Mar 10, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony and James Harden have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 3, through Sunday, March 9.
Harden led the Houston Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the conference) and 2.50 steals (tied for third in the conference).
Anthony led the New York Knicks to a 3-1 week behind averages of 29.0 points (third in the conference), 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.75 steals (fifth in the conference).
Mar 09, 2014 1:24 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have reassigned Troy Daniels to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
Daniels scored five points in the Rockets' win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Daniels has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.
Mar 03, 2014 2:59 PM EST
John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, March 2.
Wall led the Washington Wizards to a 3-0 week, behind averages of 25.0 points (seventh in the conference), 10.7 assists (tied for first in the league) and 2.0 steals.
Harden led the Houston Rockets to a 2-1 week behind averages of 27.0 points (tied for third in the conference), 7.7 assists (fifth in the conference) and 2.0 steals.
Mar 03, 2014 1:49 PM EST
Kevin McHale and Erik Spoelstra have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for February.
The Houston Rockets had an 8-2 record during the month of February.
Spoelstra led the Miami Heat to a 9-1 record in February.
Mar 01, 2014 1:58 AM EST
Greg Smith has been ruled out indefinitely after exploratory arthroscopic surgery to repair medial meniscus tear in his right knee, the Houston Rockets announced.
Smith has missed a large part of the season due to injuries.
Feb 28, 2014 12:07 PM EST
George Karl and Daryl Morey agreed that you cannot play a slow pace in today's NBA in a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Defenses are just too good, they said, with Morey citing Tom Thibodeau's ability to smother teams deep in the shot clock. The data show clearly that early scores are vital.
Morey discussed the different use of Dwight Howard by the Houston Rockets. Stan Van Gundy ran set plays for Howard when he was with the Orlando Magic, but he is getting the ball with the Rockets in unpredictable situations and scoring efficiently.
A quick-hitting, fast-thinking attack wins.
Morey recalled reports the Rockets use to run on the effectiveness of different plays called by then-head coach Jeff Van Gundy was with Houston. Above all the set plays was a play categorized as Random, when a play call broke down and a random screen was set to free up a scorer. This was the most effective play.
Karl thought back to the time after the Denver Nuggets acquired Raymond Felton. Karl said he thought Felton was perhaps his best guard at the time but Lawson had the starting job. So to improve Denver's ability to make fast decisions, Karl played them together. Karl believes this may have started a trend in the league of a two-point guard offense.
The panel discussed fouling up three in the closing seconds. Even though the numbers support taking the foul, it's not done widely. Karl cited a lack of devoted practice time to making sure teams can execute a two-shot foul.
Morey said you should win the game almost always either way, but cited coaches wanting to show confidence in their defense to stop the three, or just the embarrassment factor of not wanting to give up the three-point foul. Kobe Bryant was named as one of the best at anticipating the intentional foul and getting off an attempt from behind the arc as the contact is made.
Feb 27, 2014 5:40 PM EST
Ben Gordon and the Charlotte Bobcats continue dialogue on a buyout.
The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets are pitching two-year deals with a team option for 14-15. Gordon would prefer a deal that does not impact his free agency.
Feb 27, 2014 1:22 PM EST
Danny Granger is having phone conversations on Thursday with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
Granger is expected to sign with the Clippers or Spurs, according to most reports.
Granger agreed to a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Feb 26, 2014 10:36 AM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers and Danny Granger are expected to finish their buyout agreement on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs are expected to be considered by Granger.
Feb 25, 2014 4:17 PM EST
The Houston Rockets have given up 14.7 second chance points per game this season, which ranks second-worst in the NBA behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Rockets have given up just 7.3 per game during their three-game road trip and believe shoring up defensive rebound is the area is the only issue holding back the defense.
“That’s the only thing stopping our defense from being elite,” Chandler Parsons said. “You have to have understanding of time and place. You have to understand when to go (on a fast break) and when not to go.
“We knew defensive rebounding was a problem so we focused, watched film and fixed it.”
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Troy Daniels has spent the season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and will remain with the D-League team.
Jordan Hamilton has been traded to the Rockets, a source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.
Feb 19, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Darryl Morey and Danny Ainge are former colleagues in the Celtics' front office, which could help facilitate a trade.
Dwight Howard returns to play Los Angeles to play the Lakers for the first time since his departure to sign with the Rockets.
Feb 18, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Jeremy Lin's contract expires after the 14-15 season, which preserves their cap flexibility for 2015.
Sources say the Rockets continue to seek a first round pick for Omer Asik.
The Rockets have re-assigned Isaiah Canaan to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
Jeremy Lin has been a needed scorer for the Rockets and they would struggle to bring back comparable value due to his escalating salary.
Dwight Howard was significantly healthier and happier in this year's All-Star Game compared to his lone appearances with the Lakers.
The Rockets had discussions with Andrew Bynum but elected not to make a contract offer, according to a source.
James Harden played for Scott Brooks as a member of the Thunder.
The Rockets have a 35-17 record, while ranking sixth on offense and 13th on defense in regards to efficiency.
Marcus Camby returned to on-court activities two weeks ago and has shown positive signs in his rehab.
The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap and Damian Lillard are first time All-Stars.
Royce White has struggled with an anxiety disorder and has expressed concerns with how the Rockets handled his condition.
Francisco Garcia holds a player option for next season.
Dwight Howard has been away from USA Basketball for six years.
Isaiah Canaan has split time this season between the Rockets and Vipers.
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Robert Covington has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.
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