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James Harden Characterizes Streak As Something He Has To Do To Help Rockets Win

Feb 19, 2019 12:44 PM

The Houston Rockets are 21-10 during James Harden's streak of 30 points in 31 games. Harden says the streak is out of necessity rather than trying to achieve an individual goal.

"The scoring streak is obviously amazing, but it's something that I just had to do because of our situation," Harden said. "We had all the injuries and guys in and out of the lineup and things like that. So I think the streak just started happening, and now it's like something to talk about.

"But it's not something that I'm really honestly focused on. That's something I have to do in order to give us a chance to win the game."

Harden is averaging 41.5 points on 27.3 field goal attempts during his streak. 

Harden admitted it is sometimes difficult to block out criticism of his style.

"Yeah, I hear it. It's hard not to hear it -- especially nowadays," Harden said. "You have social media. You have fans that are reading what people saying and ask me about it ...

"I try my best to block [criticism] out, but it's kind of hard, you know? Especially when it's coming from like ex-NBA players, you know? So it makes it more difficult, but, obviously, everybody's entitled to their own opinion."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Clint Capela Expected To Return After All-Star Break

Feb 14, 2019 1:28 AM

Mike D'Antoni stated that the Houston Rockets game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night was "the last one until Clint comes back, probably."

Capela has been out since injuring his thumb on January 13th.

"He's doing everything without contact. I guess those two practices will determine whether he will play the first game (after the break) or not," added D'Antoni.

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Tags: Clint Capela, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Markieff Morris Cleared To Play, Receives Interest From Rockets, Lakers

Feb 11, 2019 7:56 PM

Markieff Morris has been cleared to play following a neck injury.

Morris has been sidelined since Dec. 26 after being diagnosed with transient cervical neurapraxia.

Morris has received interest from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Morris was traded by the Washington Wizards to the New Orleans Pelicans and then was waived.

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Tags: Markieff Morris, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Rockets Get Under Tax With Trade Of Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin To Pacers

Feb 7, 2019 1:17 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Indiana Pacers.

Houston will also send cash and a second round pick.

The deal allows the Rockets to get under the luxury tax.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Wade Baldwin IV, Nik Stauskas, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Trade James Ennis To 76ers For 2021 2nd Round Swap

Feb 7, 2019 12:11 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade James Ennis to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Rockets will have swap rights to a 2021 second round pick.

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Tags: James Ennis, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert, Kings Get Alec Burks In Three-Way Trade

Feb 6, 2019 8:04 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to acquire Iman Shumpert in a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sacramento will acquire Alec Burks as part of the deal.

The Cavaliers will receive the contract of Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a lottery protected first round pick in 2019.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Looking To Acquire Alec Burks From Cavs

Feb 6, 2019 1:13 AM

The Houston Rockets are discussing a deal to acquire Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Rockets would send Brandon Knight and their 2019 1st-round pick over to Cleveland.

The Cavs acquired Burks and two 2nd-round picks from the Jazz for Kyle Korver last November. 

“I don’t believe in rumors until something happens. If nothing happens then I’m not going nowhere. If something happens, it happens. I enjoy my time here and hopefully it keeps going," said Burks following a loss to the Celtics.

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Tags: Alec Burks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Doesn't Believe James Harden's Style Will Ever Win Title

Feb 5, 2019 9:51 AM

Kobe Bryant doesn't believe the playing style of James Harden will ever result in an NBA title.

"Well, I think he has to do what he has to do in order for his team to win," Bryant said in an interview with ESPN's The Jump. "And there's certain levels to it. So, there's the style of play in which he's using, which I'm not a fan of in terms of winning championships. I don't think that style's ever gonna win championships."

Harden has scored at least 30 points in 27 straight games.

"But at the same time, you have to keep your team's head above water to win games," Bryant said. "So, you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he's doing it."

When told of Bryant's comments, Harden agreed.

"I mean, I have to be ball dominant just because we have injuries," explained Harden. "We had injuries throughout the course of the year, but when we get Chris [Paul] in a rhythm and Eric [Gordon] back and get our full roster, we got multiple guys that can make plays, multiple guys that can dominate the ball."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Mike Malone: Nuggets 'Not Scared Of Anybody', Ready For Rockets In Playoffs

Feb 2, 2019 3:44 PM

Mike Malone said he wasn't afraid of any team following the Denver Nuggets' 136-122 win over the Houston Rockets.

He added that the Nuggets know what it takes to beat the Rockets in a playoff series.

"We've beaten all comers. We're not scared of anybody. If we play them in the playoffs, now we know we've beaten this team. We know what it takes to beat them," said Malone.

 

Malik Beasley had a career-high 35 points. 

"I definitely think this is a statement performance to show the world who I am. I'm not just out there on the bench. I'm not just on this team with a lot of great players. I am a player," added Beasley.

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Tags: Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Rockets, Grizzlies Discussing Brandon Knight Deal

Feb 2, 2019 12:19 PM

The Houston Rockets are looking to offload Brandon Knight's contract to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Rockets would also send the Grizzlies a 1st-round pick to take Knight's contract.

Knight has 1 more year remaining on his deal. He is making $14.6 million this season, and $15.6 million next season. 

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Tags: Brandon Knight, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Marquese Chriss Seeks More Playing Time Or Trade From Rockets
Chriss has appeared in just 15 games this season with the Rockets.

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James Harden: Chris Paul Had 'A Little Extra Pep' In His Return
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PJ Tucker: James Harden Can Play Defense 'When He Wants To'
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Chris Paul Set To Make Return On Sunday
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James Harden Joins Wilt Chamberlain With 20th Straight 30-Point Game
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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Have New Team Around Trade Deadline
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Rockets To Sign James Nunnally To 10-Day Contract
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Rockets Interested In James Nunnally On 10-Day Contract
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James Harden Records 17th Straight Game With Over 30 Points
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