12:50 PM EDT, Fri April 19, 2019
1 hour ago

Shaq heaps praise on Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon on Sunday TODAY

Shaquille O'Neal had high praise for Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon when he was a guest on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, which airs this Sunday.
18 hours ago

Rockets expect tougher test in Salt Lake City

The Rockets won both playoff games in Salt Lake City last season and split the regular-season games in Vivint Smart Home Arena, but immediately after taking a 2-0 series lead, they reminded themselves that the Jazz will pose a much greater challenge at home than in the two blowouts in Toyota Center.
18 hours ago

P.J. Tucker's hot shooting helps key Rockets' fast start

Rockets forward P.J. Tucker came into the postseason shooting well, but not to any extreme that would indicate the way he would sink 3-pointers in the first two games of the playoffs. Tucker had made 34.8 percent of his 3-pointers in the final 10 games of the regular season, slightly off his 37.7 3-point shooting during the season as a whole when he averaged 7.3 points per game.
18 hours ago

Rockets bench comes through in first 2 games of playoffs

The Rockets were last in scoring off the bench during the regular season. But as with most things in the first two games of the playoffs, their reserves have outplayed the Jazz in the first two games of the series. The Rockets have outscored the Jazz off the bench, 32.5 to 28 points per game. The Rockets reserves had been outscored by an average of 35.3 to 27 in the regular season.
Apr 18, 2019

Harden's triple-double helps Rockets rout Jazz again

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a second straight rout of the Utah Jazz, 118-98, on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Harden, who recorded his third career playoff triple-double, had 25 points by halftime in a game the Jazz were all but out of after the first two quarters. Game 3 is Saturday night in Utah. It's the second straight season in which Houston has met Utah in the postseason, after facing the Jazz in the second round last year. The Rockets also won Game 1...
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets torch Jazz in Game 2

Strategies did not matter. Matchups were trivia answers.
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets fans get rowdy for Game 2 against the Jazz

Rockets fans showed up to Toyota Center to cheer on their team in Game 2 of their series against the Jazz on Wednesday night, and if they weren't in their seats on time, they missed the Rockets jump out to a big lead.
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets opt for Kenneth Faried's athleticism off the bench vs. Jazz

The Rockets, as expected trimmed the rotation to nine players, using Kenneth Faried rather than Nené as the backup center. That could change, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said, but he wanted to have Faried's athleticism and scoring for the matchup against the Jazz.
Apr 17, 2019

Jazz coach Quin Snyder describes James Harden's artistry

A day after Jazz coach Quin Snyder compared Rockets star James Harden to "artificial intelligence," he went back to last year's description, saying his ability to dissect defenses is "artistic."
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets' Clint Capela, Jazz's Rudy Gobert share a perspective on Notre Dame tragedy

While many around the world watched the news updates of the fire that devastated the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, Rockets center Clint Capela and Rudy Gobert, his Jazz counterpart and role model in the French League, had a special appreciation for the pain of loss in Paris and beyond.
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets VP Gersson Rosas to interview with Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves were granted permission to interview Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas for their open president of basketball operations position, a person with knowledge of the process said.
Apr 17, 2019

Rockets' James Harden wears Nipsey Hussle medallion before Game 2

James Harden arrived at Toyota Center for Game 2 against the Jazz wearing a chain honoring his late friend Nipsey Hussle.
Apr 16, 2019

Having learned from experience, Rockets prepare for tougher test in Game 2

As much as every team might expect an opponent trailing in a playoff series to be better in Game 2, with the Rockets facing the Jazz, it's not theoretical.
Apr 16, 2019

Rockets expect Donovan Mitchell to be 'twice as aggressive'

After holding Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell to 19 points without an assist on Sunday, the Rockets expect Mitchell to be more aggressive in Game 2.
Apr 16, 2019

Chris Paul, Quin Snyder trade compliments

When Jazz coach Quin Snyder praised the Rockets' ability to adjust, he said that Rockets guard Chris Paul is a better coach than he is. Paul was not buying it.