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Josh Smith Providing Houston Rockets with Front-Line Future and Questions

May 26th, 2015
When the Detroit Pistons cut Josh Smith, few probably thought he would go on to be the difference in the Houston Rockets making it to the Western Conference Finals, much less surviving a sweep. But that’s what he’s done, and it raises questions for his future with Clutch City because Smith ...

Who the Houston Rockets Should Target in the 2015 NBA Draft

May 19th, 2015
The Houston Rockets are in the Western Conference Finals, but at least a part of the front office’s attention right now must be shifted toward the NBA draft. Who should they be targeting? A lot of draft-related happenings are going on in one week. While the lottery won’t affect the Rockets ...

Stopping Blake Griffin Is Top Priority for Houston Rockets in Game 2

May 5th, 2015
When the Los Angeles Clippers toppled the Houston Rockets in Game 1, stealing home-court advantage in the process, vaunted superstar Chris Paul wasn't even playing. It didn't matter because Blake Griffin was doing unto the Rockets as he had just finished doing unto the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets now are ...

Derrick Rose’s Return May Not Require Much Adjusting from Chicago Bulls

March 31st, 2015
In many ways, this might seem like this is just another year of waiting for the Chicago Bulls coming back from injury. But this return isn’t the same as previous returns, and these Bulls aren’t the same as the old Bulls. The nature of Rose’s injury is different, the team is ...

Mirotic Making NBA Rookie of the Year Race About More Than Just Wiggins

March 24th, 2015
As we headed into the All-Star break, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves was going to win the Rookie of the Year. But the Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic is making this a far closer—and more unconventional—race than we’ve ever had before. We can distill ...

Don’t Count out Chicago Bulls from NBA’s Title Race Just Yet

March 17th, 2015
If the playoffs started today, the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t go very far. They’ve been pretty awful lately. In the month of March, they are 3-6. They’ve been outscored by 5.2 points per game, according to NBA.com/Stats. Only seven teams have a worse plus-minus. Their offensive rating is just 98.9, 23rd in ...

How Donatas Motiejunas Became Houston Rockets’ Best Low-Post Scorer Threat

March 10th, 2015
Donatas Motiejunas has turned out to be the right answer, but apparently the Houston Rockets got the question wrong. They thought he was going to be their stretch 4. Instead, he’s become the team’s best low-post scorer. And as far as the Rockets' philosophy goes, that’s just as good. There are ...

Who Will Carry These Injured Chicago Bulls to the Playoffs?

March 3rd, 2015
If “ball is life,” then being a Chicago Bulls fan must be death. The sucker punches keep coming. First, Derrick Rose is out four to six weeks with another knee injury. Then, Taj Gibson, who has already missed one week, is out for another. Now, you can add Jimmy Butler to the ...

‘Headband Brothers’ Josh Smith and Corey Brewer Are Coming Up Big for Rockets

February 24th, 2015
When the Houston Rockets acquired Corey Brewer and Josh Smith in December, it wasn’t immediately obvious how well they would mesh together. However, the pairing—along with fellow “Headband Brother” Jason Terry—is turning the Rockets' bench into one of the best in the league. For the first month of the season, the Rockets’ ...

Houston Rockets’ Playoff Hopes Hinge on Dwight Howard’s Injured Knee

February 3rd, 2015
The Houston Rockets are built to win their first playoff series since 2009 but only if Dwight Howard’s knee can hold up. And with him sitting a prolonged period for the second time this season, that’s a growing concern. However, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Rockets feel he should be ...