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James Harden Reveals He Injured Ankle In Game 3

Apr 23, 2017 8:38 PM

James Harden said he has been hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred in Game 3.

Harden went 5-for-16 from the field (including 0-for-7 from 3-point range) and scored 16 points in Game 4.

The Houston Rockets were able to win the game behind a great performance from Nene.

"It was pretty tough; we don't make excuses," Harden said in a news conference when asked about his health. "We just try to go out there and get the job done. You build trust, and trust in your teammates all year long. When there's moments like this, guys step up and they did tonight. We have another opportunity in a few days to go out there and win on our home court, and we're going to have to get off to a really good start."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Patrick Beverley Fined By NBA, Says League Needs To Protect Players Better

Apr 23, 2017 6:42 PM

Patrick Beverley said he doesn't feel protected by the NBA after an incident with a fan.

Beverley said he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand."

Beverley received a $25,000 fine by the NBA for confronting the fan.

The fan was identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. 

"I'm OK with the hazing. I'm OK with the boos. I'm OK with other fans rooting for their team. But I'm not OK with the blatant disrespect while I'm on the ground after a foul and a fan is yelling out to me, 'F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley,' and waving a clapper in my face," Beverley said Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not comfortable with that. So if the NBA won't protect the players in that situation, I feel the need as a man, as a grown man who has children, who has morals and who stands up for the right thing, I have to protect myself."

The Rockets asked the NBA to review the situation after Beverley told them of the fan's behavior.

Beverley said he has had incidents with fans in Oklahoma City in the past as well.

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NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner

Apr 22, 2017 3:52 PM

The NBA is reviewing an incident between Patrick Beverley and a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the first half, Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci. Beverley got up and immediately started to complain about Scaramucci.

Beverley pointed at Scaramucci as referee Scott Foster and several Rockets went to help him up. After the game, Beverley approached Scaramucci, who was sitting behind the basket, and they got into a heated discussion.

The Rockets requested the league look into the incident after Beverley informed them of it.

"The Rockets are taking care of the situation," Beverley said before Saturday's practice. "I'll talk after the investigation is done."

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Tags: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds

Apr 19, 2017 1:57 PM

Daryl Morey appeared to subtweet Russell Westbrook when replying to a Tweet by Matt Bullard about how Hakeem Olajuwon made it clear that he wanted every available rebound.

Westbrook averaged a triple double this season and frequently called off the bigs of Oklahoma City Thunder to grab rebounds.

Morey has been active in lobbying for James Harden to win MVP.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Daryl Morey: Warriors, Spurs, Rockets Have Best Indicators To Win Title

Apr 6, 2017 7:00 PM

The Houston Rockets have the third best net rating in the NBA but questions remain about their defense. The Rockets, however, rank a respectable 16th in defense.

"I think most people thought [we'd rank] 30th, to be honest," Daryl Morey half-joked.

With Mike D'Antoni hired as head coach, the Rockets weren't expected to be this good on defense.

"Historically, some of the best coaches and the best teams had top defenses, [but] it's actually hard to disentangle cause and effect between the style of play that those teams play in, their personnel, and how likely they were to win the title," Morey told VICE Sports. "The most important thing is, are you creating a margin enough to be able to win the title? And historically you have to be somewhere around where we're at, which is like a six or more net margin. Obviously the higher the better, and Golden State has one of the best margins of all time. But we're right there with the Spurs. Us, Golden State, and the Spurs have the best indicators to be champions this year. We just all happen to be in the same conference."

"Sometimes we want to run before we get the ball," Rockets assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jeff Bzdelik told VICE Sports. "And so it's always a constant challenge. The defensive end is not the sexy part of the game."

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Draymond Green Admits Retaliating To James Harden By Punching His Wrist

Apr 1, 2017 2:08 PM

Draymond Green admitted retaliating to James Harden pinching him by punching Harden's sore left wrist during Friday's game.

"I thought it was a closed fist. I don't know," Harden said. "I don't know what [the referee] saw."

Harden jammed his left wrist on March 18th.

"He pinched me, so I punched his wrist," Green said. "That's pretty much it. He does it often actually, which is kind of adolescent, but whatever."

Harden finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds on 4-of-18 shooting.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Mar 27, 2017 4:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

DeRozan paced the league in scoring (33.3 ppg) and added 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals as the Raptors went 3-0 for the week, extending their winning streak to five and clinching a playoff berth for the fourth straight season.

Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 33.0 points, 13.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.00 steals while shooting 48.5% from the floor.  He had at least 20 points and 10 assists in all three games for the week and has done so 46 times this season.

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Ryan Anderson Out Two Weeks With Sprained Right Ankle

Mar 26, 2017 2:54 PM

Ryan Anderson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

Anderson's tests came back negative.

"The important thing is he can play two or three games before we get into the playoffs," Mike D'Antoni said. "And it looks like he will be on that timetable, we won't push it, and we'll deal with whatever and hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."

On the season, Anderson is averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

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Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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James Harden Helped Facilitate Rockets' Trade For Lou Williams

Mar 24, 2017 6:50 PM

James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Houston Rockets.

“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”

Williams then laughed. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”

Houston, Utah and Washington reached out to Magic Johnson about a deal, with Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, helping to facilitate negotiations.

Williams has averaged 14.5 points in 13 games with the Rockets.

“We needed one more guy that could create, and Lou is perfect,” Mike D’Antoni told The Vertical. “Lou is a professional scorer. In case someone is off, if someone is injured, Lou brings another 15 to 20 points. We still need to incorporate everything. You can never have enough shooters and playmakers, and he does both.”

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Tags: Lou Williams, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden Wants To Play Every Night, Avoid Rest

Mar 21, 2017 10:17 AM

James Harden has no intention of resting during the regular season, urging Mike D'Antoni to keep playing him.

"I'm a hooper," Harden said. "I just want to hoop. I'll rest when I'm done. I feel like my teammates and organization need me to go out there and do what I do. I get obviously paid for it, but it's something I love. I enjoy the grind. I enjoy how hard it is. I think that makes you tougher. That makes you who you are."

Harden is averaging 36.5 minutes per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA, and he has 56 double-doubles and 19 triple-doubles this season.

"I don't know how many examples you need there," D'Antoni said regarding the MVP award and Harden. "He gives you an example every night. If something's better out there, I've never seen it and I've been around. I'm old and I've been around and never seen anything better."

Harden was asked if D'Antoni will try to rest him down the stretch.

"Mike knows not to come at me with that," Harden said.

Harden has missed only one practice this season.

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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season
Troy Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9.

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Straw Poll Of 106 Media Members Shows Harden Ahead Of Westbrook In MVP Race
James Harden received 53 first-place votes while Russell Westbrook had 26 first-place votes.

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Rockets Staying In Baton Rouge Due To High Hotel Prices In New Orleans
The Rockets will hold shootaround in Baton Rouge and then bus nearly two hours to New Orleans on the day of the game.

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Rockets To Sign Troy Williams To 10-Day Contract
Troy Williams was waived by the the Grizzlies in February.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Andrew Bogut also considered the Rockets, Spurs and Celtics.

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Mike D'Antoni Was Encouraged His Style Works By Warriors' Title
While away from the game, Mike D'Antoni talked to Alvin Gentry regularly and also touched base with Steve Kerr a couple of times.

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Unnamed Head Coach: James Harden Has Become Steve Nash On Steroids
James Harden has simplified his life this season, no longer dating Khloe Kardashian, no longer playing beside Dwight Howard and playing point guard under Mike D'Antoni.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Isaiah Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Isaiah Taylor has averaged 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games for the Vipers making 49.7 percent of his shots, 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Lakers Trade Marcelo Huertas To Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets will waive Marcelo Huertas to clear more cap room for the buyout market.

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Rockets Trade K.J. McDaniels To Nets
The Rockets will be able to use K.J. McDaniels' $3 million cap space on the buyout market.

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Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley
Patrick Beverley would like to remain with the Rockets.

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Rockets Interested In Trading For Iman Shumpert
The Rockets are offering expiring contracts and cash savings for trade partners.

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Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Lakers For 1st Rounder, Corey Brewer
The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first round pick to the Lakers for Lou Williams.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'
James Harden has remained close with both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Eric Gordon: Pelicans 'Always Been A Little Dysfunctional'
Eric Gordon tried to leave New Orleans in 2012 when he signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns that was matched.

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LeBron, Durant, Curry, Harden, Westbrook Comprise NBA's Top-5 In Total Earnings
LeBron James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in terms of total earnings for the third straight year at $88 million.

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Rockets Looking For Depth In Trade Market
Daryl Morey is unsure if the Rockets will make a trade ahead of the deadline.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Overtakes Westbrook As Oddsmakers' MVP Favorite
James Harden's odds are at 10/11 compared to 5/4 for Westbrook.

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