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Will James Harden’s Ref-Baiting Come Back to Bite Him?

December 9th, 2014
James Harden goes to the free-throw strip a lot. He’s attempted (192) and made (172) more freebies than anyone in the league this year. Is there something foul to the frequency with which he draws fouls? Is he a ref-baiter? And will it come back to bite him in the ...

5 Potential Midseason Acquisitions for the Houston Rockets

December 2nd, 2014
The Houston Rockets have another tool in their belt they can use before the season is over: the trade exception from dealing Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers last summer. They have various assets they can offer in return for anyone they might acquire. Daryl Morey, prior to the season, ...

The Best New Rivalries in the NBA

December 2nd, 2014
There is a need for new NBA rivalries to take hold of our imagination and make us turn on the TV. For years, the greatest feud was the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, that enmity has been laid dormant, as both teams are relegated to rebuilding obscurity. On ...

How Safe Is Patrick Beverley’s Job as Houston Rockets’ Starting Point Guard?

November 29th, 2014
As the Houston Rockets’ starting point guard Patrick Beverley continues to miss games with injury, the Rockets’ failure to miss him much raises questions about his importance to the starting lineup. It has been demonstrated he is replaceable. That could come from within the existing structure of the team, with Isaiah ...

How James Harden Can Become Dark-Horse NBA MVP Candidate

November 11th, 2014
James Harden is leading the Houston Rockets to a surprisingly good start. In fact, if things continue on their present trajectory he might even win the Most Valuable Player award. The MVP is one of the more misunderstood and controversial awards because "valuable" is not clearly defined. “Value” is about as ...

3 NBA Players Who Could Learn a Lot from Watching Joakim Noah

October 31st, 2014
Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, more than any player in the league, is better defined by his intangibles than his numbers. There are more talented centers in the league, but Noah plays on their level because of who he is as much as what he does. What if they ...

7 Bold Predictions for the Houston Rockets During 2014-15 Season

October 24th, 2014
The Houston Rockets are preparing to launch their regular season, the fans are ready to watch in enthusiasm and the analysts are ready to predict what happens. What is in store for Clutch City? Will they be surprisingly good, shockingly bad or about what we expect them to be? Will they ...

Predicting the Biggest Changes We’ll See from Houston Rockets Next Season

September 26th, 2014
The Houston Rockets face a paradoxical conundrum: While they technically got worse, they are at a point in their rebuilding efforts when they are normally expected to improve. That presents some big challenges for them in the upcoming campaign. During the offseason, Houston attempted to bring over a max-contract stud but ...

Why Some NBA Points Mean More Than Others

September 19th, 2014
Of all the stats in basketball, none are as prestigious as points. But some points are still better than others. Nothing can validate a player more than pouring in a massive number of basketballs through the net. It’s reasonable that it should be the case. After all, the end objective of ...

How Can You Really Know Which NBA Point Guards Are Succeeding?

September 5th, 2014
What constitutes a good point guard? Is he in the traditional, “pass-first” mold or the new type who also looks to score? And can Passer Rating illuminate anything on the conversation? What is Passer Rating you ask? In the simplest terms, it should be understood as an estimate of the number ...