3:19 PM EST, Wed March 04, 2015
Peachtree Hoops 7 hours ago

Josh Smith takes parting shot at 'bandwagon' fans in loss to Hawks

Josh Smith took offense to the boos raining down on him at Philips Arena but when he tried to answer it blew up in his face. Tuesday night wasn't the first time that Josh Smith had made the trip to Philips Arena as a member of an opposing team. Over the last two seasons, Smith has been treated to cheers with a smattering of boos. He has been the subject of torment during the game from the Atlanta's sixth man section but his jump shooting ways while with the Hawks and in Detroit made him a somewhat easy target. Things took a decided shift on Tuesday when Smith apparently grew tired of the...
Houston Chronicle 16 hours ago

Josh Smith returns to hometown of Atlanta only to be showered by boos

Rockets forward Josh Smith didn’t have the warmest welcome to his hometown Atlanta on Tuesday night. Smith, a native of the city, also played the first nine years of his career with the Hawks. He was booed throughout the contest on Tuesday. “It’s not emotional to hear that,” he said. “You expect a better outcome. […]
The Dream Shake 16 hours ago

Without James Harden, Rockets crumble and lose to Hawks

We really could have used the Beard in this one The Rockets were up 17 points in the fourth quarter on the Atlanta Hawks, who have the NBA's best record. The Hawks won, 104-96. It's as bad as it sounded. The Rockets were without James Harden because of a questionable suspension decision and they needed him. When the Hawks turned up their defense, the Rockets' offense with Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Josh Smith/Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas completely disappeared. It's hard not to feel cheated out of a signature win. Before the Hawks went on a 32-12 run to end the game, the...
Detroit Bad Boys Mar 2, 2015

NBA standings watch: Detroit Pistons two games back of No. 8 seed

Losers of three straight, the Pistons still find themselves within striking distance of a very crowded playoff picture. If the season started Dec. 26, the Pistons wouldn't be fighting for the "right" to play the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. They'd instead be bumping elbow with the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and maybe the Toronto Raptors for a series with home court advantage. They're 18-13 (.580) since waiving Josh Smith but there are no mulligans on the 28 games before that. Here's an updated look at the standings as of Monday morning, March...
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

Brewer, Smith embracing reserve roles

The Rockets bench has been one of its strong points since the additions of Corey Brewer and Josh Smith. Before the two of them, the reserves averaged 21.5 points per game. Now they average 35.1. Brewer said he and Smith are taking their roles seriously and that they are feeding off each other when they […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 28, 2015

Josh Smith says James Harden is top MVP candidate

Rockets forward Josh Smith has already decided that there is no other choice for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award that his teammate James Harden. While another MVP candidate, LeBron James, is coming to town on Sunday, Smith was adamant that Harden deserved the title this year. “What frustrates me the most – I wasn’t […]
The Dream Shake Feb 27, 2015

Josh Smith is everything the Rockets need him to be

The polarizing forward has completely turned around his play from his Detroit stint. The Rockets aren't healthy. Dwight Howard is out, James Harden is hobbled and they're not alone on the sideline. They've needed help. Enter Josh Smith. The much-maligned power forward was a bargain-basement pickup for the Rockets and GM Daryl Morey, but he's been the best version of what the team hoped he could be. It's been two months and 30 games that Josh Smith has been a member of the Rockets. He's had his highs during his stint so far (21 points on 8-17 shooting vs. the Clippers on Feb. 11) and he's...
Houston Chronicle Feb 25, 2015

Josh Smith considered Clippers before picking Rockets

Before Josh Smith became a Rocket in late December, he had several teams as options. One of those was the Los Angeles Clippers. “It was a team that was in consideration,” Smith said before the Rockets game against LA on Wednesday. He wouldn’t say how much he spoke with the Clippers or how serious he […]
The Dream Shake Feb 17, 2015

Josh Smith's Progress Report

Picked up for next to nothing, the man they call J-Smoove has become a crucial part of the Rockets, leading the second unit with an incredibly diverse skill set. Josh Smith has been a Rocket for 26 games now, over which time the Rockets' record has been 16-10. Since the Detroit Pistons released him, their record is 16-10. A lot was made initially about the Pistons' incredible surge after cutting loose one of their highest-paid players, and they do seem to just fit together better without Smoove, despite Brandon Jennings' ACL tear. The Rockets' winning percentage has dipped since they picked...

Josh Smith rising, Chris Bosh falling in updated top-130 ranks -- fantasy basketball

Brian McKitish updates his top-130 fantasy basketball rankings and outlines key storylines to follow heading into the season's final stretch.
Rotoworld Feb 12, 2015

Josh Smith posts another big line in loss - Josh Smith (F) Houston Rockets

Josh Smith came off the bench to hit 8-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's loss.
Detroit Bad Boys Feb 11, 2015

Since Josh Smith waiving, Greg Monroe has been among league's top big men

The Moose has been loose. It's been in typical understated Greg Monroe fashion that he's taken the step as one of the elite big men in the league. In the past month and a half of the post-Josh Smith era for the Pistons, the team's point guards have received most of the accolades - and they've deserved plenty of praise. Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin have stepped up brilliantly when needed most. But without the steady presence of Greg Monroe, their efforts wouldn't have mattered. Since December 22, Greg Monroe has averaged 16.5 points per game on an excellent 56 percent true shooting...
Houston Chronicle Feb 6, 2015

Josh Smith barely misses out on 4th career triple-double in win over Bucks

When the Bucks swarmed the ball on Friday night, Josh Smith knew exactly how to handle it. On possession after possession, Smith got the ball, drew in defenders and made an extra pass. Smith helped the offense flow and helped lead the Rockets to the eventually 117-111 win over Milwaukee. En route to the win, […]
Houston Chronicle Feb 5, 2015

Josh Smith calls landing with Rockets a ‘blessed situation’

• • • Rockets forward Josh Smith said since he left the Pistons and was picked up by the Rockets, he has started having “fun” playing basketball again. When Smith was waived by Detroit, the Pistons were losing and a lot of the blame was placed on Smith. Since joining the Rockets, his stats are […]
Detroit Bad Boys Feb 4, 2015

Pistons vs. Pacers preview: Back where it all began

The first game the Pistons played in the post-Josh Smith era was against the Indiana Pacers. They won. They meet again. The Pistons roller coast ride of a season went from a horrifying plunge to an exhilarating climb when the team released high-priced forward Josh Smith. The first game the team played after waiving Smith was against the Indiana Pacers, a game they promptly won behind dominating games from big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Now the Pistons go back where it all started with another game against the Pacers. Only this time, Indy is looking up at Detroit in the standings....

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