Rockets Rumors & News

  • Warriors survive Rockets, take Game 2

    CSN Bay Area "With the game in the balance, a Warriors team that punished itself with turnovers forced one from the Houston Rockets to secure a hard-fought 99-98 win Thursday night at Oracle Arena. After Harrison Barnes missed an acrobatic layup with 7.9 seconds the play, the ball found the hands Rockets..." May 22

  • Rockets’ Dwight Howard listed as probable for Game 3

    Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard is officially listed as probable for Game 3, the team announced Friday. Howard, who hurt is left knee in the opener, returned for Game 2 and played 40 minutes." May 22

  • Rockets blame being misplaced for failed final possession

    New York Post "Thursday night’s game between the Warriors and Rockets was terrific, with Golden State emerging with a thrilling 99-98 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. But the biggest talking point, despite the spectacular performances by several players on both teams, was Kevin..." May 22

  • Lil B Calls James Harden Out for Stealing His Cooking Dance, Threatens to Curse Him

    Complex "Question: If Lil B's Based God's Curse—the one that he's put on Kevin Durant a few times now—is so effective, then why hasn't he been putting it on Warriors opponents throughout the NBA Playoffs? He's a big Golden State fan, so it kind of seems like a no-brainer to us. From Anthony Davis to Zach..." May 22

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    Diamond Leung @diamond83

    Dwight Howard will play tonight.

  • Dwight Howard will play start in Game 2 "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will play Thursday night in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Howard was listed as questionable, and after a 15-minute workout before the game, the team decided he would participate. How effective Howard..." May 21

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    Kevin McHale says Dwight Howard went thru bout half of shoot around, trying to get comfortable with a brace. Game-time decision.

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Dwight Howard's uncertainty for Game 2 leads to big questions for Rockets "Dwight Howard was at practice, Dwight Howard was dressed for practice, Dwight Howard wanted to practice. Dwight Howard did not practice Wednesday. 36 hours before Thursday's Game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals is set to tipoff, Howard sat sullen as he spoke..." May 21

  • Dwight Howard sustains knee bruise in Game 1, hopes to be able to play Thursday

    The Score "The injury bug has taken yet another significant chunk out of the Houston Rockets. Rockets center Dwight Howard banged knees with teammate Josh Smith in the first quarter of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Howard was unable to make it past halfcourt and gingerly limped to the bench..." May 20

  • Warriors wake up, hold off Rockets in Game 1

    CSN Bay Area "In their first Western Conference Finals appearance since 1976, the Warriors did what they usually do when things turned tight this season. They locked down on defense and leaned on MVP Stephen Curry. Curry scored 34 points and the Warriors held the Rockets to 42.2 percent shooting over the..." May 20

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets list Dwight Howard as questionable with "a left knee injury."

  • Dwight Howard injures knee, but hopes to play in Game 2

    Yahoo! Sports "Nearly an hour and a half after watching the Houston Rockets fall in the Western Conference finals, injured center Dwight Howard slowly walked out of the locker room. Howard suffered a bruised left knee that limited him to 26 minutes during the Rockets' 110-106 loss in Game 1 on Monday night...." May 20

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    DEVELOPING: Dwight Howard heads to the locker room after apparent knee injury.

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Rockets' Patrick Beverley unlikely to play in Western Conference finals "The Houston Rockets are operating under the premise that perimeter defensive ace Patrick Beverley, out since March with a torn ligament in his left wrist, is unlikely to play in the forthcoming Western Conference finals, according to league sources. Beverley is scheduled to have his cast..." May 19

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    Mark Cuban @mcuban

    Congrats to the Rockets. Gotta admit I was wrong. A lot.of guys stepped up. Congrats @dmorey

  • Warriors favored over Cavs in Vegas to win NBA championship "The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title. Heading into the conference finals, the Warriors are 4-7 favorites to win the championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 5-2, followed by the Atlanta Hawks at 8-1 and..." May 18

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Early whispers out of Houston say Patrick Beverley will NOT be able to play in West finals. Something tells me Beverley wants to try, tho

  • Rockets’ playoff dreams stay alive after Game 7 victory over Clippers

    Houston Chronicle "Having come this far, through all that it took to get there, the Rockets would not be stopped. Not now. Not with so many obstacles overcome or demolished and so much of what they wanted all along in sight. From Dwight Howard missing half the season to falling into a 3-1 hole in the Western..." May 18

  • Jason Terry hopes his Game 7 experience will rub off on teammates

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Jason Terry has more experience than his teammates with most things that come up in an NBA career. He has better experiences in Game 7. “My biggest advantage is I’ve been in two Game 7s and I’m undefeated,” Terry said. “I’m very confident going in. I understand what it takes to..." May 17

  • Harden ready to get back on the court for Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden sat on the edge of his seat on the bench at Staples Center on Thursday night. He wore his red warmups and a grin that peeked through his signature beard. Harden, who had been Mr. Everything for the Rockets in so many games this season, was in a different role. He..." May 17

  • Rockets rally for historic Game 6 victory over Clippers

    Houston Chronicle "Clutch City has company. After two decades in which the legends that have loomed over all Rockets teams as a standard none could match, the Rockets on Thursday pulled off the sort of inexplicable and stunning comeback worthy of their championship ancestors. Never since has a Rockets team..." May 15

  • Dwight Howard wants to help Baltimore "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been greatly affected by the violence and unrest that engulfed the city of Baltimore. He wants to help the people there recover, and understand that working together is far better than working against each other. Howard's focus right now is helping..." May 15

  • James Harden feels fine a day after playing through a cold

    Houston Chronicle "A day after James Harden played through a cold, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Harden did not seem to have any greater issues, though the Rockets did not have any workout on Wedneday." May 14

  • James Harden has triple-double as Rockets roll past Clippers to force Game 6

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets needed a win to prolong their season, but they needed more. They needed a revival, to rebuild the determination and resolve that had failed them in Los Angeles. They got everything they needed, including a 124-103 blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers, sending the series back to..." May 13

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    Craig Ackerman @ca_rockets

    Per Kevin McHale, Josh Smith will start and TJones will come off the bench tonight.

  • Fan Shouts “KOBE” as Dwight Howard is Being Ejected "Kobe Bryant continues to haunt Dwight Howard ... at least judging by video of a heckler who used The Mamba to taunt D12 after he was ejected from a playoff game ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Moments after Howard was (mercifully?) booted from Sunday night's beatdown at the hands of the..." May 12

  • Dwight Howard fined $15,000 by league for forearm to Matt Barnes' head

    Pro Basketball Talk "It wasn’t the first technical foul that got Howard in trouble, when he jawed at a referee. Nor the second one early in the fourth quarter when he picked up his sixth foul and threw the ball at the feet of a referee — which got him ejected from Game 4. At least that meant he didn’t have to watch..." May 11

  • Trevor Ariza's Grandpa I'd 'Kick the S**t' Outta Matt Barnes If He Trash Talked Me! "Trevor Ariza's grandfather says if Matt Barnes tried to talk smack to him during a game like he did to James Harden's mother ... "We'd have to kick the s**t out of him!" Osvaldo Ariza was on his way in to Staples Center last night when we he made it clear ... the Ariza family doesn't mess..." May 11

  • DeMarre Carroll clarifies absence from Game 3's closing seconds "Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll on Sunday backtracked on his remarks following the Hawks' 103-101 loss in Game 3 as to why he wasn't on the floor for the game's final defensive stand. "To clarify what went on last night, me and Coach discussed the situation and we discussed the sub, and we felt..." May 11

  • Houston, you’ve got a problem: Clippers take 3-1 series lead with 128-95 win

    L.A. Daily News "Hack-a-DJ turned into Rout City on Sunday night at Staples Center. The Houston Rockets began fouling DeAndre Jordan with less than four minutes gone in the first quarter of Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series with the Clippers. It resulted in Jordan taking 28 free throw..." May 11

  • Rockets focused on feeding Dwight Howard in the post more often

    Houston Chronicle "After scoring 14 first-half points on Friday, Rockets center Dwight Howard did not score again, taking just three shots the rest of the game. That made getting the ball inside to Howard one of the chief topics of the Rockets’ video session and practice on Saturday. “We need to get him the ball..." May 10

  • James Harden calls Matt Barnes comments ‘disrespectful’

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said that the comments Clippers forward Matt Barnes directed at Harden’s mother were “disrespectful,” but that he would not be thinking about the incident when they meet in Game 3 in Staples Center. Barnes reportedly cursed at Harden’s mother in Game 2 in Houston...." May 09

  • Paul returns, Rivers stars in Clippers’ 124-99 rout of Rockets in Game 3

    L.A. Daily News "When Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Friday announced before Game 3 of his team’s Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets that Chris Paul would play, all eyes figured to be on Paul. By the time the third quarter ended, they were on Austin Rivers, son of Doc. The younger..." May 09

  • Matt Barnes in hot water over alleged comments towards Harden's mother "Los Angeles Clippers star Matt Barnes doesn't exactly play nice. The guy is constantly involved in fights, gets fined all the time for his comments about officials or his behavior on court, and generally is a bit of a rabble-rouser. Against the Rockets, the narrative that's coming out, before..." May 08

  • Rockets’ Corey Brewer fined for flopping

    Pro Basketball Talk "Corey Brewer drew a foul on Lester Hudson in the first quarter of the Rockets’ win over the Clippers last night, but it will cost the Houston wing. NBA release: Houston Rockets guard/forward Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules during..." May 08

  • Rockets rally to knock off Clippers in Game 2, even series at 1-1

    Houston Chronicle "The only thing the Rockets had in their favor was time. They were down in the series, down in the game and almost down the count. Trailing the Clippers by 13 in the second half on Wednesday, the Rockets had shown few signs of the turnaround that would come, but made a lineup change and a..." May 07

  • James Harden's Mom -- Matt Barnes Apologized To Me ... For In-Game Insult "James Harden's mother tells TMZ Sports ... Matt Barnes PERSONALLY APOLOGIZED Wednesday night ... after the L.A. Clippers star hurled an extremely rude comment to her during last night's NBA playoff game. Monja Willis wouldn't tell us exactly what Barnes said to her at the Toyota Center in..." May 07

  • Kevin McHale: If Clippers have problem with free throws, stop fouling

    Houston Chronicle "The Clippers complained on Wednesday about the Rockets taking a franchise playoff record 64 free throws, with Blake Griffin saying the Clippers would have to make fouls more obvious. But Rockets coach Kevin McHale said if the Clippers don’t want the Rockets to shoot so many free throws, they..." May 07

  • Matt Barnes reportedly talked trash to James Harden’s mom

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden went off in the second half to give the Houston Rockets a much-needed win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 Wednesday night. He looked like a man who was playing angry, and Matt Barnes may have had something to do with it. According to ESPN’s Calvin Watkins, Barnes was..." May 07

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Dwight Howard not concerned with lack of touches in closing stretch of Game 1 loss

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard had three field goals in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1, cutting the Clippers lead to one point. He did not take another shot the rest of the game. The Rockets had ample opportunities to get Howard touches, but he said he cannot concern..." May 06

  • Clippers ride big third quarter to 117-101 win over Houston Rockets in Game 1

    L.A. Daily News "It would have almost been understandable if the Clippers were still thinking about their thrilling first-round series win over San Antonio when they squared off with the Houston Rockets on Monday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at Toyota Center. If they were, they didn’t show it..." May 05

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    Dwight Howard reacts to Harden not winning MVP: "All of us are pretty upset he didn't win, but our goal is to win the championship."

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

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    Dwain Price @DwainPrice

    The MVP vote finished: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. LeBron 4. Westbrook, 5. Davis. I voted: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. Westbrook 4. LeBron 5. Davis.

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets have said he is out for season. McHale said yesterday "Pat won't be back."