CSN Northwest "As the Portland Trail Blazers walked off the court, leaving a sold out noiseless crowd in disbelief after just taking a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 112-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, they were greeted by some familiar faces in route to the locker room. In the..." April 24
Houston Chronicle "A harassment charge against Rockets forward Terrence Jones was dropped on Tuesday after a compromise was reached on the civil case, the Portland Oregonian reported citing court records. Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charity that benefits the homeless to be designated by the alleged victim’s..." April 23
McHale said Pat Beverley is good to go, not anticipating any limitations. #Rockets
Houston Chronicle "Omer Asik’s stint on LaMarcus Aldridge lasted just three minutes before he picked up his third foul and returned to the bench. He never was back on the floor with Dwight Howard again, though that could be one of the changes Kevin McHale has planned. “We are going to do some stuff differently,”..." April 22
Jeremy Lin was out sick and did not practice.
Pro Basketball Talk "If you just look at the numbers Dwight Howard had a pretty good night at the free throw line — 9-of-17 overall and he hit 6-of-7 from the line late in the fourth quarter and overtime. But that’s not the whole story. With four minutes left and the Blazers down 10, coach Terry Stotts ordered..." April 22
NBA sources confirm MRI on Pat Beverley's right knee did not reveal any new damage. He could play in game 2 against Portland.
ESPN.com "The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, which could aid clubs such as Chicago and Houston in their attempts to steal free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, according to sources familiar with the forecasts...." April 21
Houston Chronicle "Rockets point guard Pat Beverley sprained his right knee in Sunday night’s Game 1 playoff loss to Portland, the Rockets announced after the game. He will have an MRI on Monday to determine his status for Game 2 on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. Beverley, who tore the meniscus in his right knee..." April 21
Yahoo! Sports "Within the carnage of this colossal collapse, Dwight Howard marched into the losing locker room and proclaimed to these seething, stunned Houston Rockets: One game, fellas. One loss. Here was his message, and no one knew of its hollowness better than the franchise center. Across the seasons,..." April 21
Oregonian "A few hours before Game 1, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was surrounded by a horde of reporters at the team’s morning shootaround, spouting off a few clichés and cracking a sly joke here and there without revealing a care in the world. Just before the brief question-and-answer session was..." April 21
Fansided "This summer will be filled with plenty of NBA playoff drama, but an undercurrent to the cause for a title will be the story of where Carmelo Anthony will end up in 2014-15 and if another team can wrestle him away from the New York Knicks. The thought at the moment is that Melo will be back in New..." April 20
Fansided "Although Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson was never given much of a chance to shine during his brief stint with the Houston Rockets last season, he says he harbors no hard feelings towards his former team (and upcoming playoff opponent), telling reporters he’s more focused on helping..." April 19
Houston Chronicle "Way back in 2013, when Dwight Howard was the new guy and the Rockets were trying to get to know one another, the Rockets tried an experiment they did not expect to work. It didn’t. Last season’s center, Omer Asik, started with this season’s center, Howard, and the Rockets were very good at..." April 19
Here we are in April, where we as fans get to see some familiar and not so familiar faces showcase what they’ve been working towards for 82 games. Big names will strive to add to their legacy, while rising stars will be looking to make their first big splash. April 19
New Orleans Times-Picayune "It was a meaningless game in yet another lost season. In a 6 ½-month span of basketball that was ravaged by injuries and, at times, dumbfounding lapses, the squad the New Orleans Pelicans ran out on the court for their season finale Wednesday night vaguely resembled the unit that opened the..." April 17
Houston Chronicle "With the start of the playoffs just days away, Rockets guard James Harden remained in Houston for treatment on his sore right ankle. He has been dealing with soreness in the ankle throughout much of the season and it is not considered a reason for concern, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he..." April 16
RT @ca_rockets: Here are the Rockets that won't play tonight: Harden, Parsons, Lin, Asik...Garcia is 'iffy' per Kevin McHale
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets wanted – and needed – a win, and Dwight Howard was no different. Except he needed more. Just as time was running out on the Rockets’ pursuit of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, he was down to his final opportunities to return to postseason speed. His first..." April 16
New #Rockets center Josh Powell passed his physical, signed his contract and is joining the team in New Orleans.
Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets will sign Josh Powell to a multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM. Powell's contract for next season will be non-guaranteed, which sets up the possibility of a trade. The six-year veteran will be eligible for the postseason." April 15
Houston Chronicle "When the Rockets first got together this season, gathering the night before training camp to share large steaks and greater ambitions, the first goal they agreed upon was simply to earn home-court advantage. Other goals would follow. Many were mentioned that night. But the top of the to-do list..." April 15
Oregonian "Forget, for a moment, about the playoffs. Ignore the looming matchup with the Houston Rockets and stop wondering if the Trail Blazers can slow James Harden, stop Dwight Howard, and end their first-round postseason drought. Instead, take a little bit of time to savor the Blazers’ 119-117..." April 14
Fansided "In a bit of a surprising move, the Houston Rockets are going to release center Dexter Pittman, according Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. The move is surprising because the Rockets just released big man Greg Smith to sign Pittman. Smith has been a solid contributor for the Rockets in..." April 13
Houston Chronicle "After two straight losses on the road, the Rockets were looking for a bounce back win when they hosted New Orleans on Saturday night. That wouldn’t come easily, however, as the Rockets required late-game heroics to pull out a 111-104 win at Toyota Center. A couple of Pat Beverley 3-pointers,..." April 13
Chandler Parsons will be out with a sore wrist and hip tonight and Francisco Garcia is out with a sore back.
Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley will play tonight.
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Corey Brewer said he "was messing around" when he predicted he'd score 30 points before Friday night's game against Houston. The Timberwolves forward is averaging 11.7 points per game, and that total would have topped his career high by one point. Then he banked in a halfcourt shot to beat..." April 12
McHale says Beverley and Howard will not play tonight. Unsure about their status for tomorrow night.
Rockets recall Troy Daniels and Robert Covington from RGV. Both will be in Denver tonight. Guessing McHale might rest a regular or two.
Rockets signing Pittman for rest of this season and next with next season non-guaranteed, source said.
Denver Post "Late in the season, the Nuggets have taken this learning and improving and not checking out thing to heart. Their 123-116 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center was the latest example. "We got casual in the end," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "But we got off to such a..." April 10
Houston Chronicle "If the Rockets’ remaining regular-season games are not already solely about playoff readiness, they soon will be. The team has all but clinched the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and the home-court advantage in the first round that comes with it. With no major chance to move up or down in..." April 09
Houston Chronicle "The Lakers celebrated Steve Nash’s career, about all that was left to celebrate in their long, lost season. The Rockets just celebrated. Nash moved to third in NBA history for career assists. The Rockets spent nearly every minute that followed pouring it on, scoring more points than any team..." April 09
Dwight Howard's return from an ankle problem is drawing near, but sources say his comeback will not be Tuesday night in L.A. against Lakers
Houston Chronicle "By the time the Rockets noticed that Denver was blowing them off the floor, the mystery was not how the Nuggets did it. The Nuggets were playing harder, much harder. The question was how the Rockets managed not to pick up on that before there were just three minutes left and they had sleep-walked..." April 07
Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley will not play on Sunday when the Rockets host Denver at 6 p.m., coach Kevin McHale said after practice on Saturday. “They will play when they are ready and I don’t know when that will be, but I know it won’t be tomorrow,” McHale said. Howard, who has missed the..." April 06
Houston Chronicle "To the Rockets, there could have been few better ways to clinch their playoff spot. With the game on the line against the team that had befuddled them in every meeting this season and eliminated them from the playoffs last season, the Rockets took control down the stretch to hold off the..." April 05
Houston Chronicle "With a three-game losing streak and six-consecutive losses to teams that currently have winning records, a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder would not seem to be a likely cure. But with the Rockets citing a lack of consistent intensity while struggling in the three games since the injuries to..." April 04
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though..." April 04
Toronto Sun "The grind of the NBA’s season eventually takes its toll on every team, no matter pedigree or market size. No one, in other words, is immune to it. For most of this improbable season in Raptorland, a season that once evoked images of tank-nation, everything has gone right when so much was..." April 03
University of Houston is nearing an agreement with Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson to become head coach, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
New York Post "A gay Barclays Center food server claims that Houston Rockets basketball players pelted him with homophobic slurs in a locker room before a 2013 game against the Nets — and that he was coldly canned by his catering company after he complained about the abuse, according to a Brooklyn federal..." April 02
CBSSports.com "Houston has found its next head coach, and it's a name college hoops fans are very familiar with. A source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Wednesday that Kelvin Sampson has agreed to become the Cougars coach. Sampson, 58, was fired from Indiana in 2008 after an NCAA investigation into improper..." April 02
Houston Chronicle "Aiming to be 100 percent by the playoffs, center Dwight Howard said Tuesday he had fluid drained from his left ankle for a second time but that he is “not worried at all” that the issue will linger through the remainder of the Rockets’ regular-season schedule. “There was more fluid in there the..." April 02
New York Post "Back during the dark days of November and December, there were plenty of people who wondered whether the Nets would ever be able to turn things around this season — including some of the Nets themselves. But three months after their season appeared to be spiraling toward disaster, the Nets..." April 02
Yahoo! Sports "After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not undergo surgery and is expected to return this season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Beverley will be considered "week to week" on his return to the Rockets' lineup, a source said on Monday..." March 31
Pro Basketball Talk "Patrick Beverley of the Rockets reportedly suffered a torn meniscus injury that could put his ability to contribute in the postseason in jeopardy. But speaking to reporters on Saturday, Beverley seemed a bit more optimistic. From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: “No one was..." March 30
Los Angeles Times "Losing All-Star power forward Blake Griffin with back spasms had already put the Clippers in a tough predicament, but it got more difficult when Coach Doc Rivers grew so upset at Glen Davis that he had the backup forward escorted from the game. The Clippers just pressed on, walloping the..." March 30