2:11 PM EST, Sat November 18, 2017
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A chat with Grizzly Bear Blues

A chat with Grizzly Bear Blues

We talk with GBB ahead of Saturday’s final game in our season series. The season series between the Rockets and Grizzlies comes to a quick conclusion tonight. The seventeenth game of the season will mark the fourth time the two teams have met. Memphis looks to win the series tonight while Houston looks to even it up. Ahead of tonight’s game, I spoke with Grizzly Bear Blues managing editor Joe Mullinax and asked him a few questions. Here are his responses: JB: What is Houston's biggest weakness so far? JM: Defense, I guess? But being 14th in the NBA in defensive rating is more forgivable...
19 hours ago
Rockets announce League of Legends esports team “Clutch City Gaming”

Rockets announce League of Legends esports team “Clutch City Gaming”

The Rockets are officially plugging Houston into the esports scene with a League of Legends professional team. The Houston Rockets are plugging in to the world’s most played online video game by spawning a Houston-based League of Legends professional esports team “Clutch City Gaming.” The news comes as little surprise to Rockets fans who know general manager Daryl Morey as a former member of the Major League Gaming board of directors who unabashedly trumpets esports. For the uninitiated... League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or "MOBA." If you’ve heard of DOTA 2...
Nov 17, 2017
Chris Paul returns to help James Harden, Rockets thump Suns

Chris Paul returns to help James Harden, Rockets thump Suns

The Rockets are already setting franchise records with Chris Paul in the lineup. James Harden scored 48 points, and Chris Paul returned to the lineup with a vintage double-double in just 21 minutes of action, while the Rockets set a franchise record with 90 points in the first half on their way to a 142-116 destruction of the Phoenix Suns. Paul and Harden, who were last seen on the court together in the Rockets’ season-opening win over the Golden State Warriors, picked up right where they left off, and they really turned on the jets in the first half. So much so that The Bearded One told...
Nov 16, 2017
Game thread: Rockets at Suns

Game thread: Rockets at Suns

CP3 returns on national TV. It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. Chris Paul returns to the lineup after a one-month absence. We’re all eagerly anticipating what the Houston offense will look like tonight with another play maker, though CP3 will be kept on a strict 20-minute limit. In addition for the Rockets, Nene will also return to the court tonight after sitting out with a foot injury, though Luc Mbah a Moute will miss the game with an illness. Luc Mbah a Moute is out with an illness for Rockets vs. Suns tonight.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 17,...
Nov 16, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns game preview

It’s the return of Chris Paul and literally nothing else matters. I can see it now: Houston struggles to integrate Paul quickly and soon fans call for the Rockets to just stick the ball in James Harden’s hands and play the same offense as last season. After all, that’s what got Houston 11-4, so that’s what works. Right? Wrong. The Rockets didn’t get Chris Paul for the regular season. The Rockets didn’t get Chris Paul just so Harden could keep running the offense and piling up unimportant regular season wins. The Rockets traded a chunk of their rotation for Paul because of April,...
Nov 15, 2017
Chris Paul will return Thursday night

Chris Paul will return Thursday night

The Rockets will finally get CP3 back on the court. He’s back. Chris Paul, the key offseason acquisition of the Houston Rockets, is finally expected to return to the lineup after sitting out a month with a bruised knee. Paul last played in the season opener against the Golden State Warriors back on October 17. Chris Paul returns tomorrow pic.twitter.com/prR6cZYgwf— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 15, 2017 Paul finished that game with 4 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists in helping lead the Rockets to an opening night victory over the defending champs, tantalizing us with...
Nov 14, 2017
Rockets fall to Raptors to end winning streak

Rockets fall to Raptors to end winning streak

The Rockets couldn’t get stops, and they couldn’t hit shots, and that’s a recipe for a loss. So with all this talk about improved defense for the Houston Rockets, they decided to instead show us the Rockets of old in allowing for the Toronto Raptors to put up a season high in points scored in what finished as a 129-113 defeat for the good guys that broke Houston’s six-game win streak. Houston also allowed Toronto to shoot 51 percent from the field, and the Raptors also had a season-high 76 points in the first half in what was probably the worst overall team effort on defense this...
Nov 14, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs Raptors

Game thread: Rockets vs Raptors

The Rockets are looking for their seventh win in a row tonight. Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets, Nov. 14, 2017, 7 p.m. CDT Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App Online: NBA League Pass, Rockets App Mavericks SBNation Blog: The Rockets are at the Toyota Center tonight looking for their seventh straight victory, as they take on the Toronto Raptors. Toronto has a 7-5 record and are no slouch, and the Rockets will be without Chris Paul for at least one more night (likely...
Nov 14, 2017
TDS Tuesday 5-on-5: Winning Feels Good

TDS Tuesday 5-on-5: Winning Feels Good

Jeremy, Ethan, Adam, Darren, and special guest Eric talk everything Rockets. Six straight wins for the Rockets have made them one of the NBA’s strongest teams to start the year. This week on the roundtable, we discuss the streak, Capela’s development, the return of Chris Paul, and what the week ahead has in store. This week, our guest panelist is former TDS contributor, friend of the blog and editor of The 94 Feet Report, Eric Spyropoulos. Thank you for participating in this week’s roundtable, Eric. Eric (ES) joins Jeremy Brener (JB), Ethan Rothstein (ER), Adam Sweeney (AS), and...
Nov 14, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors game preview

The Rockets are riding high on a six-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the league is so enamored with Boston’s 12-game winning streak that they don’t have time to discuss the Rockets much. Is this how the San Antonio Spurs usually feel? Because I kind of like it. Flying under-the-radar and winning big is a nice combination. Take care of business in one city and move on. The Toronto Raptors are 7-5 on the young season and are coming off a one-point loss to the Celtics in Boston. DeMar DeRozan (he of the four capital letters) missed two good looks late. DeRozan is obviously the stud of the...
Nov 12, 2017
Rockets dismantle Pacers for sixth straight win

Rockets dismantle Pacers for sixth straight win

The Rockets made it look easy tonight. The Rockets played the part of the West’s best team as they beat the Pacers 118-95 Sunday evening. Houston had the odds stacked against them coming off of a back-to-back against Memphis at home to travel to Indiana, lose an hour, and play an early evening game. The Rockets did not get into Indiana until roughly 12 hours before tipoff, but it did not seem to faze them. James Harden lead the team with 26 points and dished out 15 assists, two shy of his career high. Nine of those assists came in the first quarter as Harden set the quick tempo early and...
Nov 12, 2017
Game thread: Rockets vs. Pacers

Game thread: Rockets vs. Pacers

Rockets go for 11-3 tonight. Houston Rockets (10-3) vs. Indiana Pacers (6-7), Nov. 11, 2017, 5 p.m. CDT Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App Online: Rockets App Pacers SBNation Blog: Indy Cornrows In two tries last season, the Rockets failed to beat the Pacers. However, this is a very different Pacers team from when we last saw them. Houston will not have to worry about Paul George, who calls Oklahoma City home now, or Rocket killer Monta Ellis, who is...
Nov 12, 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers game preview

Full disclosure: I’m writing this preview on Friday before the Houston Rockets have even played the Memphis Grizzlies. So if anything crazy happened in that game, this explains why I am not mentioning said crazy event. The Indiana Pacers sit under .500 on the season. Their biggest offseason story was their trade of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. While Indy was bashed for making such a seemingly one-sided trade, both players have performed well so far in the young season. Oladipo is averaging 23 points on 46% shooting (45% from deep!) and...
Nov 11, 2017
Rockets get their revenge against Grizzlies, win 111-96

Rockets get their revenge against Grizzlies, win 111-96

After two losses earlier in the season, the Rockets got their win on the third try. The Rockets got the monkey, or Grizzly bear, off their back as they beat the Grizzlies 111-96 Saturday night. The Rockets started the game off with three makes from downtown and lead the game from start to finish. The offense showed up tonight where it failed to show up in their other two meetings with Memphis this season. The team scored 93 points after three quarters in this contest, and had failed to reach that plateau in either of their first two games this season after four quarters. To nobody’s...
Nov 11, 2017
Game thread: Grizzlies vs. Rockets

Game thread: Grizzlies vs. Rockets

Third time’s the charm for the Rockets. Memphis Grizzlies (7-4) vs. Houston Rockets (9-3), Nov. 11, 2017, 7 p.m. CDT Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App Online: Rockets App Grizzlies SBNation Blog: Grizzly Bear Blues The Rockets and Grizzlies meet for the third time this season, where the Rockets look to get on the board and the Grizzlies look to win the season series. Two of the Rockets’ three losses this season come at the hands of the Grizzlies and both games...