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Patrick Beverley Not In Increased Danger To Reinjure Knee

Patrick Beverley returned Wednesday after spraining his right knee in Game 1, a knee in which he suffered a torn meniscus on March 27.

Beverley's agent, Kevin Bradbury, said the Houston Rockets' guard is in no increased danger of reinjuring his knee by continuing to play. Beverley was cleared by the medical staff.

“The other night, he hyper-extended that thing and banged it on the ground,” Bradbury said. “That will cause lots of pain, but there was no swelling. It calmed down. If a doctor tells me there is a chance he can do something more to himself, it’s a tough spot to be in, but you have to make the best decision for the kid’s future.

“The debris (from the initial injury) is gone. It’s smooth. Dr. Andrews said ‘I would not recommend doing anything on this even if it was the off-season.’ He was cleared medically to play. You are not going to re-tear it. That piece of meniscus is gone. It’s not coming back and getting torn again. It’s gone. “

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

NBA Admits Referees Should Have Awarded Howard Two Free Throws On Late Boxout With Freeland

The NBA acknowledged the officials missed a late call in the Portland Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 on Sunday.

"After video review by the league office, we have determined that the officials were incorrect in assessing a foul to the Rockets' Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime," Rod Thorn said in a statement. "The foul should have been called on the Blazers' Joel Freeland and Howard should have been awarded two free throws."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Patrick Beverley To Undergo MRI On Reinjured Right Knee

Patrick Beverley will undergo an MRI on Monday after reinjuring his right knee.

Beverley suffered the injury in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Beverley missed time this season due to a torn right meniscus but returned before the season ended.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bulls Were Increasingly Confident Of Carmelo Chances Even Before Cap News

The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.

The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.

The Houston Rockets are also confident that they can create space for Anthony.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Robert Covington Named D-League Rookie Of The Year

Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington has been the named the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the course of the season.

Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games on assignment from the Rockets, 41 as a starter. He averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field. He rounded out his stat line averaging a Vipers-best 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals, second-highest in the league. During the regular season, Covington led the team in scoring 21 times and was the Vipers leading rebounder in 13 contests. He scored in double figures in 41 of his 42 games in Rio Grande Valley, recording two 40-plus point games and four additional 30-plus point outings.

All-Time NBA D-League Rookie of the Year winners
2012-13: Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011-12: Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards
2010-11: DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
2009-10: Alonzo Gee,* Austin Toros
2008-09: Othyus Jeffers,* Iowa Energy
2007-08: Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards
2006-07: Louis Amundson,* Colorado 14ers
2005-06: Will Bynum,* Roanoke Dazzle
2004-05: James Thomas, Roanoke Dazzle
2003-04: Desmond Penigar, Asheville Altitude
2002-03: Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
2001-02: Fred House, Charleston Lowgators

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before turning down a contract extension offer and subsequently being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012.

“I thought we were going to be together forever," Harden said in a sit down interview. "Russell Westbrook. James Harden. Kevin Durant."

When asked whether he would still be in Oklahoma City if money was not a factor, Harden said: "Definitely. Definitely. No question.

"I felt like I already made a sacrifice coming off the bench and doing whatever it takes to help the team, and they weren’t willing to help me."

Via Hannah Storm/ESPN

Rockets To Sign Josh Powell

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.

A two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Powell had spent the season playing overseas. He averaged 15 points and 9.9 rebounds in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Powell went to training camp with the New York Knicks in October.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

The Houston Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both have spent a large part of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Houston Rockets Archives

Greg Smith Clears Waivers

Greg Smith averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes in 11 appearances with the Rockets.

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

Dexter Pittman has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

The Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Rockets Interested In Malcolm Delaney

The Rockets are interested in signing Malcolm Delaney of Bayern Munich.

Parsons Wants To Successfully Guard One Through Four

Chandler Parsons has prioritized his versatility on defense as the biggest skill to improve upon.

Patrick Beverley Won't Need Surgery, Expected To Return This Season

Patrick Beverely will be able to return this season.

Patrick Beverley Expects To Return This Season From Torn Meniscus

Patrick Beverley said he could be out 10 to 14 days or up to four weeks.

Beverley Suffers Torn Meniscus

Patrick Beverley's timetable for return has not yet been determined.

Kelvin Sampson Emerges As Candidate For University Of Houston

Kelvin Sampson had 18 consecutive winning seasons at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana.

Rockets Glad To Still Have Omer Asik

The Rockets were unable to find a worthy trade for Omer Asik to balance their roster and instead kept him as an insurance policy.

Rockets Attempted To Trade For Kyle Lowry At Deadline

The Rockets attempted to reacquire Kyle Lowry less than two years after trading him to the Raptors.

Dwight Howard Day-To-Day With Ankle Strain After Undergoing MRI

An MRI confirmed a strained left ankle and Dwight Howard will be day-to-day.

Bulls, Rockets Emerge As Carmelo's Options If He Decides To Leave Knicks

The Bulls have an easier path to sign Carmelo Anthony to a contract, but the Rockets believe they can also shed enough contracts.

Source: Rockets Expected To Pursue Carmelo Anthony

The Rockets inquired about the availability of Carmelo Anthony at the deadline.

James Harden, Carmelo Anthony Named Players Of Week

James Harden led the Rockets to a 4-0 week.

Rockets Assign Troy Daniels To D-League

Troy Daniels has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

John Wall led the Wizards to a 3-0 week.

McHale, Spoelstra Named Coaches Of The Month For February

Kevin McHale and Erik Spoelstra have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for February.

Greg Smith Out Indefinitely Due To Knee Surgery

Greg Smith has missed a large part of the season due to injuries.

Sloan: Morey, Karl Discuss Why Teams Must Play Fast

Dwight Howard is getting the ball with the Rockets in unpredictable situations and scoring efficiently.
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