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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.

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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

Greg Smith Clears Waivers

Greg Smith has cleared waivers after being released this week by the Houston Rockets.

Smith was waived in order for the Rockets to sign Dexter Pittman.

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

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

The Houston Rockets agreed to sign Dexter Pittman while waiving Greg Smith.

Smith has missed most of the season due to a knee injury.

Pittman, who went to training camp with the Chicago Bulls and later signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

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

Both players have spent the majority of the season with the Rockets' D-League affiliate.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Interested In Malcolm Delaney

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

But the Rockets are leaning against making a late addition to their roster due the probability of Patrick Beverley returning from his meniscus injury.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Parsons Wants To Successfully Guard One Through Four

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

"I want to be able to guard one through four [point guards through power forwards]," said Parsons. "I’ve been trying to get there all year. Tonight, I’m starting on Deron Williams. Last night, I started on Chris Paul. I have to continue to get stronger, guard the post better, guard on pindowns better. With added strength, I think all that will develop better."

Parsons hasn't played as much small ball power forward this season.

"I’m good playing against bigger guys, in mismatches, facilitating from the top of the floor, and in the trail spot. It can work to our advantage sometimes. Mac [Kevin McHale] will still go to it sometimes when we’re down a little bit."

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Houston Rockets Archives

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.

Ben Gordon, Bobcats Continue Buyout Talks; Bulls, Clippers, Rockets Interested

Ben Gordon and the Bobcats continue dialogue on a buyout.

Granger Having Thursday Calls With Spurs, Clippers, Heat, Rockets, Bulls

Danny Granger is expected to sign with the Clippers or Spurs.

Granger Buyout Expected Wednesday, Clippers, Bulls, Heat, Rockets, Spurs Interested

The 76ers and Danny Granger are expected to finish their buyout agreement on Wednesday.

Rockets Believe Defensive Rebounding Preventing Defense From Being Elite

The Rockets have given up 14.7 second chance points per game this season.

Rockets Sign Troy Daniels, Waive Ronnie Brewer

Troy Daniels has spent the season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and will remain with the D-League team.
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