Rockets Update – Week of March 3rd
The Houston Rockets appear to be playing some of the best basketball of
their season, and fans are getting excited about the potential of this team come playoff time. The Rockets kicked off last
week with a match-up against the Sacramento Kings. James Harden went off in this game, scorching the Kings to the tune of
43 points in the contest. Harden is capable of putting up point totals like this every now and then, something that could
make this team a real threat in the postseason. Dwight Howard has a heck of a game in his own right, scoring 20 points on
an efficient seven of nine shooting from the floor. The big man also added 11 rebounds in the game while turning the ball
over just one time. This duo is one of the more impressive inside-outside threats in the National Basketball Association right
now, and teams in the Western Conference are surely taking note. Surrounded by some very solid role players, Houston looks
like a legitimate contender in the West as of late.
Houston faced a tough test on February 26th when the team faced
off with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also one of the top teams in the conference, and this time they proved
to be too much for the Rockets to handle. Clippers forward had himself a game in this one, notching 23 points and 16 boards.
Guard Darren Collison also had a nice game off the bench. Houston got another efficient showing from Howard, but Harden struggled
to find his shot in the game, shooting just six of 16 from the floor. The Clippers are the kind of team that Houston is going
to have to beat in the playoffs to go all the way this season, and they know it.
Rockets Update – Week
of February 24th
The Houston Rockets continue to look like they're hitting their stride right now, as they won two
of their three games last week, and their one loss came in an overtime battle with a quality Golden State team. The Warriors
are one of the more exciting teams in the National Basketball Association, and with a player like Steph Curry they can seem
unbeatable on any given night. The Rockets battled back in the fourth quarter to force overtime in this one, but the Warriors
proved to be just a bit too much to handle in the extra period. James Harden has himself a nice game for Houston, pouring
in 39 points to go with four boards and five assists. Center Dwight Howard pulled down 21 rebounds in the contest, but struggled
to score in the game, hitting just four of his 13 shot attempts from the field. David Lee was the high man for Golden State
in this one, dropping 28 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Curry added 25 points of his own, hitting five of his eight attempts
Houston matched up with the Phoenix Suns later in the week and were able to secure the victory. Phoenix
has surprised a lot of people this season by being in contention for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference, so this
win was a good one for the Rockets. Phoenix had control of this game for much of the night before Houston took over to the
tune of a 32-19 fourth quarter that gave the team a three-point win. Howard and Harden both topped the 20-point mark in the
game and got solid contributions from some of the team's role players. Suns guard Goran Dragic did not make it easy on Houston,
dropping 35 points in the contest, but the Rockets were able to prevail regardless.
Rockets Update – Week
of February 17th
The Houston Rockets continued their upward momentum as the team headed into the All-Star break this
season, entering the break with seven straight wins under their belts. This Houston team seems to be really coming on in a
way that many people expected prior to the start of the season. Dwight Howard is playing the best ball of his season, grabbing
rebounds with the best of them and starting to show more offense down low as of late. The Rockets took down the Minnesota
Timberwolves on February 10th to give them their six consecutive victory, getting 18 points, 15 boards and a trio of blocks
from Howard. Every Houston starter reached double digits in the scoring column in this one, and this starting lineup really
seems to be gelling at the right time. The recent return of Patrick Beverly to the lineup has done a lot for this team, especially
from a defensive standpoint. Who knew that the Rockets would have a reliable starting point guard on their hands when they
plucked Beverly from a team overseas last season?
Houston closed out their final contest before the All-Star break with
a victory over the Washington Wizards and February 12th. The Wizards have morphed into a formidable foe in the Eastern Conference,
a team with a real chance to rise to as high as third in the East by the end of the regular season. The Wizards gave the Rockets
a real run for their money in this one, as Houston squeaked out the victory by a 113-112 margin. James Harden capped off a
fantastic night with a layup to seal the victory in the last seconds of the game. The former Arizona State Sun Devil finished
the contest with 35 points, six rebounds and six assists. Trevor Ariza led the Wiz with 32 and 11, but it wasn't enough to
outdo Harden and the Rockets in this one.
Rockets Update – Week of February 10th
The Houston Rockets
are doing their best to elevate their status in the Western Conference to the upper echelon of teams, and they did a lot to
make a move up the standings last week, winning all of their games. Houston got a big win against another potential playoff
team in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have been one of the surprise teams out west this season, and are looking more and more
like a legitimate contender to earn one of the previous eight spots in the postseason this year. Against Phoenix, Dwight Howard
posted one of his best offensive performances of the season, laying 34 points on the Suns to go along with 14 rebounds. Howard
is averaging less than 20 points per game on the season, but he's showing that he is still capable of exploding for lofty
point totals every now and then. Rockets guard James Harden backup up Howard with 23 points of his own, despite just attempting
10 field goals.
Houston followed up that win with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks three days later. Howard was again
on his offensive game, racking up 27 points, grabbing 13 boards and dishing out five assists while playing his usual stellar
defense. Howard could be hitting his stride on the offensive end of the floor this season, something that could prove to be
huge for this Houston team. While James Harden can be relied upon to put up 20 points per game easily, it would be a big advantage
to have two players averaging more than 20 points per contest. Jeremy Lin helped spark things off the bench against Milwaukee,
adding 18 points of his own in the game. Milwaukee got yet another solid performance out of emerging youngster Khris Middleton,
who tallied 20 points to go with four rebounds and eight assists.
The Houston Rockets - Schedule in 2013-14
Houston Rockets are ready to launch into the upper echelon of the Western Conference this season after a busy off-season that
has a lot of Rockets fans excited about the possibilities in 2013-14. The Rockets look to be one of the top teams in the conference
thanks to the signing of center Dwight Howard in free agency. Howard is one of the best defensive players in the National
Basketball Association and one of the top guys at this position as well. Howard will team with scoring maven James Harden
to form a formidable outside-inside threat that could set the league on fire the season. The Rockets had a solid season in
2012-13, notching 45 wins and the seventh seed in the conference playoffs. However, the Rockets were only able to finish third
in the Southwest Division standings due to the overall competitive level in the division. It's obvious that the Rockets will
have their work cut out for themselves in 2013-14, even with Howard on board. This team is looking to make some serious noise
in the conference, and it's going to take a lot of wins at home at the Toyota Center. Fans will be flocking to the arena to
see how their new-look Rockets will fare against the best teams in the league, and you can be there to join them in witnessing
the action in person.
The Rockets know that they're going to have to play well against the San Antonio Spurs if they're
going to have a chance at winning the division. The Spurs won the Southwest last season and made it all the way to the NBA
Finals, where they fell just seconds short of capturing the NBA Championship. The Spurs have one of the toughest players to
guard in the whole league in Tony Parker, who is simply a blur on the court and gets to the rim better than any other guard
in the NBA. The Rockets will look to Patrick Beverly to defend Parker, as Beverly is one of the best defenders at the point
guard position in the league. Howard will likely receive the task of trying to stop future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who is
still an effective post threat despite his age. If the Rockets can play well and take some wins from the season series, it
will go a long way to prove to the rest of the conference that they're ready for the big time.
Houston will certainly
be looking forward to any games in which they host the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Oklahoma City is Houston star James
Harden's former team, a club that probably regrets losing the scorer from their roster two years ago. Harden certainly wants
to make that so if it's not already the case, so he's likely to step up his game any time the Thunder visit the Toyota Center.
That's a good thing, because the Thunder are one of the best teams in the conference and look like a legitimate contender
for the NBA Championship. Houston should have a plethora of other great match-ups at home as well this season.
The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team that is a part of the National Basketball Association.
The Rockets play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, where they battle it out with the San Antonio Spurs,
Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans. The Rockets made the biggest splash of the off-season by luring
center Dwight Howard to sign with the team, giving Houston one of the best big men in the NBA. Howard should provide a nice
inside presence to compliment guard James Harden and his scoring abilities. The Rockets all of a sudden have one of the best
duos in the NBA just two years removed from having neither player. Factor in a solid supporting cast and the Houston Rockets
look to be in a great position going forward. It's evident that this team is pointed in the right direction, and that direction
Did you know that Hakeem Olajuwon averaged more than three blocks a game during his outstanding
Though he played during the same era as Michael Jordan, who often gets all the credit for taking the NBA to
new heights, it was Olajuwon who became nothing short of a legend around Houston as he brought the franchise to a whole new
level. Olajuwon was not only one of the most feared shot-blockers in league history but he is renowned for having one of the
most skilled low-post games the NBA has ever seen, with a silky smooth jumper and great court vision to boot. Even though
many lament the fact that the Rockets didn't take Jordan during the famous 1984 draft, they don't do so for very long.
Back in 1967 the Houston Rockets were located in San Diego, though the franchise moved to its current
location in Houston not long after. Since then, the Rockets have seen plenty of success, including back-to-back titles with
all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the best players in the history of the NBA. NBA tickets have been popular ever since,
as the Rockets always seem to have an exciting team ready to challenge in the always tough Western Conference, though it's
never easy against teams like the Thunder, the Spurs, the Clippers and many more. Start making your plans as soon as you can!
The Rockets have a hot team that could be a dominant force in the Western Conference, which is why it's
always a good idea to come out and see for yourself as they look to once again make their mark on the conference. The fans
of this team are some of the most loyal and excitable fans in the National Basketball Association, and it's always a great
time to see the Rockets hit the court in person. Join the biggest Houston hoops fans around at the Toyota Center this season
to see just how high the Rockets can climb in the Western Conference.