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Mar 1, 2021
Rockets vs. Cavaliers game preview: this looks familiar

Rockets vs. Cavaliers game preview: this looks familiar

Photo by Jason Miller/ The Rockets shot 4-45 from 3 last night. That won’t happen again. Hopefully. Houston played Cleveland the other night, with the Cavaliers winning 112-96. The Rockets will look to flip the result in order to avoid a 12-game losing streak. In the first matchup, the Rockets had no answer for Jarrett Allen (26 points and 18 rebounds). Houston was outrebounded by 28, and with Justin Patton still getting major minutes, that looks to continue tonight. Things are looking bleak, and with Christian Wood’s return still a little ways off and John Wall...
Feb 28, 2021
Rockets vs. Grizzlies game preview: right back where we started from

Rockets vs. Grizzlies game preview: right back where we started from

Photo by Justin Ford/ The last game that Christian Wood played this season: February 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The last time that the Houston Rockets won a game: February 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies. That’s clearly not coincidence. A coincidence is when a confluence of events happen at the same time. No, the Rockets are losing games via a direct effect of not having Wood available. Houston is on a 10-game losing streak, and Wood won’t be back tonight. Tonight is the start of a back-to-back, and the Rockets have generally played those pretty...
Feb 26, 2021
Rockets vs. Raptors game preview: it’s Canada in Tampa!

Rockets vs. Raptors game preview: it’s Canada in Tampa!

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Houston Rockets look to prevent a double digit losing streak from happening tonight when they travel to (checks notes)...Tampa? The Raptors have had to forgo their normal digs in Toronto for balmy Tampa Bay in Florida due to the COVID protocols in Canada. It has to be bittersweet for players, who get a nicer climate than chilly Canada, but are unable to enjoy it because of quarantine. I’m sure there’s also issues with family members and having to relocate to a new city. It’s a transition that has to be difficult for players and staff....
Feb 24, 2021
Rockets vs. Cavaliers game preview: when will the misery end?

Rockets vs. Cavaliers game preview: when will the misery end?

Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via The suffering potentially continues tonight for the Houston Rockets as they head to Cleveland to take on the 11-21 Cavaliers. Cleveland is coming off a 10-game slide that they just ended yesterday with a one-point win at home against Atlanta. So if any team understands the frustration that the Rockets are currently battling through, it’s the Cavs. That 10-game losing streak is the longest in the NBA this season, but at 8 straight Houston is pushing for that unfortunate honor. Cleveland is coached by former interim Rockets coach J.B....
Feb 22, 2021
Rockets vs. Bulls game preview: out of the cold and into the frying pan

Rockets vs. Bulls game preview: out of the cold and into the frying pan

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ After several days in the freezing cold, Houston is finally ready to host a basketball game! Like many Houstonians and Texans, I was without power and water for an extended period of time last week, all while freezing temperatures swept through the entire state of Texas. Cell towers were taken down due to overload, so for about 48 hours I had no contact with the outside world. Luckily, a stray email made it to the TDS family and Darren was able to cover the 76ers game preview for me. Much thanks to him and the rest of the available TDS staff...
Feb 15, 2021
Rockets vs. Wizards game preview: homecoming pt. 2

Rockets vs. Wizards game preview: homecoming pt. 2

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ The Houston Rockets are having a no-good, not fun, very bad stretch. Losers of five straight since Christian Wood’s injury, the Rockets are trudging through yet another road trip. This one got off to a poor start against the New York Knicks. Tonight, they take on a Washington Wizards team that just demolished the Boston Celtics yesterday afternoon. The Wizards are 7-17. They’ve dealt with COVID more than any other team, lost Thomas Bryant for the year, and have generally been dealt a bad hand this year. Bradley Beal will always have rumors...
Feb 13, 2021
Rockets vs. Knicks game preview: it’s not 1994 anymore

Rockets vs. Knicks game preview: it’s not 1994 anymore

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports The New York Knicks are 12-15 and currently sitting in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. That’s a surprise, but the Knickerbockers have a fun team and have proven that they can beat anyone, with wins over Milwaukee, Utah, and Boston early in the season. The Knicks brought in Tom Thibodeau in the offseason, which has resulted in allowed the fewest points per game. That’s a flawed statistic, but the Knicks also allow the lowest opponent field goal percentage and opponent 3-point field goal percentage. So you can probably find...
Feb 11, 2021
Rockets vs. Heat game preview: yet another nationally televised game that Houston will lose

Rockets vs. Heat game preview: yet another nationally televised game that Houston will lose

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Rockets finally return home, but they are on a 3-game losing streak. The Miami Heat come in on a 3-game winning streak. Six of Houston’s last seven games came on the road, and after tonight the Rockets head back to the East coast for a three game road trip. With the injury to Christian Wood and the inability to play John Wall and Victor Oladipo in back-to-backs, a heavy schedule has absolutely decimated Houston’s chances at making a real run. The Heat have gotten off to a slow start this season, through little fault of their own. The...
Feb 9, 2021
Rockets vs. Pelicans game preview: injuries are making this annoying

Rockets vs. Pelicans game preview: injuries are making this annoying

Photo by Jonathan Bachman/ After a tough loss against the Hornets, the Houston Rockets take on the team that used to be the Hornets. And they go from LaMelo Ball to Lonzo Ball. Oh, and because the NBA totally cares about national television games being competitive, the Pelicans haven’t played since Saturday so they’ve been resting at home and the Rockets played last night in Charlotte and had to fly in late. Sure, schedule makers. But “it evens out in the end” is what I keep hearing, so there we go. These teams played a week and a half ago, with the Rockets...
Feb 8, 2021
Rockets vs. Hornets game preview: Wall vs. Ball

Rockets vs. Hornets game preview: Wall vs. Ball

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via It’s funny how we were just talking about how the media has reduced the Memphis Grizzlies down to a single player (Ja Morant). Tonight, the Rockets take on a team that seemingly has one player. I’m sure that if I walked into the ESPN offices and asked their anchors to list five members of the Charlotte Hornets, they would say LeMelo Ball’s name five times. Okay, maybe Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier might get a mention, but nothing would be said about Malik Monk or Miles Bridges. The Hornets have Caleb and Cody Martin on the team,...
Feb 6, 2021
Rockets vs. Spurs game preview:

Rockets vs. Spurs game preview:

Photo by Ronald Cortes/ The San Antonio Spurs have dodged a couple of bullets when it comes to their games against the Houston Rockets. In the first two-game set between these teams, the Rockets barely had enough players to field a team due to injuries and the James Harden trade. Houston somehow won the first game thanks to 27 points and 15 rebounds from Christian Wood. He won’t be available tonight due to the ankle injury he suffered on Thursday night. I’m also convinced that the league forced the Harden trade through right before the second game between these...
Feb 4, 2021
Rockets vs. Grizzlies game preview: the future meets the...present?

Rockets vs. Grizzlies game preview: the future meets the...present?

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Writer’s Note: I am writing this preview before Houston’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Back-to-backs are tough on the preview writers too. When I think of the current iteration of the Memphis Grizzlies, I’m conditioned by the media to think of a few things: Ja Morant and...uh...other players? In all seriousness, if it feels like Morant is the only player on the Grizzlies, that’s because that’s all anyone hears about when it comes to Memphis. The mercurial guard is awesome and deservedly won Rookie of...
Feb 3, 2021
Rockets vs. Thunder game preview: regression comes for us all

Rockets vs. Thunder game preview: regression comes for us all

Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via The nice things about these two-game series in the middle of the season is that I get to be a bit lazy. You know who the Oklahoma City Thunder are because the Houston Rockets just played them two nights ago. There’s little to discuss in terms of OKC’s rotation or strategy. What is likely to be different is Houston’s shooting from deep. The Rockets shot 28-52 from the three point line on Monday, and while shooting 54% from deep every game is a solid strategy, it’s not reproducible. Usually, teams split home-and-home series. This...

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