Oakland Tribune "After 40 years of suffering and waiting, the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. Confetti rained down on Oracle Arena after they became Western Conference champions, having defeated the Houston Rockets 104-90 on Wednesday to claim a 4-1 semifinal series victory. Yet in the locker room,..." May 28
CBSSports.com "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard appeared miserable when he sat down at the podium following their 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. That's understandable, as his team had just been eliminated from the playoffs in five games in the Western Conference finals. Howard gave..." May 28
CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27
ESPN.com "After review, the NBA elected not to suspend Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the league announced Tuesday. League officials deemed that Howard's blow to Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not rise to the standard that would trigger an..." May 27
Dwight Howard's flagrant-1 stands as called, NBA has ruled. No upgrade, and thus Howard will not be suspended for Game 5.
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets were miserable. They were angry and frustrated as they never had been before, sickened as they reconvened at Toyota Center to pick up the pieces. They had been routed in this post-season even before they were demolished in Game 3 on Saturday. They were upset with losses along the..." May 26
ABC 13 "Rockets star James Harden is taking a little heat for a photo that showed up on social media. With his team in an 0-3 hole, Harden was seen on an Instagram post at the Drake concert last night at Toyota Center." May 26
ESPN.com "Facing the prospect of elimination from the playoffs Monday night, Rockets guard Jason Terry was adamant that Game 4 of these Western Conference finals would by no means be his last. At 37 and soon to be a free agent, Terry told ESPN.com that he fully intends to return for a 17th NBA season in..." May 26
ESPN.com "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard had no idea how prophetic he'd be. Moments after the Rockets had avoided being swept in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors, Howard summed up the evening in six words. "We don't want to go..." May 26
More McHale: "We’re going to go out and fight. You got to come out swinging. I can’t say a lot about it."
Houston Chronicle "The pain that began that night in Pat Beverley’s left forearm never ceased, but it has changed. The injury itself no longer agonizes, but Beverley has ached every night as the Rockets play without him, with his absence growing more conspicuous through each round of the playoffs. “It’s..." May 25
The NBA has determined that move-up option is not logistically possible, league source says. NBA Finals begin June 4.
TMZ.com "As if being down 3 games to zero wasn't hard enough -- Houston Rockets star James Harden now has to contend with the so-called "Based God curse" ... which is now officially on him, according to Lil B. The rapper tells TMZ Sports he put the hex on Harden when he failed to apologize or give..." May 25
Pro Basketball Talk "On Saturday night, the Rockets were embarrassed on their home court, losing 115-80 to the Warriors and falling to a 3-0 deficit, on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference Finals. Houston will be going home for the summer with one more loss, and at practice on Sunday, Dwight Howard..." May 25
Patrick Beverley shooting around wearing a cast.
Kevin McHale said he'll play center Dwight Howard (left knee) "as much as we can."
There is a rumor that--despite what NBA has said (and I've relayed)--they MIGHT move up the finals to June 2 if GSW and CLE both sweep.
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets are down to the oldest, most desperate of clichés: Win one game or go home. But even a single victory, Rockets guard Jason Terry said in the wake of Houston’s Game 3 blowout loss, is a challenge for this team at this time. The Rockets face more elemental challenges, he said, if they..." May 24
CSN Bay Area "For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about James Harden this and Dwight Howard that, the one question the Golden State Warriors were not asked before Game 3 of the Western Conference Final was this: “So what do the Rockets do when Stephen Curry and the rest of the rotation sucks the oxygen..." May 24
The Score "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will reportedly be good to go when his team hosts the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night. The eight-time NBA All-Star sprained his left knee in Game 1 after colliding with teammate Josh Smith." May 24
Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard is officially listed as probable for Game 3, the team announced Friday. Howard, who hurt is left knee in the opener, returned for Game 2 and played 40 minutes." May 23
CSN Bay Area "With the game in the balance, a Warriors team that punished itself with turnovers forced one from the Houston Rockets to secure a hard-fought 99-98 win Thursday night at Oracle Arena. After Harrison Barnes missed an acrobatic layup with 7.9 seconds the play, the ball found the hands Rockets..." May 22
New York Post "Thursday night’s game between the Warriors and Rockets was terrific, with Golden State emerging with a thrilling 99-98 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. But the biggest talking point, despite the spectacular performances by several players on both teams, was Kevin..." May 22
Complex "Question: If Lil B's Based God's Curse—the one that he's put on Kevin Durant a few times now—is so effective, then why hasn't he been putting it on Warriors opponents throughout the NBA Playoffs? He's a big Golden State fan, so it kind of seems like a no-brainer to us. From Anthony Davis to Zach..." May 22
Dwight Howard will play tonight.
ESPN.com "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will play Thursday night in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Howard was listed as questionable, and after a 15-minute workout before the game, the team decided he would participate. How effective Howard..." May 21
NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21
Kevin McHale says Dwight Howard went thru bout half of shoot around, trying to get comfortable with a brace. Game-time decision.
Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21
CBSSports.com "Dwight Howard was at practice, Dwight Howard was dressed for practice, Dwight Howard wanted to practice. Dwight Howard did not practice Wednesday. 36 hours before Thursday's Game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals is set to tipoff, Howard sat sullen as he spoke..." May 21
The Score "The injury bug has taken yet another significant chunk out of the Houston Rockets. Rockets center Dwight Howard banged knees with teammate Josh Smith in the first quarter of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Howard was unable to make it past halfcourt and gingerly limped to the bench..." May 20
CSN Bay Area "In their first Western Conference Finals appearance since 1976, the Warriors did what they usually do when things turned tight this season. They locked down on defense and leaned on MVP Stephen Curry. Curry scored 34 points and the Warriors held the Rockets to 42.2 percent shooting over the..." May 20
Rockets list Dwight Howard as questionable with "a left knee injury."
Yahoo! Sports "Nearly an hour and a half after watching the Houston Rockets fall in the Western Conference finals, injured center Dwight Howard slowly walked out of the locker room. Howard suffered a bruised left knee that limited him to 26 minutes during the Rockets' 110-106 loss in Game 1 on Monday night...." May 20
DEVELOPING: Dwight Howard heads to the locker room after apparent knee injury. pic.twitter.com/SP4XjFoarQ
Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19
ESPN.com "The Houston Rockets are operating under the premise that perimeter defensive ace Patrick Beverley, out since March with a torn ligament in his left wrist, is unlikely to play in the forthcoming Western Conference finals, according to league sources. Beverley is scheduled to have his cast..." May 19
Congrats to the Rockets. Gotta admit I was wrong. A lot.of guys stepped up. Congrats @dmorey
ESPN.com "The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title. Heading into the conference finals, the Warriors are 4-7 favorites to win the championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 5-2, followed by the Atlanta Hawks at 8-1 and..." May 18
Early whispers out of Houston say Patrick Beverley will NOT be able to play in West finals. Something tells me Beverley wants to try, tho
Houston Chronicle "Having come this far, through all that it took to get there, the Rockets would not be stopped. Not now. Not with so many obstacles overcome or demolished and so much of what they wanted all along in sight. From Dwight Howard missing half the season to falling into a 3-1 hole in the Western..." May 18
Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Jason Terry has more experience than his teammates with most things that come up in an NBA career. He has better experiences in Game 7. “My biggest advantage is I’ve been in two Game 7s and I’m undefeated,” Terry said. “I’m very confident going in. I understand what it takes to..." May 17
Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden sat on the edge of his seat on the bench at Staples Center on Thursday night. He wore his red warmups and a grin that peeked through his signature beard. Harden, who had been Mr. Everything for the Rockets in so many games this season, was in a different role. He..." May 17
Houston Chronicle "Clutch City has company. After two decades in which the legends that have loomed over all Rockets teams as a standard none could match, the Rockets on Thursday pulled off the sort of inexplicable and stunning comeback worthy of their championship ancestors. Never since has a Rockets team..." May 15
MyFOXHouston.com "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been greatly affected by the violence and unrest that engulfed the city of Baltimore. He wants to help the people there recover, and understand that working together is far better than working against each other. Howard's focus right now is helping..." May 15
Houston Chronicle "A day after James Harden played through a cold, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Harden did not seem to have any greater issues, though the Rockets did not have any workout on Wedneday." May 14
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets needed a win to prolong their season, but they needed more. They needed a revival, to rebuild the determination and resolve that had failed them in Los Angeles. They got everything they needed, including a 124-103 blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers, sending the series back to..." May 13
Per Kevin McHale, Josh Smith will start and TJones will come off the bench tonight.
TMZ.com "Kobe Bryant continues to haunt Dwight Howard ... at least judging by video of a heckler who used The Mamba to taunt D12 after he was ejected from a playoff game ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Moments after Howard was (mercifully?) booted from Sunday night's beatdown at the hands of the..." May 12
Pro Basketball Talk "It wasn’t the first technical foul that got Howard in trouble, when he jawed at a referee. Nor the second one early in the fourth quarter when he picked up his sixth foul and threw the ball at the feet of a referee — which got him ejected from Game 4. At least that meant he didn’t have to watch..." May 11