Rockets Rumors & News

  • Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban upset over Game 3 calls

    ESPN Dallas "Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just..." April 25

  • Harden, Howard set career highs as Rockets hold off Mavs for Game 3 win

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had landed body punches in Houston, with the Mavericks doubled over, but not out. The left hook was to come. The Mavericks adjusted their defense, changing assignments to no longer rush an extra defender to keep James Harden surrounded and relatively quiet beyond his role as a..." April 25

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Rockets beat Mavericks 111-99 to take 2-0 series lead

    Houston Chronicle "Long before the Rockets and Mavericks were separated by a point in the fourth quarter of a remarkably tight and tense playoff game, they made the moves that four months later would change everything. The Mavericks grabbed Rajon Rondo. On Tuesday, they benched him. The Rockets traded for Corey..." April 22

  • Josh Smith's partnership with Dwight Howard flourishing as Rajon Rondo unravels with Mavs

    Yahoo! Sports "Josh Smith felt like a teenager again, ferocious and free and forever young. He had broken down Dallas' defense, a soft, vulnerable underbelly reduced to rubble. These were old times, tossing those lobs into the air, watching Dwight Howard slam through passes. Old AAU teammates in Atlanta,..." April 22

  • Dwight Howard Owns 50 Guns & Is Confused About How Many Kids He Has

    Black Sports Online "Dwight Howard says he’s a changed man. In this detailed story about him on Bleacher Report he speaks on seeing what happened in Ferguson and wanting to do more for the community. He wants to be a role model for the kids and do positive things. Good for him, one of the first things he acknowledged..." April 22

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that'

    CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

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    Earl K. Sneed @EarlKSneed

    Kevin McHale says the Rockets will play it by ear when it comes to Dwight Howard's minutes but he will see more time than during the season.

  • Rockets beat Mavericks 118-108 in Game 1 of first-round playoff series

    Houston Chronicle "Jason Terry spread his wings and sprinted happily down the floor. Corey Brewer did whatever that was he did to sort of dance after his fourth quarter 3s. And again and again, with the game on the line and Dwight Howard trapped by foul trouble in the general vicinity of the bench, the Rockets found..." April 19

  • Mav's Cuban Rips Rockets: 'They Aren't Good'

    Grantland "t’s a Friday morning in early April, and Mark Cuban is limping through the underbelly of American Airlines Center in Dallas. He’s sore for two reasons: His surgically replaced hip aches after a pickup basketball game, and the Mavericks, which he owns, had lost a home game to their bitter rivals..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Rockets rout Jazz to lock up first division title in more than 20 years

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets did not don any goofy Southwest Division championship shirts. They did not happily proclaim “We’re No. 2!” There was no confetti in sight. The Rockets did their celebrating during the game and seemed to love every minute of it. They got what everything they wanted from..." April 16

  • Dwight Howard's Baby Mama -- Our Son Is Still Terrified Of Him

    TMZ.com "Dwight Howard's ex Royce Reed is FURIOUS that the NBA star is off the hook in his child abuse case ... telling close friends their 7-year-old son is still "terrified" of his father. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Howard was investigated by the Atlanta Police Dept. for allegedly hitting his son..." April 15

  • Rockets take win over lowly Hornets

    Houston Chronicle "The Hornets weren’t playing for anything. It was their last home game of the season and they were well out of playoff contention. That didn’t mean they were going to make it easy for the Rockets, who are still playing for a lot. Although the Hornets put up a fight, the Rockets came out on..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Rockets Dwight Howard will not be charged with child abuse

    MyFOXHouston.com "The Atlanta, Ga. Police Department declined to press charges of child abuse against Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. Howard's ex-girlfriend, Royce Reed, alleged last year Howard beat his then six-year old son with a belt causing bruises and abrasions. "I can confirm we are not moving..." April 14

  • Rockets' Beverley: 'If we do what we need to do hopefully I come back like Willis Reed'

    The Score "When Patrick Beverley underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist two weeks ago, the expectation was that the Houston Rockets would be without their starting point guard for the remainder of the season. But while it was reported Beverley would need four months to recover, the..." April 13

  • Harden, Howard combo helps Rockets pull away from Pelicans to notch 54th win

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden had dragged the Rockets back into the game, mercilessly going at the New Orleans Pelicans defense until the Rockets’ 10-point deficit was gone and the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter. The Pelicans, however, were not going to go down after a flurry of left hooks. Too..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard to play tonight vs. Pelicans.

  • NBA says Tim Duncan's block on James Harden was legal

    ESPN.com "San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan's block on Houston Rockets guard James Harden was legal, the NBA ruled in its daily "Last Two Minutes" report released Saturday. In the closing seconds of the Rockets' 104-103 loss to the Spurs on Friday, Harden attempted a layup at the basket only to have it..." April 12

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard said he doesn't know if he will sit out Sunday or Monday, but will play just one game of the back-to-back.

  • Duncan’s block saves dramatic 104-103 win over Rockets

    San Antonio Express-News "After opening the door for the Houston Rockets to steal a win from the Spurs Tim Duncan slammed it right in James Harden’s face on the final play of a dramatic 104-103 win, San Antonio’s 10th straight. The win at Houston’s Toyota Center enabled the Spurs to leapfrog the Rockets in the air-tight..." April 11

  • James Harden: ‘I’ve done enough’ to be MVP

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he thinks he has done everything he can to win the NBA’s MVP award this year, but that he isn’t thinking about it too much. “I think I’ve done enough but that’s not my main focus,” Harden said. With four games left this season, Harden is one of the front..." April 11

  • Spurs blast Houston, move 1/2 game out of 2nd in West

    San Antonio Express-News "Summing it up The Spurs played Houston Wednesday at the AT&T Center. They won — again, for the 19th time in 22 outings. They led by double-digits — again, for the 22nd straight game. They triumphed by at least 12 points (110-98) — again, tying the NBA record with nine such victories in a row...." April 09

  • Dwight Howard must bring back 'Superman' for battered Rockets

    Sporting News "Dwight Howard was talking about a 20-year career Wednesday at Rockets shootaround. He also was talking about how he needed to get into shape for the playoffs. That shootaround session sums up the Dwight Howard of the past four years. The knee, the back, the shoulder … the Kobe drama, the free..." April 09

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

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    Sam Amick @sam_amick

    Another huge hit for Houston: I'm told Donatas Motiejunas is out for the season with his back injury. Story to come at @USATODAYsports

  • James Harden leads Rockets over Thunder

    Houston Chronicle "For most of the afternoon, as James Harden handled the ball in the middle of the floor, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the bodies necessary to get it out of his hands. They put two defenders on the ball. Harden found big men in the lane on pick-and-rolls or in position to send another pass back..." April 06

  • Papanikolaou moving closer towards return to game action

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou is close to returning from a sprained ankle he suffered in pregame drills on Feb. 23. Papanikolaou went through a couple of things in practice with the team on Saturday, but isn’t playing full contact yet. “He was out here, but the ankle isn’t ready for..." April 05

  • Rockets capitalize as Mavericks come unraveled in fourth quarter

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had dragged themselves to their locker room at halftime, coming off a dreadful quarter and with the tanks badly depleted through four games in five nights. They had clanged their way through the second quarter, nearly tearing down the American Airlines Center with missed shots, most..." April 03

  • Bogut on Jackson picking Harden for MVP: 'It was April Fool's Day'

    CBSSports.com "It's always amusing when Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut utters former head coach Mark Jackson's name. Or, as was the case on Thursday night, when he pretends to have forgotten it. After the Warriors' dramatic 107-106 win over the Phoenix Suns, the topic of Jackson choosing James Harden..." April 03

  • James Harden scores 51 in Rockets’ home win over Kings

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets and the Kings stars shone brightly and put on a show on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Rockets guard James Harden scored a career-high 51 points and Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins had a triple-double as the Rockets emerged with a 115-111 win. “I’m not gonna lie,”..." April 02

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones listed as probable. No word if Jones, who is not cleared to fly, got Royce White's RV to drive to Dallas.

  • NBA MVP odds: Stephen Curry the heavy favorite, LeBron's out

    CBSSports.com "On Tuesday, I wrote about how the MVP race is down to a two-man race. One of the Sportsbook agrees. The odds are off the books at Sportsbook.com and TheGreek.com (the two I typically use for these posts, as well as at PinnacleSports).But Bovada.lv released their odds Wednesday, and it's pretty..." April 01

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    Fran Blinebury @franblinebury

    Howard out tonight vs Sac, will likely play second of back to back Thursday at Dallas

  • Terrence Jones hopeful of playing tonight vs. Sacramento

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Terrence Jones, who suffered a partially collapsed lung on March 19, went through shootaround Wednesday morning and said he thinks he will play against Sacramento. Jones said he wasn’t sure how many minutes he would get, but said he was feeling well and ready to play. “I feel..." April 01

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    Patrick Beverley @patbev21

    Haven't did this in a while. But headed to surgery!!! #RedNation

  • Raptors sharp in taking down Rockets

    Toronto Star "Monday’s date with James Harden and the Houston Rockets was Toronto’s last chance before the playoffs to prove they still have the gumption to beat winning teams. And the Raptors didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. DeMar DeRozan found his rhythm after a desperate long jumper from the..." March 31

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • Anthony Davis endorses James Harden for MVP

    The Score "This season's MVP race is as hotly contested as any the NBA has seen in a quarter century, with Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and even Chris Paul enjoying MVP-caliber campaigns. Of course, only one of those superstars will lift the Maurice Podoloff..." March 31

  • Patrick Beverley to require 4 months of recovery after surgery

    Yahoo! Sports "After surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist on Tuesday morning, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will require four months of recovery, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Beverley’s ligament had to be reattached, a procedure that crushed a fleeting hope before the surgery that..." March 31

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    Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets

    With Howard, Jones & Motiejunas out tonight, McHale said @CapelaClint could see some minutes in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/Qu7y5SLOBx

  • 26d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Lowry is listed as out for tonight's game, by the way. No Dwight Howard (rest), Patrick Beverley, Terrence Jones or Motiejunas for Rockets

  • Wizards fail to clinch postseason spot as Rockets roll in Washington

    Washington Post "For all the dread surrounding the Washington Wizards the past two months, the product of mediocrity painted on a backdrop of heightened expectations, Sunday presented an opportunity that the five seasons before last year’s resurgence had not: a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Standing in their..." March 30

  • 26d
    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets guard Pat Beverley has opted for surgery to repair ligaments in left wrist, source said. Will miss the remaining of season, playoffs

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey: ‘We think we can win the title’ despite injury issues

    Sportress of Blogitude "Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey insisted the team has what it takes to win an NBA title, despite recently being bitten by the injury bug, with the most damaging blow to the team’s championship aspirations being starting point guard Patrick Beverley going down with a torn ligament in..." March 30

  • Humbled Dwight Howard ready to make 'ultimate sacrifice' for Rockets

    SI.com "Dwight Howard knows the landscape in Houston has shifted in his absence, with each 40-point effort carrying James Harden deeper into the MVP conversation and each win lifting the Rockets closer to home-court advantage in the playoffs. There was no way for things to remain as they were, not when..." March 29