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John Wall's Redemption Tour

by Colin McGowan

Jan 27, 2021 5:07 PM

A younger John Wall could have done some serious damage in a league like this. As it stands, the increased spacing and rapid action are helping him do a decent impression of his old self. Read more »

Tags: John Wall, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, NBA

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2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

Dec 21, 2020 1:19 PM

While the Mavericks appear to be the only playoff lock in the division, the Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans should all at least be in the Play-In mix. Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Thirty Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers

by Colin McGowan

Dec 9, 2020 8:20 AM

When a player demands not to suffer from circumstances he helped create, he's not exactly correct, in any moral sense, but professional sports is not about morals. It's big business, legalized and marginally more civil mafia activity. Read more »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, NBA

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The Small Market Energy Of Free Agency Panic

by John Wilmes

Despite historical evidence to the contrary, some argue this strain of superstar liberation is novel and it's here to obliterate the league. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

James Harden is on the verge of being by himself, in a cubicle, hurtling through the cosmos. This is likely the optimal way to appreciate Harden: at a distance, without meaningful investment. Read more »
Daryl Morey And The Inescapable Self

by Colin McGowan

Sportsworld didn't have the vocabulary to talk about someone like Daryl Morey when the Rockets made him GM in 2007, and it hasn't really developed one all these years later as he heads to Philadelphia. Read more »
P.J. Tucker Is The Key To The Rockets' Smallball Dreams

by Micah Wimmer

A component of small ball is a type of player that is very hard to find: a floor spacer with the requisite size to keep the team from being destroyed in the paint and on the boards as well as the quickness to switch everything. Read more »
The Rockets Are Testing The Limits Of Small Ball

by John Wilmes

Small ball is moving toward a new gimmick-driven paradigm, inspired by a misinterpretation of what made those Warriors so great. It's a rising style, and one that's more than ripe for a new counter-exploitation. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Smith Pulls Up

by Colin McGowan

Josh Smith was damn good, all things considered, but so frequently and heavily lamented that he became more closely associated with his poor decisions than his broad range of talents. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Steve Francis Flames Out

by Colin McGowan

It was a miracle that Steve Francis made it to the NBA, and that miracle was primarily self-delivered. In retrospect, Francis was fighting against a lot more than his id. Read more »
The Pleasures Of Chris Paul Playing For Low Stakes

by Colin McGowan

Chris Paul might have been happy for the opportunity to compete for titles in Los Angeles and Houston, but he was miserable throughout every game. Read more »
2019-20 Southwest Division Preview

by Keith P Smith

On the Grizzlies' exciting rebuild, Houston's big gamble on Russell Westbrook, Dallas seeing what they have in Doncic and Porzingis, the Pelicans in Year 1 of the Zion era, and the Spurs doing very little but outperforming expectations yet again. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

You get the sense Ralph Sampson, if he had been designed by NASA engineers rather than a cruel god, still would have ended up as one of the great Yeah, But guys of his generation: an immensely gifted, lightly snakebitten antecedent to Vince Carter and Chris Webber. Read more »
Stars In Exile: Chris Paul And Blake Griffin After Lob City

by Micah Wimmer

The twin fates of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul speak to the fickle nature of player power and to the boom or bust mentality that has taken over team management. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Full-Blown Conundrum

by Colin McGowan

Russell Westbrook can either rage against the minor humbling he's been due his entire career, or he makes a few changes to his approach and we see how far the Rockets can go with everybody on the same page. Read more »
2019 Western Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
Chris Paul In Exile

by Colin McGowan

After burning through two franchises in three years, Chris Paul is now what other people make of him, and not the other way around, as he's so strongly insisted over all these years. Read more »
Houston Rockets: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

Daryl Morey promised changes this summer, but it's a little hard to see where those changes are going to come from. Read more »
The Lie Of Golden State's Inevitability That Describes The Truth

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors didn't exactly play like giants in Game 5 so much as they played like themselves- brilliantly, then sloppily, then plenty well enough to win. Kevin Durant wasn't there at the end, but then again neither was James Harden. Read more »