Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Dwight Howard gives Chris Paul a ride

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets mounted an epic run over the last few games to come from behind and overtake the Clippers, and advance to the Western Conference Finals. But they nearly didn’t make it, as the Clippers tried to come back at the end of Game 7. That comeback included a fair amount of intentional fouling, which teams do frequently when Dwight Howard, a poor free throw shooter, is on the court.

So here’s a Vine of Chris Paul fouling Howard by hopping on his back and hanging on for dear life. And because this is the internet, this Vine is set to Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

J.J. Watt has a blast at Game 2 of Rockets-Mavs series

By Jeff Case

The Houston Rockets are expecting a big playoff run in 2015, what with their fancy, new pregame intros and whatnot. Tuesday night’s Game 2 moved Houston to 2-0 in its series with the rival Dallas Mavericks and delighted the fans at Toyota Center — one of whom was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.

Before the game, Watt and his fellow Rockets fans were treated to a masterful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by 12-year-old Nicholas Connors:

After which Watt congratulated Connors on his rendition (and clearly shocked him in the process):

And lastly, Watt soaked up the Rockets’ win with some celebratory dancing:


VIDEO: J.J. Watt dances after the Game 2 win

Cavaliers, Rockets debut new intros for playoffs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’m in Cleveland right now covering Games 1 and 2 of the Cavs/Celtics series, so I got to see in-person the Cavs’ pregame introductions on Sunday afternoon, which were awfully impressive — Kevin Love actually mentioned getting fired up by them in his postgame comments. But it’s not just hot in Cleveland — every team in the playoffs brings it big-time, to give their team the best home court advantage possible.

Here are the new postseason intros from the Cavs and the Rockets…


VIDEO: Cavs court projections


VIDEO: Rockets Postseason

Rockets mascot gives Spurs fan cake in the face

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season winding down and several playoff matchups still to be determined, tensions are running high. So perhaps we can forgive Houston Rockets mascot Clutch, who saw a Spurs fan at a Rockets game and greeted him in a less-than-friendly way. Oh sure, it was probably just a “mistake,” that Clutch just happened to fall into a Spurs fan while he was carrying a cake. But he did hit the man square in the face…

(via FTW)

James Harden and Gregg Popovich compare beards

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs last night in a game between Western Conference teams with title aspirations. The Spurs won, 110-98, but that didn’t stop James Harden and Gregg Popovich, two hirsute men, from taking a moment to compare not their respective postseason fortunes but instead, their beards.

Dwight Howard pays tribute to fan who passed away

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard picked up a young kid during pregame warmups and helped him dunk the ball. That was apparently just the start of a great friendship. That young fan, James Fisher, was battling cancer, and Howard bonded with the boy. Fisher passed away yesterday, and Dwight took to Instagram to say goodbye.

Remember when Hakeem Olajuwon posted a quadruple-double?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.

This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.

So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…


VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double

Happy Birthday Moses Malone

Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Moses Malone.

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Malone committed to play college ball at the University of Maryland, but instead was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars and went directly from high school to the professional ranks.Two seasons later, the ABA and NBA merged and Moses joined the NBA. Malone spent his initial NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he showed his ability to rebound and score in the paint. After winning three MVP awards in six seasons in Houston, the Rockets traded him to Philadelphia, where he teamed with Dr. J and won the 1983 NBA title. Malone later became something of a journeyman, playing for Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio. He retired in 1995 with 16,212 NBA rebounds, good for fifth all-time. Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

To celebrate Moses’s big day, let’s go the videos…

VIDEO: Game Changers: Moses Malone


VIDEO: Moses with Red


VIDEO: Moses Nike ad

The Houston Rockets go full NBA Jam

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a day ago we saw the Phoenix Suns dabble in some #Throw Back Thursday greatness with a video that invoked some retro video game introductions. Well, the Houston Rockets have gone one further with this video, putting some of this season’s highlights through an “NBA Jam” filter and making a great video…


VIDEO: NBA Jam Rockets

The NBA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Did you wear green yesterday? It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, which in the U.S., at least, means we celebrate Irish culture and heritage. A simple way to do that is by wearing green, and we saw that throughout the NBA last night, from players to fans.

Here’s an entire gallery of pictures from Los Angeles, where the Clips made everything green for the night…

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In Houston, a couple of strategically placed leprechauns did their best to jinx the Magic…


(via SBN)

And in Cleveland, the Cavs want you to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you wear your green wig…


VIDEO: Cavs Day