of stars sat out for the second straight game, but it seems likely they will play in...
CSN Houston Oct 13, 2014

Howard, Harden out Monday against Phoenix

James Harden and Dwight Howard will sit out Monday night's preseason game against Phoenix.
Houston Chronicle Oct 13, 2014

James Harden to sit out vs. Phoenix tonight

James Harden will sit out tonight’s preseason game against Phoenix. Harden has been bothered by a bruised hip. The Rockets previously announced that Dwight Howard (knee) will skip the game as well to rest. The regular season starts Oct. 28 at the Lakers.
CSN Houston Oct 12, 2014

Rockets stars Harden, Howard sit out Sunday's practice

Dwight Howard and James Harden sat out Sunday's practice for the Rockets. Will they play this week?
Houston Chronicle Oct 12, 2014

Howard and Harden sit out Rockets practice Sunday

Rockets center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden did not practice on Sunday. Howard has been out since Thursday with a sore knee and Harden has a bruised hip. Neither injury is major, but both stars are taking precautionary rest since it is the preseason. Howard will not play in Monday night’s game when the […]
Houston Chronicle Oct 11, 2014

Harden: ‘Offense is going to be there’

After almost two weeks of practices and a couple of preseason games together, the emphasis for the Rockets is still defense. The team has spent very little time on offense, but guard James Harden said that isn’t a concern. “Offense is going to be there,” Harden said. “We can score our 110 points a game. […]
CSN Houston Oct 9, 2014

Harden leads Rockets over Memphis as Howard sits

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 21 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 113-93 preseason victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.
The Dream Shake Oct 9, 2014

Rockets vs. Grizzlies: Harden, frontcourt lead Houston to win over Grizzlies

James Harden looks great. The Rockets' bench guards don't, but it didn't matter in a largely easy win over the Grizzlies. The Rockets blew by the Memphis Grizzlies in their preseason home opener, 113-93, Thursday night without Dwight Howard. The Rockets' backups simply outclassed the Grizzlies, even though they got 21 minutes from James Harden, 19 from Trevor Ariza and 24 from Terrence Jones. Zach Randolph, on the contrary, played just eight minutes and Marc Gasol played just nine. The score doesn't mean nearly as much as the performance. Speaking of... My thoughts from the game: Yes,...
The Dream Shake Oct 9, 2014

Harden, Howard projected to maintain production

Basketball Reference expects basically identical production this year from the Rockets' stars. Can you taste it? Preseason has started, Dwight Howard's in foul trouble, and Basketball Reference has released its official player projections for the upcoming season, previewing every player's expected performance -- in terms of basic stats, per 36 minutes. Here's a brief rundown of what they say about Houston, and the perhaps unsettling conclusion on which B-Ref has landed. James Harden Basketball Reference expects James Harden to largely repeat his per-36 numbers from last year - mildly...

Mavs excited about 'synergy' for Parsons-Ellis pairing

DALLAS – During their time together at Team USA tryouts, Chandler Parsons and James Harden smoothed over any harsh feelings they might have following the small forward’s move up Interstate 45 in free agency. Really, who cares? The Parsons-Harden back-and-forth, as well as a couple other via-the-media exchanges with members of the Houston Rockets’ organization, made for spectacular summer gossip fodder. But that delightful drama is totally irrelevant at this point for Parsons from a professional standpoint.
CSN Houston Oct 7, 2014

James Harden to recruit Kevin Durant?

A report says the Rockets could be planning as far as the free agency class of 2016, with thoughts of using James Harden to recruit former teammate Kevin Durant to Houston.
Houston Chronicle Oct 6, 2014

Playoff loss an impetus for Rockets to get more physical

When Rockets guard James Harden went down hard in practice Friday afternoon, he didn’t mind. When he sat in the training room icing his hip, it was fine with him. When his teammates are going up against him in scrimmages the way they would an NBA Finals opponent, he is happy to take it. Harden, […]

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