Posts Tagged ‘Rockets’

Dwight’s Response To ‘Howard Sucks!’ Chants From Lakers Fans

By Nick Margiasso IV

With the Lakers down in the dumps in what seems like their lowest point in forever, Los Angeles fans got the chance to celebrate an age-old right of passage for all sports fans — taking their frustrations out on an ex-player. In this case it was Dwight Howard of the Rockets, who famously dissed them after one of the most frustrating seasons in Lakers history.

Upon his return in last night’s Rockets 134-108 drubbing of the Lakers, L.A. fans showered him with “Howard sucks!” chants at every opportunity. Dwight took it until he could no more, as he is wont to do when he thinks he is not getting the kind of attention he deserves, and did what any famously big kid would do. He mocked them by chanting it with them.

Oh, but his mockery did not end there. D12 took his show out of the spotlight of the Staples Center and back to the Houston team plane, where he continued to make the message clear via Instagram. Because, well, as Dwight would say, “Howard sucks!”

Rockets sound off on Lin’s GQ apperance

by Zettler Clay IV

New Rocket Jeremy Lin is expected to do a lot of things in Houston. Being the team’s resident fashion guru? Not so much. His teammates agreed.



Lin still is young (24), so there’s time for him to establish a semblance of sartorial splendor. For now, we’ll let Dwyane Wade and Amar’e Stoudemire headline that race.

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Jeremy Lin Skypes With Child Distraught Over Knicks’ Departure

by Micah Hart

A little background: continuing the trend of videotaping youngsters being heartbroken over the departure of their favorite athletes, a Knicks fan captured his five-year old bursting into tears after learning that Jeremy Lin would not be returning to the team.

As it turns out, Lin has access to the internet, found out about the video, and decided to try to cheer the youngster up via Skype:

A lot of people want to blame the Knicks for Lin’s departure, but obviously Lin had to know by signing an offer sheet with another team that leaving New York would be a possibility. Still, its easy to mend some fences with unprompted acts of kindness like the video above.

Something tells me Naim is going to be kicking himself someday for clamming up in the face of his idol, but then again, by the time he’s six he’ll have probably moved on to Kreayshawn or something like that.

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Gerald Green Wins The Dunk Contest A Couple Weeks Late

by Micah Hart

He didn’t blow out a birthday candle this time, but Gerald Green did throw down what NBA.com scribe John Schuhmann said might be the best in-game dunk he’s ever seen. You don’t want to miss this one, from Saturday night’s Nets-Rockets tilt:



My goodness. Welcome back to the League, Gerald. LeMont Calloway, I think you’ve got some work to do.

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Rajon Rondo Really Is Afraid Of Shooting In Clutch Situations

by Micah Hart

There is a lot of chatter out there right now about what the Celtics are gong to do (or not do) with Rajon Rondo before the trade deadline. Some think the Celtics have had it with his attitude and want him gone, while others think he is the one building block for the future Boston can least afford to give up. Some think his variety of skills makes him a nightmare matchup for every team in the NBA, while others think his lack of confidence in his own offensive game makes him a liability in late-game situations.

That last group got a little more ammunition* during Tuesday night’s Celtics-Rockets game. Let’s set the scene:

The Celtics led 84-82 with 22 seconds left when Houston’s Luis Scola missed a mid-range jumper for the tie. There was a bit of a scramble for the rebound, which eventually ricocheted right into the arms of Paul Pierce, who spied Rondo streaking downcourt all by his lonesome for the cupcake layup that might put the game out of reach. Or not:



Goran Dragic would tie the game with a basket on the other end for the Rockets, but Boston would go on to prevail in overtime 97-92 for the team’s fifth straight win, thus making Rondo’s flub a funny side note rather than a Greek tragedy.

With the win the Celtics moved within a game of Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead. Maybe the Celtics will be buyers, not sellers, after all?

* Just so we are clear, I am kidding when I say that this play would make anyone question Rondo’s late-game talents. You may question them all you like, but one missed layup where Rondo clearly loses control of the ball is not the same as refusing to shoot with the game on the line.

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Three for all: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who played three straight from Jan 6-8.

It took six tries, but we’ve finally seen a team pull off the undefeated three-play. I actually wasn’t sure we’d see a team survive the gauntlet all season, but as @tasmelas pointed out on Twitter last night, so far teams are undefeated in the third games of the stretch. Go figure.

Game 1: Thunder 109, Rockets 94 – Seems to me a big leg-up in handling these stretches is getting off to a fast start in Game 1 so you can conserve some energy. OKC led this game by 17 at the break, and barely broke a sweat in getting the home win. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Thunder 98, Rockets 95 – Playing the same opponent on consecutive nights (we’ve seen the Nuggets and Lakers do this already), the Thunder get a 17-point contribution from Nazr Mohammed (unlikely) and some clutch shooting down the stretch from Kevin Durant (quite likely) to hold off the Rockets on the road. The only downside was losing Eric Maynor to a knee injury in this game, most likely for the season. 4 points (3 for win, 1 for road)

Game 3: Thunder 108, Spurs 96 – Oklahoma City finishes in style with another impressive double-digit win, and shows why so many have them pegged as NBA Finals participants for this season. You may think this team is all Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the OKC bench had three players in double figures in this game, including 11 and four assists from rookie Reggie Jackson, who stepped in in place of the injured Maynor. 6 points (5 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

The Hawks reign was short-lived, as the Thunder finish one point shy of the max they could earn given their schedule, and assume the top spot with 12 total points.

Up next: The Minnesota Timberwolves get their Rubio on with three games in a row Jan. 8-10: at Washington, at Toronto, and home to Chicago.

Three for all Scoreboard:
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)

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Three for all: Houston Rockets

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Houston Rockets, who played three straight from Dec. 29-31.

Game 1: Rockets 105, Spurs 85 – Houston got off to a good start, beating the Spurs so badly that Gregg Popovich pretty much threw in the towel at halftime. 2 points

Game 2: Grizzlies 113, Rockets 93 – A road loss in Memphis is no surprise, and while Houston kept it reasonably close in the first half, the Grizzlies blew it open by outscoring them 31-16 in the third quarter. -1 point

Game 3: Rockets 95, Hawks 84 – The Rockets finish strong and then some, beating the Hawks at home and doing it fairly easily at that. Kyle Lowry had an NBA season-high 18 assists in the win, though none of them were as impressive as his one block. 6 points

All in all an impressive performance from Houston. Two double-digit wins, and the Rockets take an early clubhouse lead with 7 total points.

Up next: The Nuggets take on one of the stranger threesomes, playing the Lakers twice in a row and then the Bucks Dec. 31 – Jan. 2.

Previous three for alls:
—  L.A. Lakers

A history of NBA logos

by Micah Hart

Josh Cohen over at the Orlando Magic’s website has some time on his hands, like many of us right now, and has put it to good use with this rundown of the history of logos for each current NBA franchise.

There is tons of goodness in there, and you should click the link to see them all, but here are a few of my faves:

Denver Nuggets, 1976-81

The Nuggets hate rabbits, and other cotton-pickin’ varmints.

Fort Wayne Pistons, 1941-48

I for one would like to welcome our robot overlords.

Chicago Bulls, 1966-present

Give it up to the Bulls, the only franchise to have never changed logos. Timeless and classic.

Houston Rockets, 1971-72

This looks like it was ripped straight out of a Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. “I’m just a ball, yes I’m only a ball…”

New York Knicks, 1946-64

Frankly, I am speechless on this one. I have no idea what is going on here, and I don’t recall seeing many basketball players wearing capes either. The best part about it is that this was the team’s logo for eighteen years.

Milwaukee Bucks, 1968-93

I miss the days when animals on logos were friendly. This Buck just wants to play ball and have a good time, what’s wrong with that?

What are some of your faves?

Evolution of NBA logos [Orlando Magic]

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Yao Ming’s career, appropriately remembered via Taiwanese animation

by Micah Hart

We are all sad that Yao Ming is hanging it up after nine years in the NBA, but if that is what it takes to get a little Taiwanese animation retrospective for the big man’s career, well, I guess that’s a fair trade.*

*Just kidding. We’d rather still have Yao. But we do love a good animated reenactment.

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Conventional wisdom report: May 8th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Sunday, May 8.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

The only team with a 3-0 lead, the Mavericks will look to close out the Lakers in Game 4 today at American Airlines Center, where they’ve yet to lose this postseason. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki is playing so well, he even has ESPN’s Sports Guy starting to mention him in the same space as Larry Bird, praise normally reserved for deities and superheroes.

If the Mavs can close it out, they look to have the opportunity to get several days of rest for their veterans, as the Thunder-Grizzlies series is definitely giving off a seven-game vibe.

Give it up already:

L.A. Lakers

Dynasties rarely bow out gracefully — they often go down in spectacular and embarrassing fashion. The Lakers won back-to-back titles in 1987-88, then were swept by the Pistons in the 1989 Finals. The Pistons took the same route, winning two championships before getting swept themselves by the Chicago Bulls in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Rockets of the mid-90’s? Two straight in 1994-95, and unceremoniously bounced by the SuperSonics in a sweep in the 1996 conference semis. And then of course there was the end of the Shaq-Kobe Lakers, dumped by the Pistons in five games in 2004.

We already saw what happened to the Spurs earlier this postseason, and the same fate appears to await the Lakers later on today.

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