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Houston Rockets Give Daryl Morey Plenty of Ammunition to Make Changes

March 5th, 2012
If management measured Kevin Martin’s job security by crunch-time execution, then his career skipped off the back rim twice and into Blake Griffin’s hands Sunday night. The Rockets botched a trio of opportunities to take late leads in a crucial home match against the Los Angeles Clippers and lost 105-103 ...

NBA Lockout: 10 Ideas To Bridge Labor Dispute Gap, Save Season

August 12th, 2011
The one thing players and owners can agree on in the NBA’s 39-day-old work stoppage is that they disagree on everything. That includes—much to the chagrin of the sport’s supporters—whether the two sides should even push to salvage the season. The hard-line bosses want the league’s new collective bargaining agreement ...

Houston Rockets Fans Should Shower Team with Cheers Tonight: An Open Letter

April 11th, 2011
Dear Rockets fans, and by that I mean the jewelry rattlers who "occupy" the club seats in the lower bowl. I come to you with a plea. The men you shell out thousands to "watch" on the hardwood each year close out the home slate against the Dallas Mavericks tonight. The ...

Houston Rockets: Five Priorities in Wake of Elimination from Playoff Contention

April 9th, 2011
Kyle Lowry watched his layup careen off the rim and collapsed as if the moment signaled the finality the Houston Rockets never wanted to come. His would-be game-tying floater danced around the cylinder until gravity stopped the music and exterminated the team’s postseason hopes. The New Orleans Hornets, unlike the Sacramento Kings the ...

Houston Rockets Roar into NBA Playoff Picture with Home Heart, Road Grit

March 22nd, 2011
They each showed it in different ways. Chuck Hayes growled, grumbled, shoved and whacked Kevin Garnett like a piñata. Candy did not emerge from a tattered Big Ticket. Just a blowout Rockets win. KG was the one getting punked for a change. Chase Budinger, who sprained his ankle in Sunday's ...

San Antonio Spurs Show Miami Heat How Endurance Can Breed Serendipity

March 5th, 2011
Karma can indeed resemble a female dog. For LeBron James in San Antonio, it looked like the Medusa brandishing machine guns and machetes. It refused to exit center stage a la the Octomom. Karma, on this night, packed a more painful punch than Hilary Swank's character in Million Dollar Baby. ...

Houston Rockets Trade Deadline Report Card: Grading The Team’s Assets

February 11th, 2011
Feb. 24 weighs on each member of the Houston Rockets like a sack of bricks compounded by a tractor trailer filled with washing machines. It hangs over the locker room and leaves a signature stench like fish guts suspended by a clothesline. The date forces players to keep their realtors on speed ...

San Antonio Spurs Give L.A. Lakers a Late Tip: Poise Works in Late Spring

February 4th, 2011
The Lakers will rue a series of botched boxouts. They should worry more about the uncontested, top-of-the-key trey Manu Ginobili missed with 12 seconds left. He has bagged that look hundreds of times. They should agonize over the teardrop Tony Parker short-armed and clanged. The Frenchman built a career on that shot. The two-time defending ...

Houston Rockets and New York Knicks’ Unfinished Business Goes Beyond a Game

January 20th, 2011
From "nyet" to "hello 'Melo?" New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's astonishing "no" to Carmelo Anthony made Wednesday's contest between the Knicks and Rockets a bit juicier. The New York-Houston front office tussle means even more now. The Rockets' 104-89 victory did not settle a trade, but it was impossible to watch the two teams joust and not think ...

San Antonio Spurs Defensive Improvements Portend Strong Finish

January 12th, 2011
Hello again. That might have been Gregg Popovich's initial reaction after his club stymied a third straight opponent with the suffocating defense that marked and defined four title runs. The Spurs finished a rare home-and-home against the Timberwolves by trouncing Minnesota 107-96. The lowly Wolves shot 37 percent in both games. The Indiana ...