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The Dream Shake Dec 11, 2017
Rockets win shootout over Pelicans for tenth straight victory

Rockets win shootout over Pelicans for tenth straight victory

Houston’s two stars led a comeback against a hot Pelicans team. The Houston Rockets trailed for most of the night, but some superstar play from James Harden and Chris Paul combined with some beastly work underneath from Clint Capela to spark a Houston comeback and a 130-123 Rockets win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Harden finished with 26 points, a career-high-tying 17 assists, and 6 steals, and he took over down the stretch with the game on the line, getting to the bucket for a layup, knocking down 2 threes and snagging a steal in the game’s final moments to seal the Rockets...
The Dream Shake Dec 11, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs. Pelicans

Game thread: Rockets vs. Pelicans

The Rockets look for their 10th straight win tonight at the Toyota Center. It’s good to be back after a week spent battling first a herniated disc and then a lovely case of the flu obtained over the weekend. I’m still pretty far from 100 percent, but good enough to sit on my couch under a blanket and type a few hundred words about tonight’s game and its recap. James Harden will thankfully be active for tonight’s contest after being added to the injury report earlier in the day with a bruised calf. James Harden (bruised calf) good to go for Rockets vs. Pelicans tonight.— Jonathan...
Rip City Project Dec 10, 2017

Trail Blazers come up short against the Rockets

The Portland Trail Blazers, unable to muster enough offense to outgun James Harden and the Houston Rockets, are outscored 40-19 in the final quarter and lose their fourth consecutive game, 124-117. Jusuf Nurkic? Out. Moe Harkless? Out. Houston Rockets? In. Uh-oh. That’s probably how most of Rip City reacted when it heard that the Blazers […] Trail Blazers come up short against the Rockets - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Dec 10, 2017
Harden Scores 48, Lillard 35 as Rockets Beat Blazers in Shootout

Harden Scores 48, Lillard 35 as Rockets Beat Blazers in Shootout

Mighty backcourts dueled in a high-scoring game but Houston’s interior play prevailed. The Portland Trail Blazers faced the Houston Rockets tonight without the services of center Jusuf Nurkic, recovering from an ankle injury. For three quarters, it didn’t look like they’d miss him. Damian Lillard hit threes like they were layups. Portland’s patchwork lineup hustled to fast break points and forced turnovers. If they couldn’t out-muscle or out-talent the Rockets, they’d simply outscore them. But even in the midst of amazing runs, the Blazers had no answer for James Harden and...
The Dream Shake Dec 10, 2017
Late comeback commands Rockets over Trail Blazers

Late comeback commands Rockets over Trail Blazers

Never count these guys out. After three subpar quarters, the Rockets rallied back from down 14 points heading into the fourth quarter to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117. James Harden had a season-high 48 points tonight and led the charge in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul also enjoyed a season-high with 26 points and seven assists. The Blazers did an excellent job tonight bringing Houston off of their game. Portland pushed Houston off of the three-point line and forced them to shoot difficult contested two-pointers all night long. The team was giving Houston fits in the early...
The Dream Shake Dec 7, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz game preview

On November 5, the Rockets went scoreless for almost six minutes against the stingy defense of a healthy Utah Jazz squad. In most years and against most teams, a six-minute drought is a death sentence. Offenses rule the land. Every team can score 110 points fairly easily (except maybe Chicago). Gone are the days of Jeff van Gundy squads getting into rock-throwing contests with opponents. Everyone has firepower now. Houston should have been in trouble. They won by 27. James Harden had 56 points on 25 shots. Much of the luster from this game was removed two nights ago with the Jazz...
The Dream Shake Dec 6, 2017
Chris Paul’s Presence Is Pushing Rockets Three Point Shooting To New Levels

Chris Paul’s Presence Is Pushing Rockets Three Point Shooting To New Levels

Chris Paul’s return has helped four Rockets improve their three point shooting by over 10 percentage points. As the Houston Rockets pursue the NBA’s single season record for three point makes and attempts Chris Paul’s mere presence is pushing the Rockets to new heights. The NBA’s top offense is hoisting 44 threes a game. An astounding four more shots than last year’s record breaking season. James Harden alone has 98 made threes on 242 jacks. There’s many factors behind the rise. No more Corey Brewer or Sam Dekker passing up open threes. An emboldened Eric Gordon. And the point...
The Dream Shake Dec 1, 2017
The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 49: Rockets riding high in the west

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 49: Rockets riding high in the west

Ryan, Ethan, and Max talk about how good the Rockets. Surprise! The Dream Shake Podcast: Episode No. 49 Hosts: Ryan Dunsmore, Ethan Rothstein, and Max Croes Chris Paul is back and the Rockets. Houston is undefeated in all 7 games with Paul in the lineup. The boys talk about: The Rockets are 17-4, in first place in the Western Conference. Houston is on a six-game winning streak, winning every game by at least 14 points. The Rockets are undefeated with Chris Paul in the lineup and have a net rating of almost +50 when he’s on the floor without James Harden. Harden is leading the league...
The Dream Shake Nov 29, 2017
Rockets grab sixth straight victory, rout Pacers 118-97

Rockets grab sixth straight victory, rout Pacers 118-97

Rockets maintain West’s best record. Despite a slow start, the Rockets rallied thanks to a dominant second half and defeated the Pacers 118-97 Wednesday night. Houston started off the game sloppy and lethargic and only managed 22 points in the opening frame. Balls were being deflected in passing lanes, shots were not falling, and calls were not going the Rockets’ way. All of the above combined with a stingy Pacer defense had the Rockets trailing after the first quarter. Houston was led by James Harden’s 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. All five starters scored in double figures,...
The Dream Shake Nov 29, 2017
Here's how insane the Rockets have been with Chris Paul

Here's how insane the Rockets have been with Chris Paul

It’s only been a handful of games, but Chris Paul, James Harden and the Rockets are making an early statement. In the lead up to the season, we heard every reason why the Houston Rockets would falter after combining two future Hall of Fame point guards together in the same back court. There’s only one ball. They both need to have control. Chris Paul and his clinical style would never mesh with James Harden and his more freewheeling approach. Some even predicted (or were hoping for) a disaster in Houston. We even heard it again while the Rockets were winning when CP3 was out with a knee...
The Dream Shake Nov 27, 2017
Rockets dump Nets for fifth straight win

Rockets dump Nets for fifth straight win

James Harden and Chris Paul send the Rockets past the Nets at the Toyota Center. The Rockets came out on fire against the Brooklyn Nets, putting up 43 points in the opening period, and never lost the lead on their way to a 117-103 win and their fifth consecutive victory. James Harden finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks, and he shot 13-20 from the field and 8-13 from beyond the arc. He was scorching from the start, putting up 20 points in the first frame on 6-6 shooting and finished the first half 9-10 overall from the field. In addition to Harden’s big...
The Dream Shake Nov 25, 2017
Rockets comeback to cruise against Knicks, win 117-102

Rockets comeback to cruise against Knicks, win 117-102

A shaky start turned into smooth sailing. The Rockets started off incredibly slow and were down by as many as 22 points in the first quarter. However, an MVP-caliber performance from James Harden lead the turnaround as the Rockets defeated the short-handed Knicks 117-102 in Toyota Center Saturday night. The Knicks came into this game coming off of a loss Friday night to the struggling Atlanta Hawks and the Rockets had not played since their dominant win Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets. New York also entered the game without their starting frontcourt as Kristaps Porzingis and Enes...
The Dream Shake Nov 24, 2017
Leftovers and basketball thoughts: Reflections on the Rockets after Thanksgiving

Leftovers and basketball thoughts: Reflections on the Rockets after Thanksgiving

There is lots to be thankful for in Rockets land. As I sit preparing to deliver the food baby inside me, here are some thoughts on what to be thankful for in Rockets world right now: The Rockets are in first place in the Western Conference roughly a quarter of the way through the season, and they have a win over the Warriors. James Harden and Chris Paul remain undefeated in games they’ve played together Clint Capela has taken a leap to become one of the best young centers in the league, a bona fide double-double machine capable of dominating the rim on both ends. Luc Richard Mbah a...
The Dream Shake Nov 22, 2017
Rockets pound Nuggets behind James Harden, Chris Paul

Rockets pound Nuggets behind James Harden, Chris Paul

The Rockets head into the Thanksgiving break on a high note. James Harden finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Chris Paul looked dominant in going for 23 points and 11 assists, and the Rockets jumped out to a massive 75-40 intermission lead that eventually led to a 125-95 defeat of the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets missed their first six shots of the game, but then proceeded to go 26 for their next 29 from the field in building a 35-point lead before the break that would eventually balloon to 50 at one point in the second half. Houston also used a suffocating defense to...
The Dream Shake Nov 21, 2017
TDS Tuesday 5-on-5: Adam Clanton Joins the Squad

TDS Tuesday 5-on-5: Adam Clanton Joins the Squad

SportsTalk 790’s Adam Clanton joins Jeremy, Adam, Xian, and Colin for this week’s roundtable. Since we last convened for our weekly discussion, the Rockets have been doing some pretty gnarly stuff. James Harden has made 48 consecutive free throws, and the Rockets scored 90 points in a half against the Suns. It’s the Suns, but it still counts. Also, Chris Paul is back. Things are exciting in Clutch City! Things are also exciting in Dream Shake Land as we welcome one of Houston’s best in sport radio and host of KBME, SportsTalk 790’s “The Bottom Line,” Adam Clanton. He joins us...

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