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Dec 4, 2022
Rockets Fall To Warriors 120-101

Rockets Fall To Warriors 120-101

This? | Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Twoes Hello dear Shakers. I had thought that watching this game in the morning after various things prevented me last night would provide more insight that reading the box score. It really didn’t. The Rockets, like the game against the Suns, started extremely poorly. Like the game against Phoenix, they came back, to narrow the score to four points. Unlike the Suns contest the night before, the Warriors made shots and pulled away, by roughly the lead they’d established initially. There are two ways of looking at this. One, the least...
Dec 3, 2022
Rockets At Warriors

Rockets At Warriors

Dunk it! No, where it goes in! Dunk it! | Photo by Kate Frese/NBAE via Back to Back Jacked Houston Rockets (6-16) v.s Golden State Warriors (12-11) December 3, 2022, 7:30 p.m. CT Location: LightYearsWorldofWarriorsUltiSteph-O-DomeLuxuryTaxRepeaterCentrePlex TV: AT&T SportsNet Radio: SportsTalk790 Online: Rockets App Suns SB Nation Blog: Golden State of Mind Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Kenyon Martin Jr., Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun Warriors: Stephen Curry and His Magical Mouthpiece, Jordan Poole, Wiggo, Draymondaine, Kevon...
Dec 2, 2022
Five Out: and About What?

Five Out: and About What?

Very nice, now make a layup. | Photo by Matthew Stockman/ The NBA is frightened of thunder? Only a day off the proposed Thursday Meeting of The Five Outers. Illness (nothing major) has struck my home, but I am here for you all the same! Second Night Quitters? Of all the things we have seen gone wrong, and in many ways, right for the very young Rockets, one of the worst ones reared its ugly head (as the kenning goes) on Wednesday. The Rockets, with one day in between games to practice and prepare for the Denver Nuggets, after holding them close for two and half...
Nov 29, 2022
Nuggets Pull Away Late-ish Over Rockets 129-113

Nuggets Pull Away Late-ish Over Rockets 129-113

It Was Glorious, Until They Ruined It. | Photo by Matthew Stockman/ The Took The Duel From Us, Though. If you will forgive me, reader, I wrote quite a lot for Five Out, so this may be a recap that mostly talks about the game, rather than general Rockets topics in the context of the game. he anticipated freakout with Bruno Fernando starting didn’t happen, as Alperen Sengun started and went to town. This was the Rockets third game in four nights, and they did not stretch their win streak out to three games. They competed, and stayed roughly level in a first half...
Nov 28, 2022
Rockets At Nuggets

Rockets At Nuggets

That was great, but I need, ah, less. | Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/ How about you DON’T play against your idol? Denver Nuggets (12-7) vs. Houston Rockets (5-14) November 28, 2022, 8:00 p.m. CT Location: It All Smells Like Weed! Ball Arena TV: AT&T SportsNet Radio: SportsTalk790 Online: Rockets App Nuggetz SB Nation Blog: Denver Stiffs Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon , Jabari Smith Jr., Bruno Fernando Neggets: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Christian Braun?, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic Possible...
Nov 27, 2022
Five Out: Late Thanksgiving Bonus Edition

Five Out: Late Thanksgiving Bonus Edition

Future NBA Scoring Champ? | Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/ Big Plans for Everybody Welcome again to a Belated Holiday Five Out. I had intended to write this for either Wednesday or Friday around Thanksgiving. Obviously that didn’t happen. I’ll plead the excuse of “The Rockets didn’t even play until Friday”, but honestly, it was food, and family. This is kind of what you get in the niche superfan end of the sports writing market. Anyhow, I’ve decided to formalize my “player plan” comments here, instead of covering the NBA. I’ll hit that again on...
Nov 20, 2022
Warriors Edge Rockets 127-120

Warriors Edge Rockets 127-120

A Very Bright Spot | Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via A Klassic Klay Effort Gets Warriors 1st Road win When I write the Golden State Warriors edged the Houston Rockets, it might look odd, given the 7pt win. But it was the nature of the win that really did make it close. Steph Curry made one of the most unlikely shots I’ve ever seen, and Klay Thompson made 10 3pt shots, going 10-13 from distance. All in all this was one of the tougher losses of the season, and it took Curry, Thompson and Wiggins going 23-38 from three to edge the Rockets. I’d be surprised if...
Nov 20, 2022
Rockets Host Warriors

Rockets Host Warriors

Patience in Short Supply? | Photo by Bob Levey/ Houston Rockets (3-13) Olden State Warriors (7-9) November 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m. CT Location: The Center of The Toyota, Houston, Texas TV: AT&T SportsNet Radio: SportsTalk790 Online: Rockets App Warriorz SB Nation Blog: Golden State of Mind Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Maybe Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Maybe Alperen Sengun Warrios: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney Out: Rockets: JaeSean Tate, Bruno Fernando, Maybe Kevin Porter Jr., Maybe Alperen...
Nov 19, 2022
Rockets Stumble Into 99-91 Loss To Pacers

Rockets Stumble Into 99-91 Loss To Pacers

Would have been nice to get a win for The Big E. | Photo by Bob Levey/ We’ll Always Have The First Quarter First off, tonight the Rockets retired the #44 jersey of NBA legend, Hall of Famer, first Black player at University of Houston, and the long-time Houston resident, Elvin Hayes. He was a magnificent college player, and won the NBA scoring title in his rookie season. This jersey retirement came so late primary because Hayes spend the middle years of his career as a Baltimore/Washington Bullet. You can’t say his peak years, because he averaged 28 points and 17...
Nov 18, 2022
Pacerzzz At Rockets!

Pacerzzz At Rockets!

Green. Light. | Photo by Tom Pennington/ Talk about the game here. Right here. Houston Rockets (3-12) Indiana Pacers (7-6) November 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. CT Location: The Center of The Toyota, Houston, Texas TV: AT&T SportsNet Radio: SportsTalk790 Online: Rockets App Pacerzz SB Nation Blog: Indy Cornrows Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Not Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner Out: Rockets: JaeSean Tate, Bruno Fernando, Kevin Porter Jr. Pacers:...
Nov 17, 2022
Five Out - 11/17/22 - Moon Rockets

Five Out - 11/17/22 - Moon Rockets

That’s what I call a rocket! | Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via NBA Scoring! Development Challenges! Blocks Parties! Blogging Comeback! Welcome back to Five Out, appearing every Thursday at unpredictable times! As always, run to the corner Houston Rockets fan! Run! Return of The Blogs? So much of NBA commentary, and really, fan participation, happens on Twitter now. I genuinely think it, far more than any other major social media platform, helped fuel the growth of the NBA. If you aren’t aware, many people think the Twitter platform is due...
Nov 15, 2022
Rockets Fall 122-106 to Clippers

Rockets Fall 122-106 to Clippers

He can do that. | Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/ Third Time in 13 Games! Tonight the Houston Rockets played the Los Angeles Clippers for the third time in 13 games, and lost for the third time. So playing the Rockets has been beneficial to the Clippers and not as good for the Rockets. Whatever schedule idea lead to the Rockets flying from Orlando to Toronto to New Orleans, and playing close to a quarter of the first roughly fifth of the season against a single team? I hate it. Right now with the Rockets there are two stories under way. One is the story of the season...
Nov 14, 2022
Rockets. Clippers. Again.

Rockets. Clippers. Again.

It’s on the way. | Photo by Sean Gardner/ Third time’s the charm? Los Angeles Clippys (7-6) vs. Houston Rockets (2-11) November 14, 2022, 7:00 p.m. CT Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas TV: NBA TV Radio: SportsTalk790 Online: Rockets App Clippers SB Nation Blog: Clips Nation Projected Starting Lineups Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun Clippers: Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson, Terrence Mann And His Earth Band, Four First Names, Marcus Morris Sr. III, Invincible Zubaz Hey, the Rockets, and their putrid 2-11...
Nov 10, 2022
Five Out Series - The 15%ish Mark

Five Out Series - The 15%ish Mark

Starting Player Now | Photo by Mark Blinch/ A Better Week for the NBA. Welcome back to Five Out, wherein the NBA doesn’t looks quite as grotesque as last week. This week features more Houston Rockets content, as the NBA (and the Nets specifically) seem less intent on self-immolation. Note - I’m hopefully going to stick with Thursday for Five Out, as that’s a TNT game night, and the Rockets aren’t likely to be playing, so it doesn’t interfere with gameday stuff. Could The Rockets Be Better? Could the very young and inexperienced Houston Rockets be better? Some...

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