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Carlisle Believes Refs Have Not Controlled Physicality In Mavs-Rockets Series

Apr 25, 2015 12:57 PM

Rick Carlisle criticized the officiating after the Dallas Mavericks' loss in Game 3 to fall to a 3-0 deficit to the Houston Rockets.

“They’re a more physical team,” Carlisle said, “but this series has got to be played within the rules.

“My hope is that in Game 4 — the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter. We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench.”

Mark Cuban also appeared agitated about the officiating, with Adam Silver in attendance.

“That stuff’s got to stop,” Carlisle said. “The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.”

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Josh Smith Following 9-Assist 2nd Half: This Is Why I Came Here

Apr 22, 2015 11:26 AM

Josh Smith controlled the second half of the Houston Rockets' Game 2 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Smith had 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 20 minutes in the second half. Of those nine assists, six were on dunks and five were lobs to Dwight Howard. 

Toni Kukoc is the only other forward since 1985 to record nine or more assists as a reserve in a playoff game.

"This is why I came here," Smith told Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Seth Partnow/Washington Post

Tags: Josh Smith, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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K.J. McDaniels Likely Out For Season With Fractured Wrist

Apr 16, 2015 4:31 PM

K.J. McDaniels will likely miss the remainder of the season with a fractured wrist.

McDaniels was acquired by the Houston Rockets from the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline and played sparingly. McDaniels was unlikely to play in the playoffs.

McDaniels will be a restricted free agent in the summer.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: K.J. McDaniels, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Brook Lopez, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Apr 6, 2015 3:20 PM

Brook Lopez and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week, averaging 20.8 ppg on 59.4 percent shooting, 10.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg in 36.0 mpg. He posted two double-doubles and one 30-point game during his most recent four-game stretch. Lopez also won the award last week.

Harden averaged 36.8 points per game last week.

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Tags: James Harden, Brook Lopez, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Award

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Dwight Howard Hopes To Increase Minutes

Apr 3, 2015 1:55 PM

Dwight Howard has been on a minutes restriction since returning from resting his knee.

“It’s tough playing three, four-minute stretches and then coming out of the game,” Howard said. “There are points where I feel like I am just about to get going, then coach says ‘you’re on a minutes restriction and have to come out,’ so it is tough.”

Howard has been comfortable in his time on the floor.

“I need to be able to play more minutes,” Howard said. “I think the more games I play, the more they will change that restriction. Tonight was 20. Hopefully the next game I can go 28 and go from there.

“It’s really on me at this point. It’s about how I feel and how I am playing. I just want to be patient and sure I am ready to go for a long playoff run.”

 

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Patrick Beverley To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Out For Season

Mar 30, 2015 2:20 PM

Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the season after deciding to undergo surgery on his wrist.

Beverley has had multiple injuries, struggling through last season’s playoffs with a knee injury and going out this season after two games with a hamstring injury.

Beverley will be a free agent this offseason.

 

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dwight: Harden And I Aren't Super Close But We Talk

Mar 28, 2015 2:32 PM

Dwight Howard disputes comments from Kobe Bryant that he was uncomfortable with Bryant's "combative" approach during their one season together.

“It wasn’t that I was uncomfortable with who [Bryant] was as a player or a person, that was never the issue to me,” Howard said. “I think that kind of gets twisted because of how things ended up. Everybody on that team got injured. I think we had five games together before somebody was injured. …  I didn’t have an issue back then how Kobe was. Kobe wanted to win as badly as I did. Our personalities are different. I’m not a guy who is going to go off on my teammates. I tried that approach and for me it didn’t work. For Kobe, it works. He’s won a couple championships. He’s also played with some great talent. For the most part, it just wasn’t the time for us to win.”

 

Howard was asked if his relationship with Bryant has informed how he and James Harden get along.

“We’re not super close but we do talk, we sit down, we have conversations,” Howard said of Harden. “I’ve never had any issue with James. The biggest reason for me to come to Houston was to play alongside James. I knew I made [the right decision] when I first made it, watching him play and now how he’s grown as a player and a person. It’s great to watch. I came to win. There’s no ego with me, it’s not about me. It’s about us, what we can do together. I’ve won all the individual awards, besides the MVP, and at this point all that stuff is irrelevant. What’s more important is us coming together to win a championship."

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Dwight Howard, James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Donatas Motiejunas Out Minimum Of 1-2 Weeks With Back Injury

Mar 27, 2015 10:58 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will be removed from basketball activities for one to two weeks and be reevaluated, the Houston Rockets announced Friday.

Motiejunas has lower back pain.

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Dwight Howard Returns With 4 Points, 7 Rebounds In 16 Minutes

Mar 26, 2015 12:49 PM

Dwight Howard returned to the Houston Rockets for the first time since Jan. 23 in their 95-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

“My whole point was to do whatever I can to help this team win and play as hard as I can for as long as I can,” Howard said. “It just felt good being back out on the floor.”

 

Howard played just over 16 minutes after two months of rehab on his knee.

Howard had four points and seven rebounds.

“I felt pretty good,” Howard said. “It seemed like as soon as I got out there, it was time to sit down. It was an adjustment period for me. I’m just happy to be back out there playing.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Patrick Beverley Has Torn Ligament In Wrist
Patrick Beverley will wait 7-10 days before deciding his next steps.

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Dwight Howard Returning On Wednesday With Minutes Restriction
Dwight Howard will be on a minutes restriction and play approximately 16 minutes.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Patrick Beverley Could Be Out For Season With Wrist Injury
Patrick Beverley could have a season-ending wrist injury.

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Dwight Howard To Return On Wednesday After Being Out Two Months
Dwight Howard hasn't played since Jan. 23.

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Terrence Jones Out At Least One Week With Partially Collapsed Lung
Terrence Jones will be out at least a week with a partially collapsed lung.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Dwight Howard Close To Return From Resting Knee
Dwight Howard has missed 23 games to rest his right knee and went through a full practice earlier this week.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Dwight Howard Expects To Return In Two Weeks
Dwight Howard added his knee feels good, he hasn't had any problems or setbacks and his conditioning is good.

Lisa Salters/ESPN

Dwight Howard Now More 'Explosive' Than At Any Other Point This Season
Dwight Howard hasn't played since Jan. 23.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Rehab
Dwight Howard has begun on-court rehabilitation as he works his way back from his knee edema.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Kerr Believes Curry Deserves MVP, Won't Promote Him For Award
Stephen Curry and James Harden are the two most likely MVP award recipients, according to the Bovada Sportsbook.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Dwight Howard Progressing 'On Schedule', Hasn't Begun On-Court Rehab
Dwight Howard has been out since Jan. 30 with the edema.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Suspended One Game By NBA For Kicking LeBron James
James Harden has been suspended one game without pay for kicking LeBron James, the NBA announced on Monday.

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76ers Waive JaVale McGee, Allowed To Sign With Playoff Team
JaVale McGee did not have to give any money back to become a free agent.

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Daryl Morey: Even We Had Doubts About James Harden Trade
Some believed James Harden would not be able to extend his production to superstar minutes when he was 6th Man of the Year with the Thunder.

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James Harden Sprains Right Ankle
James Harden left the arena limping badly.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Pablo Prigioni Traded By Knicks To Rockets For Two 2nd Rounders
Pablo Prigioni gives the Rockets more depth at point guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kings, Rockets Warned Goran Dragic Won't Re-Sign If Traded
The Suns are pursuing trades outside the preferred list of Goran Dragic, which is believed to feature the Knicks, Lakers and Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings
Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Heat, Lakers or Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Reggie Jackson Requests Trade From Thunder
Reggie Jackson has averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds for the Thunder this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Appear Prepared To Trade Goran Dragic
The Suns appear to be ready to trade away Goran Dragic rather than risk letting him leave in free agency.

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