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Jan 21, 2021
Sun Sets on Rockets Comeback 109-103

Sun Sets on Rockets Comeback 109-103

If you wanted to know what a less athletic James Harden would be like... | Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Lather, rinse, repeat. The blue uniforms may be favorite of Rockets players, but the scoreboard disagrees. These uniforms are now (I believe) 0-4. Try some catsup and mustard if you want to win, Rockets. But do they want to win? And if they do, can they right now? Tonight the Rockets were only missing their only NBA level point guard in John Wall, Danuel House, and their other presumed PG Broderic Thomas, so it was a stacked roster by the standards of a couple...
Jan 20, 2021
Sun rise in Houston? Suns at Rockets.

Sun rise in Houston? Suns at Rockets.

What if I told you the Rockets signed a modern all-star center for relative chump change? | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Discuss The Game Today marks a time of great change. The NBA will now begin enforcing its “No Hugs” rule. This rules out the expected parade of embraces for referee crew chief Josh Tiven’s continuing existence as Not Scott Foster. The Rockets will once again not really be the team of recent hopes and expectations as John Wall, Sterling Brown, Danuel House, Dante Exum, and Brodric Thomas continue to be out. The Rockets will run Victor Oladipo...
Jan 13, 2021
James Harden’s Wake

James Harden’s Wake

Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via We will mourn his departure, and celebrate his times. “And you’ll miss me more as the narrowing weeks wing by. Someday duly, oneday truly, twosday newly, till whensday.” James Joyce, Finnegans Wake So now we place a #13 Rockets jersey down on the three point line, and light a candle at either end. James Harden isn’t dead, but he’s gone. The angry, strange, possibility of the time he occupied, the idea of Rockets Versus Mundum, the idea of that succeeding despite the accidents of history, and cap spikes, has died indeed. ...
Jan 10, 2021
Rockets Fall To Lakers 120-102

Rockets Fall To Lakers 120-102

Lebron James is grateful that he shoots FTs on his own offensive fouls. | Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Outrun. Some Rockets fans were excited by the early NBA season schedule, based on the short pre-season’s results. Not me. It seemed like the Rockets, with the Harden disruptions, many new players, new coach, would be shaky to begin the year. The early schedule was full of tough opponents, including two games against the NBA Champion Lakers. I may rail on NBA favoritism and the (perhaps) economic necessity that drives it, but make no mistake, the Lakers are excellent....
Jan 10, 2021
Lakers at Rockets Gamethread 1/10/21

Lakers at Rockets Gamethread 1/10/21

It’s big clash. The Champion Lakers bring a five game road winning streak into Toyota Center tonight. This has been a date circled on the calendar by more than just Christian Wood, as it is a playoff rematch with the Rockets against the eventual NBA title winners. Both teams have seen large roster changes, with the Lakers losing Rajon Rondo and Danny Green and adding Dennis Schodent, Montrezl Harrell and Mark Gasol. The Rockets changes of course you know about, but it should be interesting to see if the Rockets offense, with the new dimension brought back by pair James...
Jan 1, 2021
Rockets Squeak Into New Year With 122-199 Victory over Kings.

Rockets Squeak Into New Year With 122-199 Victory over Kings.

Me. It’s still about me. | Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Only the uniforms are (inexplicably) blue tonight. The Houston Oilers won their first game of the NBA season tonight, edging the Sacramento Kings 122-119. Wait, it was the Rockets, who for whatever reason, decided to look like both the old Houston Oilers, and also, uniforms worn (better, or more historically) by their opponent tonight, the Kings. It’s not that the uniforms look bad per se, but that they make no sense with anything in the Rockets past. (The San Diego Rockets wore green, gold and...
Dec 31, 2020
Kings at Rockets NYE 2020 Gamethread

Kings at Rockets NYE 2020 Gamethread

Wildcat Time | Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Rockets Look To Start 2021 In The Win Column The Rockets play their third game of the season, their traditional New Years Eve at home, though not with the traditional rival of the Mavericks or Spurs. There will be a limited number of fans in attendance tonight, so it’s a bit like The Old World. Tonight the Rockets play the Sacramento Kings, who are off to a nice start at 3-1, while the Rockets are looking for their first win of the season. This is the first time the Rockets will have a (nearly) full complement of...
Dec 30, 2020
Can Trading Harden Now, for Less Than Harden Was Then, Make Sense?

Can Trading Harden Now, for Less Than Harden Was Then, Make Sense?

Merely averaging 39 per game. | Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports It may not be a choice, but if it is... This is not a serious trade speculation piece. This is not even a silly trade speculation piece. I’d vastly prefer Killer James Harden just give it a year with the John Wall, Boogie Cousins, Potentially Good Eric Gordon, Christian Wood, 6’5” Assault Team, Rockets. Part of the reason is that I believe I have invested too much of my life into defending James Harden. He’s like having a brilliant, but controversial, child, in some ways. I KNOW he’s great. I...
Dec 27, 2020
Blazers Edge Rockets in Overtime 128-126

Blazers Edge Rockets in Overtime 128-126

Yeah. 44/17 - ho hum | Photo by Steph Chambers/ Shorthanded Rockets Fall Just Short Tonight in what was the Rockets official second game, but actual first game, they fell by two points in overtime. This is the sort of loss that might be disheartening. Except is it wasn’t. Tonight the Rockets fielded a team of nine available players. Three of those players were actually drafted in the NBA Draft. James Harden was chosen third in 2009. Bruno Caboclo was selected 20th in 2014, no matter how many years he might, or might not, be away. (He played all of 4 minutes in an...
Dec 26, 2020
Rockets at Trailblazers Gamethread

Rockets at Trailblazers Gamethread

GMs In Action! | Photo by Steph Chambers/ A Belated First Game Wish to Us All. Here it is at last. The first game of the 2020-2021 NBA Regular Season The Rockets initial game was postponed due to COVID-19 isolation and contract tracing as well as some James Harden drama. Because there is always James Harden drama now. Even when there is not any, some will be created. The Rockets have one more than the minimum eight players required to participate in an NBA game this season, and James Harden is one of them. John Wall, Boogie Cousins, Eric Gordon and Mason Jones will...

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