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  1. As expected, Zach Randolph gets $25,000 fine for saying refs favored Harden, Rockets

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS. HOUSTON ROCKETS

    “It’s obvious. It was the refs tonight. I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, (James Harden) is shooting a free throw every time. We out there playing hard. They dictating the game. It can’t be like that, man. We’re out here playing, too.  It was a horrible game…

  2. Zach Randolph: Rockets played Grizzles ‘eight against five’

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    James Harden,Jon Leuer,Zach Randolph,Tony Allen

    The Houston Rockets shot 40 free throws to the Memphis Grizzlies’ 20 in a Houston win Thursday, and Zach Randolph is not happy about it. Randolph, via ClutchFans.net: “It’s obvious. It was the refs tonight,” Randolph said. “I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, the man is shooting…

  3. The Extra Pass: A big test for the Clippers; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Pressure reveals character, and the last minutes of the Clippers road matchup with Portland did just that. Down the stretch, both teams played perfectly to their strengths. The Blazers ran everything through LaMarcus Aldirdge (32 points) on the left block, surrounding him with three-point shooters and daring the Clippers to double. The Clippers, meanwhile, put the…

  4. Thursday night NBA grades: Teague, Aldridge play big in overtime

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while playing the Breaking Bad game… Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks. Teague had a nice game before entering overtime — he had 22 points and 7 assists in regulation. However, he finished with 12 points and 3 assists in the extra 10 minutes and controlled the…

  5. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  6. Dwight Howard spent some real coin on teammates Christmas Day presents

    Dec 26, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Houston Rockets

    I bet Kobe Bryant never got anything this nice from Dwight Howard. In the 146,385th sign that Howard is much happier in Houston than he was in Los Angeles, he put together this video of talking about his Christmas gifts for his teammates… admit it, you want to be one of his teammates right now.…

  7. The Extra Pass: LeBron and Kobe miss each other once again, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES – The reason behind the NBA scheduling a Christmas Day marquee matchup between the Heat and the Lakers had nothing to do with the current fate of the respective franchises, and everything to do with potentially getting to see two of the game’s biggest stars competing in a rare head-to-head matchup. A Finals…

  8. Christmas night NBA grades: Durant is on the nice list, the Nets get a lump of coal

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:26 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to get that “Christmas Jammies” song out of your head….  Brooklyn Nets not named Deron Williams. If you want to blame everyone in a Brooklyn uniform (ugly, Christmas Day sleeved uniform) for that disaster of a loss, I can’t blame you. They were…

  9. Rockets look like a team figuring it all out in win over Spurs

    Dec 25, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

    You don’t want to read too much into one regular season game, especially one in December. However the Rockets 111-98 win over host San Antonio had you asking a couple questions: 1) How good will Houston be if they can stay healthy and find some consistency? 2) Is San Antonio playing a step slow this…

  10. Carmelo Anthony out with sprained ankle, will not play Christmas Day vs. Thunder

    Dec 25, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    NBA: Knicks v Magic

    The best laid plans of mice and David Stern… have been blown up by injuries. In another blow to the NBA’s Christmas Day showcase lineup, Carmelo Anthony will not play due to a sprained ankle suffered Monday night. Anthony wanted to go, came to the arena and met with the team’s medical staff, but the…

  11. PBT Extra: Previewing Rockets at Spurs Christmas Day battle of Texas

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

    Dwight Howard (along with James Harden, who has a sprained ankle and could miss Wednesday’s game) have changed the dynamic in Houston. This is a good team now, one that could develop into a contender. Being a contender is still measured by how you fare against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.…

  12. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  13. Jeremy Lin back Monday for Rockets; James Harden out with ankle sprain

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    The good news for Houston: Jeremy Lin will be back and in the starting lineup for the Rockets Monday against Dallas, which is good news with Patrick Beverly out for about six weeks with a fracture in his hands. The bad news: James Harden is sitting out Monday to rest the sprained ankle he tried…

  14. Taj Gibson, Brandon Jennings get flopping warnings from league

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The league had a special Christmas greeting from Santa for the Bulls’ Taj Gibson and the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings: Stop flopping. Or you’re getting a lump of coal. Gibson got his for this play against the Cavaliers, and while it’s an embellishment doesn’t seem like it was as bad as some stuff that goes uncalled.…

  15. Patrick Beverley fractures hand, out up to six weeks

    Dec 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Patrick Beverley

    Patrick Beverley, relative to an average starting point guard, is not crucial to his team. He can run a decent offense, but James Harden handles the ball more for the Rockets. He can hawk the ball on defense, but Dwight Howard drive Houston on that end. So, this news isn’t the end of the world,…

  16. LeBron, Kobe top NBA jersey sales list during holidays

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    He’s the reigning NBA MVP, won the last two NBA titles, earned the last two the Finals MVPs… And not surprisingly, LeBron James sells a lot of jerseys. The NBA released the top selling jerseys from the start of this season (October through December this year), which includes the holiday buying rush, and not surprisingly…

  17. The Extra Pass: Golden State’s Elevator Screen plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s Golden State’s Elevator screen play: The “Elevator” screen is one of the most aesthetically pleasing plays you’ll see in the league, particularly when it’s run by Golden State. That’s in large part because any possession that ends in a…

  18. James Harden takes free throws on one foot after rolling ankle (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    James Harden

    Early in the third quarter Sunday of what would become an ugly Rockets loss to the Kings, James Harden rolled his ankle on a play where he was fouled by Ben McLemore. Rather than leave the game, Harden took his free throws while lifting his tweaked left ankle. And he nailed them. By staying in…

  19. The Extra Pass: Deron Williams is the difference for Nets; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    By Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – It was only a week ago that the Nets were a sinking ship on the verge of capsizing completely, following consecutive losses at home where the team didn’t even seem capable of competing much less staying close enough to win for anywhere near the requisite 48 minutes. Jason Kidd may…

  20. Thursday night NBA grades: Any more questions for LaMarcus Aldridge? Didn’t think so.

    Dec 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the association on a busy Thursday night, or what you missed while worrying about what could happen to Santa’s home due to global warming… LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. I’ve been saying he is the best power forward in the game all season (yes, better than Kevin Love) and he showed…

  21. Deserving or not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade among All-Star starters in early voting returns

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s your game fans. The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition filled with the players you vote to see. Whether those players deserve the honor based on their performance the first half of the season or not. Sometimes the most deserving guys don’t make the cut while guys hobbling through the season do. Which brings…

  22. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  23. Minnesota’s Corey Brewer fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

    Minnesota’s Corey Brewer, you’re the next contestant on “pay some money to NBA Charities for flopping!” The league announced Monday that Brewer has been fined $5,000 for his second flopping offense of the season. His first came against the Knicks earlier in the year, this new one was against the Heat on Saturday, when he…

  24. The Extra Pass: Raptors’ salary dump trade could mean a few more wins, too; plus Sunday recaps

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson Raptors

    LOS ANGELES — Make no mistake, this was first and foremost about money. And future flexibility. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made a smart trade sending Rudy Gay out of town in a deal that sets his team up for the future by removing up to $12.4 million from the books next season. This summer  Andrea…

  25. Dwight Howard frustrated with Rockets’ effort in recent losses

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets’ offense has been one of the best in the NBA this season. James Harden on the outside, Dwight Howard inside and a good combination of role players has worked well. But not Wednesday night. Against the Suns the Rockets shot 35.2 percent as a team and 29 percent from three. It was…

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