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  1. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

  2. Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday. Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward. L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with…

  3. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    James Harden was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers due to a sore right foot, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told reporters before tip-off. Harden scored in single digits for just the second time all season on Friday, finishing with seven points on 3-9 shooting in 27 minutes in a loss to…

  4. Playoffs are coming but Rockets not slowing down pace

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA 98.8 possessions per game (via Hoopdata). And while it’s not yet a mathematical lock, we can say the Rockets are going to the playoffs — they are the seven seed in the West, three full games up on the eight seed Lakers and 3.5…

  5. Rockets Omer Asik fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Back in December, the NBA warned Rockets center and defensive anchor Omer Asik about flopping when he embellished a minor contact with Tim Duncan to draw a foul. Three months later Asik was up to his old tricks and this time he’s going to pay for it. The league announced Thursday Asik will be fined…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  7. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Clippers GD

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  8. Royce White returning to D-League after reportedly leaving without Rockets’ permission

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    Just four days ago, Kurt wrote, “The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster.” But the saga of Royce White has not ended this season. The latest turn, according to Adrian…

  9. Greg Smith throws down on Tiago Splitter (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Tiago Splitter ends up on the wrong end of a lot of dunks. Which means he’s a guy defending the rim who doesn’t shirk away from his duties. That’s admirable. But he still gets dunked on a lot, which is what happened with Greg Smith on Sunday. The Rockets’ Smith was open at the elbow to…

  10. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat continue streaking, Harden hits the game-winner to beat the Spurs

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching FGCU celebrate their trip to the Sweet 16 a thousand times. Nets 102, Suns 100: The Nets were without Joe Johnson in this one, but early in the third quarter, when Brooklyn had increased its lead to 16 points, it seemed…

  11. James Harden’s leaning game winner to beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

    Spurs Rockets Basketball

    James Harden is a superstar. And it’s not just the beard. When he was traded from being the Thunder’s super-sub there was no question he was good, but there was a question about whether he could be a No. 1, franchise cornerstone guy. Yes, yes he is. Ask the Spurs. He had 18 of his…

  12. Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19, which will hurt his NBA Draft stock

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad is the subject of an article by Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times that has the college-basketball world buzzing, and the piece also raises several questions that will affect Muhammad’s NBA Draft stock. Let’s start with the most tangible issue: According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was…

  13. Jerry West says Lakers would ‘have a chance against anyone’ in the playoffs

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Statue Unveiling At STAPLES Center

    Now that the Lakers making the playoffs seems much more like an eventuality than a faint possibility, it’s only natural that the pundits will begin lining up to assess the team’s chances once the postseason begins. Jerry West was first in line apparently, and said that he believes the Lakers would be a dangerous playoff…

  14. Royce White leaving D-League team, will be in Houston but not on Rockets

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Royce White

    The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster. White had been playing with the Rio Grand Valley Vipers of the D-League and after a slow start had been putting up decent…

  15. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  16. Royce White says he thinks Stern, NBA GMs want him gone

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White is playing in the D-League now, playing his way into game shape and starting to look better in recent games, according to reports. He is averaging 9.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting plus 5.6 rebounds a game. Not exactly numbers that scream he needs to be called up to the Rockets right now.…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Fourth quarter heroes edition

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

    Toney Douglas, Chris Paul

    There were people who put up bigger numbers on each of their teams, but these three players had the big fourth quarters that got their teams the win Tuesday night. So yes, that means guys like Kevin Durant with big lines (34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) miss the cut. That’s life. Third Star: Monta…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  20. Did Warriors, Wizards turn down James Harden deals?

    Mar 15, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Whether you choose to believe this or not really comes down to how much you believe in ESPN’s Bill Simmons. But NBA trades do not work where a potential available player is only discussed with one team. If a GM is shopping — or even just testing the market — for a specific player then…

  21. Lin on Linsanity documentary: “Wow, that stuff actually happened to me”

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Darren Collison

    It must be a rather surreal experience to watch a documentary about yourself. It’s never going to happen to me, so I’m going to take Jeremy Lin’s word for it. There is a “Linsanity” documentary out and it was shown at South by Southwest in Austin, which isn’t terribly far from Houston so Lin went…

  22. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Denver fans savor blowout of Knicks

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Tim Thomas, Chris Copeland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were watching the papal seagull….. Heat 98, 76ers 94: There was a time this season when the Heat were coasting and this was the kind of game where they just didn’t bring any heart. But now they have something to play…

  23. Kendall Marshall with the one-handed bounce pass through the legs of Omer Asik (VIDEO)

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Thomas Robinson, Kendall Marshall

    When you first see Suns rookie point guard Kendall Marshall find a cutting Jared Dudley with a one-handed bounce pass through the lane, sure, it looks like a nice play. But when you see the replay, where the ball clearly is thrown through the legs of Omer Asik on the way to finding its target,…

  24. Durant doesn’t buy talk Thunder can’t win it all this year

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Not everyone believes the Oklahoma City Thunder have a real chance to win an NBA title. And if you watched the Miami Heat take them apart on Valentines Day, it’s easy to say that the gap between the Heat and Thunder is pretty much still where we left it last June. Which is pretty wide.…

  25. Rockets give GM Daryl Morey four-year extension

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been more popular outside Houston and with the media — particularly the NBA blogosphere — than inside Houston. They keep hearing about the brilliance but what they saw was a team that was pretty mediocre at best (because the bodies of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming gave out, both pre-Morey…

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