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  1. Jeremy Lin on coming off the bench: “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal”

    Oct 30, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    When the Houston Rockets tip off the season Wednesday night, Patrick Beverley will be out on the court as the starting point guard. Jeremy Lin will be in his warm-ups on the bench, waiting for his name to be called by coach Kevin McHale — Lin will be the sixth man for the Rockets, at…

  2. Chandler Parsons leaks Patrick Beverley, not Jeremy Lin, to start at point for Rockets

    Oct 29, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook

    The last couple of preseason games, Patrick Beverley started at the point for the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin came off the bench as the sixth man. We’d written before this could be coming. It was something the Rockets had toyed with all preseason. Yet Kevin McHale was going all Bill Belichick when asked about his…

  3. What to expect from LeBron and the Heat?

    Oct 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    You’re busy, so I’ll save you some time: a championship.  They’ve won two straight, basically their entire squad is coming back, and their best guy is the most dynamic and exciting player since Michael Jordan.  The Heat have all the tools they need to make a run at a three-peat – but even with them…

  4. Commissioner-to-be Adam Silver is a big fan of advanced stats

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Deputy NBA commissioner Silver speaks during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

    If you fear that the NBA is being taken over by people who just love advanced stats… well, you’re right. Come February 1 Adam Silver will be the Commissioner of the NBA — and he loves advanced stats. Silver was at the early days of the SLOAN Conference at MIT (almost an annual convention of…

  5. Will the Nets or Rockets make a Finals splash?

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Flash back to April 26, 2012. The Nets closed the season with their six straight loss, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Rockets picked up a meaningless win that day, but they had just lost seven of their previous eight games to ensure they’d miss their third straight postseason. Both teams had…

  6. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz remain far apart in contract talks with deadline approaching

    Oct 26, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    The deadline for teams to agree to contract extensions with players in the final year of their rookie contracts is Oct. 31, and Gordon Hayward is someone that the Jazz would like to lock up with a long-term deal before that date passes. Utah already signed big man Derrick Favors to an extension worth $49…

  7. Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol engage in preseason shoving match (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The first quarter of the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday was far more eventful than the team would have liked. Early on, James Harden left the game with a knee contusion after being fouled on a three-point attempt by Quincy Pondexter. He did not return, although the injury was not believed to…

  8. James Harden leaves Rockets preseason game after suffering knee contusion (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    James Harden left the Rockets’ preseason finale against the Grizzlies on Friday after suffering a bruised right knee just seven minutes in. The play, as seen in the video clip above, occurred when Quincy Ponder fouled Harden on a three-point attempt. The rest of the details, from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Harden stayed…

  9. James Harden put on a show Thursday night (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Media Day

    The Rockets took on the Spurs Thursday night, and aside the fact the game was shown on TNT it mattered as much as every other preseason game. Still, James Harden put on a show. There was the no-look fast break pass to Chandler Parsons, then there was the unstoppable step-back jumper (hey, Marco Belenelli is…

  10. Houston’s point guard battle still interesting, up in the air

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    Monday night the focus around the Houston Rockets was how Omer Asik and Dwight Howard would play together. And the answer was Asik was really rusty and so the whole thing was awkward, but it’s too early to tell how it ends (probably with an Asik trade). However, I still find the point guard battle…

  11. NBA.com GM survey predicts another big season for Heat, LeBron James

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The annual NBA.com GM survey is pretty much a spot check on the conventional wisdom around the NBA. It’s not the place you see daring picks or gain deep insight. It’s generally a lot of guys picking the favorite. This year’s survey shows the conventional wisdom is “good luck beating LeBron James the Heat.” In…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Last season: The Rockets began the year with the somewhat surprising trade for James Harden — surprising because of the Thunder’s choice to deal him so soon instead of pursuing a title with him in place for one more season. It was the right call on Houston’s part, as Harden immediately turned into the offensive…

  13. James Harden with the alley-oop to Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

    Oct 17, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Media Day

    We bring this to you for a couple of reasons. One is we love a good alley-oop, and James Harden with Dwight Howard running on the break with him put together a nice one here. The other is to point something out — Dwight Howard has played well this preseason. He didn’t put up big…

  14. Jeremy Lin has huge game in Taiwan (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Fancisco Garcia

    Right at the start of Sunday’s exhibition game in Taiwan, Jeremy Lin stepped up and knocked down a three. Linsanity never really died in Lin’s ancestral home of Taiwan and by the end of the game Sunday it felt like New York at the peak of the craze. That opening three sparked a first half…

  15. Dwight Howard says ‘it doesn’t matter’ who starts at point guard for Rockets

    Oct 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Rockets with Dwight Howard are going to be one of the more fascinating teams to watch as we enter the upcoming NBA season. With the drama of where Howard will play finally behind us for the first time in two years, and with the former Defensive Player of the Year expected to be 100…

  16. Jeremy Lamb is off to a cold start for Oklahoma City

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    James Metecan Birsen, Jeremy Lamb

    Two preseason games is far too early to draw any sweeping conclusions about anything NBA related. But it might be enough to start to raise some concern in Oklahoma City. The Thunder need a sixth man who can come in off the bench and light it up. That was the Kevin Martin role (and before…

  17. Kevin Durant tells Sixers players how to deal with coming tanking

    Oct 7, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Kevin-Durant seattle

    It’s going to suck to be a Philadelphia 76er player this season. And fans. But it’s not fun for the players, either. They are the poster franchise for “getting worse to get better” — or “woeful for Wiggins,” or organizational tanking, whatever term you prefer — and they may not break the 20-win barrier this…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  19. What if Russell Westbrook is never quite as explosive again?

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is just 25 years old and diligent about recovery from the meniscus injury he suffered last playoffs. We’ve seen him throw his crutches into the pool, but we’ve now also seen him need a second surgery to clean everything up. Still, he has said when he comes back he will be the same…

  20. Report: Dwight Howard hit 8 of 10 free throws with his eyes closed

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    I can hear the Lakers fans now — “Why didn’t he just shoot them that way last season? Couldn’t have been any worse.” Free throw shooting has been Dwight Howard’s kryptonite on the court, he shot just 49 percent the last two seasons (he is a career 57.7 percent from the stripe). It leads to…

  21. Report: Stan Van Gundy told Dwight Howard to go to Houston

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard are still tight. Despite all the drama in Orlando a couple years back they text regularly and both say they have a good relationship. What, you’ve never fought with a friend then made up? That’s what we guys do. So when Dwight Howard was faced last summer with the…

  22. Westbrook has knee surgery Tuesday, will miss 4-6 weeks of regular season

    Oct 1, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This is bad news for the Thunder — not “the season is lost, woe is me” kind of news but for a team with championship aspirations it is a step back. Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to reduce swelling on Tuesday, the team announced. The big news — it pushes back…

  23. Dwight Howard explains in detail his reasons for leaving Lakers to join Rockets

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Both the Lakers and the Rockets have opened their training camps for the upcoming season, which means the summer’s drama involving Dwight Howard and his free agent decision is now officially behind us. At media day in Houston, Howard made the cold but realistic statement that he left the Lakers because he wanted to win…

  24. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  25. Harden, Howard say Durant/Wade twitter feud legit (and Harden is Top 10)

    Sep 26, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade sits with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after his team defeated the Spurs in Game 7 to win their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    The other day Kevin Durant said James Harden belonged on the list of the Top 10 players in the NBA, not the aging Dwyane Wade. Which meant Wade responded to him and soon we had a little twitter war going. Was it real or did this spring from the imagination of a Gatorade marketing executive…

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