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Rockets clinch playoff birth in blowout victory over the Pelicans

Rockets clinch playoff birth in blowout victory over the Pelicans

The Houston Rockets clinched their seventh straight playoff birth in a blowout victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.  Following a tough win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets took care of business with a 113-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday night, in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. With the win, the Rockets tied their regular-season series against the Pelicans, while clinching their seventh straight playoff birth. As the old saying goes, “Let the good times roll,” the Rockets had more than a good time in the Big Easy. Coming out of the gates...
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Rockets vs Pelicans game thread

Rockets vs Pelicans game thread

The Houston Rockets look to tie their regular season series against the New Orleans Pelicans.  Houston Rockets (46-27) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (31-43), Mar. 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. CDT Location: The Smoothie King Center New Orleans, LA TV: AT&T Sports Southwest Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App Online: Rockets App Pelicans SBNation Blog: The Bird Writes Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela Pelicans: Frank Jackson, Elfrid Payton, Kenrich Williams, Julius Randle, Anthony...
Mar 24, 2019
Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans game preview

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans game preview

Houston has had its fair share of head-scratching losses this season, but easily two of the most embarrassing losses have come against the New Orleans Pelicans. On the opening night of the season, the Pelicans walked into Toyota Center and dominated the Rockets on national television. A few months later, with half of their team injured, the Pels came back to Houston and stunned the Rockets behind a career game from Jahlil Okafor. Really, the Rockets should offer refunds to anyone who bought tickets to either of the Pelicans games at Toyota Center since the Rockets didn’t show up for...
Mar 23, 2019
James Harden deserves to repeat as MVP

James Harden deserves to repeat as MVP

Ridiculous numbers, a likely top-three seed in the clearly tougher conference, major defensive impact, and a cherry on top versus San Antonio. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beard should be your MVP. If James Harden’s entire 2018-2019 season had to be summed up in as few words as possible, it would probably be this: The Houston Rockets needed him to be the best player in the NBA, and he was. Very few generational players are given an opportunity to flex their superstar power. Fewer welcome it. And even fewer flourish in it. After a crushing loss to Dallas on Dec. 8 and descending to 14th in...
Mar 22, 2019
James Harden’s 61 Points Carry Rockets To 111-105 Win Over Streaking Spurs

James Harden’s 61 Points Carry Rockets To 111-105 Win Over Streaking Spurs

Harden tied his career high and went on a 13-0 4th quarter run against the Spurs to conjure a Rockets victory. James Harden put the team on his beard tying his career high with 61 points and conjuring a Rockets 111-105 victory against the red hot San Antonio Spurs. The Beard was unbelievable. In 37 minutes he went for 61 points on 19-34 shooting, 9-13 from three, 14-17 from the line, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and just 3 turnovers. In the first quarter he propelled Houston to an early lead by outscoring the Spurs 27-24 in the first quarter. The quarter ended with a 35-24 lead for the...
Mar 22, 2019
Rockets vs. Spurs game thread

Rockets vs. Spurs game thread

The Rockets are looking to get back in the win column tonight against the Spurs. The Houston Rockets look to get back on the winning track tonight when they take on their cross-state rival San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center. Kenneth Faried is expected to play tonight, and to that end, the Rockets are pretty healthy for this evening’s matchup. James Harden will be looking to continue putting the icing on his MVP cake. Here’s the starters for tonight: Rockets starters: Gordon, Tucker, Capela, Harden, Paul.Spurs: DeRozan, Gay, Aldridge, Forbes, White.Officials: Zarba, Brown,...
Mar 22, 2019
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game preview

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs game preview

Tonight’s game between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs will go a long way toward determining the winner of the Southwest Division. At the very least, the game will determine the tiebreaker between these two teams. If Houston wins, they win the tiebreaker outright on the back of a 3-1 head-to-head record. If San Antonio wins, the Spurs win the tiebreaker due to a better division record than Houston. The Spurs sit three games back of the Rockets, but just had a 9-game winning streak of their own snapped. San Antonio found their groove after a disastrous Rodeo Road Trip in...
Mar 21, 2019
P.J. Tucker talks defense and matching up against Golden State in playoffs

P.J. Tucker talks defense and matching up against Golden State in playoffs

P.J. Tucker is finally getting the national recognition he deserves, appearing on the Jim Rome show and also as the topic of a CBS feature. Rugged Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has been getting noticed of late. Head coach Mike D’Antoni’s talked this week about how Tucker is the perfect fit for what the team wants to do, and now the 6’5” swiss army knife has gone on the Jim Rome show to discuss several matters. First, P.J. dished to Rome about what it’s like guarding the opposition’s best player each and every night out on the floor. In the next segment, Tucker talked...
Mar 20, 2019
Last Second Foul Call Hands Grizzlies 126-125 Win Over Houston Rockets In Overtime

Last Second Foul Call Hands Grizzlies 126-125 Win Over Houston Rockets In Overtime

James Harden’s 57 points weren’t enough to prevent a foul call to put Jonas Valanciunas on the line with 0.1 on the clock in overtime. The Houston Rockets front office will be mashing refresh on the NBA’s two minute report after the Memphis Grizzlies pulled out a 126-125 win on a foul call with 0.1 seconds left. James Harden went for 57 points (ridiculously not a season high) including two heroic threes in the closing minutes of overtime. Those pulled the Rockets within two points, which led to a calamity of errors at the close of the game. While coming down the court up by two Delon...
Mar 20, 2019
Rockets vs. Grizzlies game thread

Rockets vs. Grizzlies game thread

The Rockets are after four in a row tonight in Memphis. The Houston Rockets head over to Memphis tonight to take on the Grizzlies, where the Rockets will look to keep their post All-Star break success rolling. Both teams will have adjustments to their lineups tonight. Grizzlies will start Delon Wright with Avery Bradley out, their 21st starting lineup of the season. With Shumpert starting for the Rockets, they will go with their 20th different starting lineup. https://t.co/vmGgdKs57c— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 20, 2019 Don’t forget to check out AK’s preview before...
Mar 20, 2019
5 Questions with Grizzly Bear Blues

5 Questions with Grizzly Bear Blues

See what Grizzly Bear Blues’s Parker Fleming has to say about the Grizzlies ahead of their contest with the Rockets tonight. With the Rockets heading to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies tonight, we asked our friends over at Grizzly Bear Blues for a little more insight into the Southwest foe. Thanks to Parker Fleming for participating in the discussion. You can follow him on Twitter @PAKA_FLOCKA and you can follow Grizzly Bear Blues @sbngrizzlies. Also be sure to check out what I had to say about the Rockets here on GBB. 1. What has been the goal of the Grizzlies’ season since dealing...
Mar 20, 2019
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview

The Houston Rockets took game one of their back-to-back last night against Atlanta. Tonight, they head to Memphis to take on another lottery team that would probably like a competitive game that ends in a close loss. The Grizzlies and Mavericks are tied at 28-42 for the sixth-worst record in the NBA and you can bet both teams know they need to “pass” the other for the best chance to jump into the top 3. The Rockets will hope to put on their blue suede shoes grab a win ten feed off of Beale Street. Their opponents haven’t been kind to guests like Muriel was at the Hollywood, but...
Mar 19, 2019
Rockets turn it up in 2nd half in 121-105 win over Hawks

Rockets turn it up in 2nd half in 121-105 win over Hawks

Clint Capela and Danuel House Jr. step up big in the Rockets’ win. The Houston Rockets flipped the switch in the second half to cruise to a 121-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. In the first half of the match, it began to look like the makings of a classic trap game. The Rockets came lumbering out of the gate, only making 4 3-pointers on 21 attempts, shooting 17-of-40 overall from the floor. Luckily for Houston, Atlanta didn’t look any better. The young Hawks team made only 6 of their 22 3-point attempts and fouled the Rockets 13 times. Thanks to the Rockets going...
Mar 19, 2019
Rockets At Hawks Gamethread

Rockets At Hawks Gamethread

Rockets Look To Continue Winning Ways In Atlanta The Rockets have been rolling lately, winning 11 of their last 12 games. The team seems mostly healthy, with a “rest rotation” of players beginning in preparation for the playoffs. So far Chris Paul, Austin Rivers and Kenneth Faried have had days off. Tonight Iman Shumpert and Nene will apparently rest. James Harden will not rest, because essentially he refuses to do so. James Harden is of course the Rockets main player. While we’d all like to recall some sort of team sports days of yore when coaches decided and players simply...
Mar 18, 2019
TDS’ favorite memories from the Rockets’ 22-game winning streak

TDS’ favorite memories from the Rockets’ 22-game winning streak

Writers from The Dream Shake share some of their favorite moments and memories from the Rockets’ 2008 winning streak. Eleven years after the Houston Rockets’ historic 22-game win streak back in the 2007-2008 season, a documentary about the team’s unlikely run will finally premier. In honor of documentary “Where Amazing Happened,” which you can catch on the team’s Facebook page Monday night at 7 p.m. central time, some of the writers at The Dream Shake would like to share their favorite memories from that unbelievable period. Conrad Garcia (@ConradBuckets) My favorite memory of...