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  1. Howard, Houston pass first test with win over Miami

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Houston passed the first test. The Rockets NBA’s have the best record since Jan. 1 (19-6 coming into Tuesday night) but a lot of that came against soft competition. That was the easy part, the next couple weeks come a series of tests against the league’s best — from that we’ll get a better sense…

  2. Phil Jackson on returning to Lakers (‘I don’t think so’) and coaching Rockets (‘I mean. Um’)

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memorial Service For Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss

    Only one thing will end rumors of Phil Jackson returning to coaching: His death. But Jackson is still kicking, answering questions at age 68 about when and where he might coach next. Of course, the Lakers – with whom he was a candidate before they ultimately hired Mike D’Antoni – came up first. Jackson’s 11…

  3. The Extra Pass: Recapping the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    adam silver sloan

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held in Boston this past weekend, the eighth in an annual series intended to bring the sports world and the advanced statistics community together to discuss common areas where the two fields can share and benefit from an increasingly abundant amount of raw data that measures athletes performing…

  4. Daryl Morey says he called Mark Cuban last summer asking to trade for Dirk Nowitzki

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    BOSTON – Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appeared on a panel with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Friday, as part of a negotiation discussion at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The two GMs were extremely open in detailing their perceived shortcomings and missteps in their personal negotiation processes, and one of the…

  5. Fan runs on court to talk to Kyrie Irving, gets tackled, arrested by security (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

    This is getting disturbing — three times in the past year a fan has gotten on the court in Cleveland. First there was the “LeBron come back guy” last season, then there was the guy who ran out wearing the Kyrie Irving don’t leave shirt earlier this season. Friday night another person ran out on…

  6. The Extra Pass: Is the second tier in West ready to challenge Thunder, Spurs?

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    We know Oklahoma City is a contender — despite their little three-game blip as they re-adjust to Russell Westbrook in the lineup, they are still 21-7 when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both play this season, they have a top-10 offense and defense when you look at points per possession. The same is true of…

  7. League suspends Kings’ Cousins one game for punch, fines him $20,000 for abuse of officials

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    The NBA League office just gave DeMa/rcus Cousins his own punch to the gut. The league suspended him one game for a punch to the stomach of Patrick Beverley in the Rocket’s easy win Tuesday night over Sacramento. Cousins will sit out Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (a battle for the worst in…

  8. Little kid shows up Dwight Howard by dashing between his legs for layup

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Is anyone in the NBA having more fun than Dwight Howard? He’s impersonating Kevin McHale, Instagramming a photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant, chanting ‘Howard Sucks’ to mock Lakers fans and giving free-agent advice as if he knows what he’s talking about. On the court, he’s playing better and playing for a better team…

  9. Clipper defense, Darren Collison lead L.A. to win over Houston

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    For both the Clippers and the Rockets, the conventional wisdom is the same: If they can defend well and consistently in the playoffs they move into contender status. Wednesday night it was the Clippers that defended when it mattered — the Rockets shot just 33 percent in the fourth quarter. Combine that with some impressive…

  10. Dwight Howard’s free agency advice to Carmelo Anthony: Follow your head not your heart

    Feb 26, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard should not be the guy on the top of your list for advice on how to make your free agency process go smoothly. Howard had an ugly, awkward exit after he forced his way out of Orlando,. He landed with the Lakers and was not healthy on a team that by the end…

  11. DeMarcus Cousins ejected after getting in face of referee (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston at Sacramento

    It was a frustrating night for DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings — from the opening tip the Houston Rockets  petty much did whatever they wanted. Houston led by 25 in the first quarter and never looked back — and in the third quarter that frustration bubbled over. Cousins had just gotten called for a foul…

  12. Tuesday night NBA grades: DeMar DeRozan is the Raptors go to guy

    Feb 26, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had watched the Winter Olympics in a snow fort…  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. He is the guy the Raptors go to in the fourth and what’s different than the Rudy Gay era is how he gets his points — it’s not isolations.…

  13. Curry floater, O’Neal block key dramatic Golden State win (VIDEOS)

    Feb 21, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Houston and Golden State put on a show — a sloppy, poor shooting show, but one filled with drama nonetheless. That included Stephen Curry hitting a floater over Dwight Howard and off the glass to send the game to overtime. Then in overtime, with 30 seconds to go and Golden State up one, Jermaine O’Neal…

  14. Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron would like to remind you he is good at basketball

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while freaking out that their are flying snakes (and not just those aboard a plane with Samuel L. Jackson)….  LeBron James, Miami Heat. LeBron James does bleed — we have now all seen it — blowing up the alien conspiracy theories out there. He also…

  15. Dwight Howard thought Lakers’ fans “Howard sucks” chants were funny (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans got their cathartic release of booing Dwight Howard and chanting “Howard sucks” at him Wednesday night while Howard and his new teammates showed why he made the right basketball move this summer as Houston routed the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard and the Rockets thought the chants were funny. As evidence, here is something…

  16. Lakers’ Jodie Meeks with insane behind-the-backboard shot (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There were not a lot of Lakers highlights from their blowout loss to Dwight Howard and the Rockets, but this certainly was one. Just more than a minute into the game Wednesday Jodie Meeks got the ball in transition and tried to draw the shooting foul, which means he had to take a shot. So…

  17. One Lakers fan leaves Dwight Howard hanging on high five (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:38 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Classic. Most Lakers fans have moved on from the Dwight Howard saga, but that doesn’t mean they like him. When Howard was walking off the court after the first half of his return to Staples Center Wednesday night he was high-fiving fans — watch the one guy pull his hand back and basically do everything…

  18. Dwight Howard gets booed by Lakers fans, responds with efficient 20 points in Rockets win

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:20 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    This game played out pretty much exactly as expected. Dwight Howard made his return to Staples Center and was lustily booed by Lakers fans. Then the game tipped off and the Rockets went out of their way to feed Howard in the post — he scored the Rockets first six points and had eight points,…

  19. Pau Gasol out Wednesday night for Lakers

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    It was always a long shot anyway, but the idea of the Lakers trading big man Pau Gasol at the deadline — most likely to Phoenix, but there were other talks including with Charlotte — always seemed to have the caveat that other teams wanted to see him healthy and back on the court. Not…

  20. LeBron, Kobe lead Forbes top 10 list of NBA endorsers

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    Forbes released its top 10 list of off-the-court NBA earners this week, and not surprisingly, a couple of the game’s biggest stars lead the pack. Before we get to the complete list, something stands out when looking at the dollars the top NBA athletes rake in, especially when compared to other sports’ stars. Thanks to…

  21. Kyrie Irving wins MVP of 2014 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2014

    NEW ORLEANS – At halftime of what was a record-setting 2014 NBA All-Star game, Kyrie Irving wasn’t on anyone’s radar as far as the game’s MVP award was concerned. By the time it was finished, he was the obvious choice. Irving finished with 31 points, five rebounds and 14 assists, and was the catalyst for…

  22. Kobe says he doesn’t want input on Lakers free agent decisions this summer

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    kobe all-star NOLA

    NEW ORLEANS – Kobe Bryant was voted in by the fans as an All-Star this season, an honor he received for the seventeenth time in his Hall of Fame career. He’s been sidelined with a knee injury since Dec. 20, however, so not only was he replaced in the lineup for the midseason exhibition, but he…

  23. All-Star smack talk: James Harden shows off Eurostep game winner to John Wall firsthand

    Feb 15, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Practices 2014

    NEW ORLEANS — The above play happened on Wednesday night — the Rockets were down one to the Wizards with four seconds left when James Harden lost his man John Wall on a Dwight Howard (moving) screen, got the ball out top, drove the lane, Eurostepped around the defender and scored the winning bucket. That play…

  24. Dwight Howard, on whether LeBron or Durant is league’s best: ‘I have to believe in myself as being the best player’

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard is back to being the player we saw in Orlando before undergoing back surgery in the summer of 2012, but whether or not the league’s fans are all the way back to adoring him the way they did after multiple dunk contest titles remains a bit of a question. Howard turned fans off…

  25. Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day. If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend,…

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