Rockets Update – Week of April 7th
The Houston Rockets are fighting for home court advantage in the first
round of the postseason, and the last games of the year will be crucial in that pursuit. The Rockets have had a very good
first season with the duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. Howard was the biggest prize of the 2013 free agent class, and
the Rockets won that prize. Though Howard is injured right now, speculation is that he will return in time for the postseason.
The Rockets have two star players, and in the playoffs that can carry a team quite far. The Rockets got a big win last week
when they took down the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are one of the top teams in the Western Conference, but the Rockets
proved to be too much for them on this occasion. Harden was unstoppable in this one, picking up the slack left in Howard's
absence. Harden dropped 39 points in the game and added nine rebounds and seven assists. He has proven to be a huge acquisition
over his two years with Houston, the star that general manager Daryl Morey had been seeking for years.
Later in the
week the Rockets got another much-needed victory (they're all much-needed at this point), this time defeating the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets have not been quite the same team that stormed into the postseason in 2012-13, but they still have some dangerous
players on their roster. Denver have the Rockets a run, sending the game to overtime, but Houston took over in the extra time.
Harden was able to notch a double-double with 32 points and 10 assists in the contest, flashing his underrated passing ability.
The Rockets will look to finish strong as they head into the playoffs with the NBA Finals on their minds.
Update – Week of March 31st
The Houston Rockets continue to play well, winning two of their games last week.
Their first victory came against the Charlotte Bobcats, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The
Rockets had a tough time containing Charlotte big man Al Jefferson, who notched 21 points and 11 boards, but Houston was still
able to outdo this young Bobcats squad. James Harden was magnificent in this contest, as he scored 31 points on a nice 11
of 19 shooting from the floor (4 of 7 from three). Harden experienced his breakout season in 2012-13 when he was traded to
Houston and showed that he is a star player, and he has followed up that campaign by fortifying his status as one of the league's
elite scorers. Harden could very well be the best player at his position in the entire National Basketball Association.
got their other win last week against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers have been struggling in a big way as of late, and
the Rockets took advantage of that. Harden had yet another huge game, notching a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds
and 10 assists. Harden is known around the league for his scoring prowess, but he is underrated in his all-around game. Harden
is a willing passer, something that he has been displaying since his college days at Arizona State. Houston center was playing
very well in this contest (17 points, 13 rebounds) before suffering an ankle injury. It looks like Howard will miss most of
the rest of the regular season with this ailment, and the Rockets will probably err on the side of caution to make sure their
star center is healthy for the postseason. The Rockets are capable of getting wins without the big man, but once the playoffs
roll around they're going to need him at full strength.
Rockets Update – Week of March 24th
Houston Rockets rebounded from some tough losses by winning all of their games last week, and they continue to fight for one
of the better spots in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Rockets got out to a nice start by taking down the Utah
Jazz on March 17th. The Jazz may not be one of the best teams in the Western Conference, but they do have a plethora of young
talent that can catch fire on any given night and give even the best teams in the National Basketball Association trouble.
Houston was dominant in this one, seeing a great game from forward Terrence Jones. Jones put up 30 points on 11 of 15 shooting
from the floor (3 of 4 from distance) in the game, leading Houston in scoring. Jones is not one of the bigger names on the
Rockets, but he is an important part of what they do. His offensive versatility gives the team a nice option next to center
Dwight Howard. Jones is turning out to be a steal for where the team drafted him a couple of years ago, and he's got plenty
of room to grow as a pro player.
Houston got another nice win later in the week when they took down a Cleveland Cavaliers
team that has been playing much better of late. However, the Cavs were without point guard Kyrie Irving, who may miss the
rest of the season due to injury. That stands as a huge blow to a Cleveland team that has playoff aspirations. The Rockets
were able to overcome a big game form Cavs guard Dion Waiters, who dropped 26 points, four boards and eight assists, thanks
largely in part to the performance of James Harden. Harden scored 37 points in the contest to help Houston get the win.
Rockets Update – Week of March 17th
The Houston Rockets stalled a bit last week, dropping all three of
their games. The Rockets had been playing exceptionally well heading into the week, prompting some experts to wonder whether
they were actually the best team in the Western Conference. While one week can't make all the difference, it was a hit to
the perception of this club. The Rockets kicked off the week with a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder came into
the game with the best record in the Western Conference, and they showed why in this game. Star player Kevin Durant was fantastic
in the contest, dropping 42 points in the game. Durant has been incredible this season, and many people think he is on his
way to his first Most Valuable Player award. Durant will have to continue his strong play to overcome reigning MVP LeBron
James, but he has definitely put himself in the conversation.
The Rockets were unable to take down the Miami Heat later
in the week. The Heat are the reigning NBA Champions, so it's no huge surprise that the Rockets came up short in this contest.
Dwight Howard was able to have a fantastic game in this one, dropping 21 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Howard scored
his 21 points on an efficient 9 of 12 shooting from the field, but it did not prove enough to dismantle the Heat. Miami got
24 points from both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the game, but the real star was Ray Allen. Allen is having a bit of a
tough season coming off the bench for Miami, but he was up to his old tricks in this contest. Allen hit four of his six threes
in the game to score 25 points and help the Heat to a big win over Houston.
Rockets Update – Week of March
The Houston Rockets have been on fire lately, and that continued last week when they won all four of their contests.
The Rockets kicked off the week with a huge victory over the Miami Heat. The Heat have won the last three Eastern Conference
titles and the last two NBA Championships, and are looking to make it three league titles in a row. With LeBron James leading
the charge, the Heat look like a legitimate contender for the NBA title yet again. The Rockets held James in check pretty
well in this game, allowing King James to score just 22 points on the night. Dwight Howard led the way for the Rockets in
this one, notching 22 points and 16 rebounds, hitting 9 of his 13 shot attempts. James Harden added 21 points and chipped
in 11 assists as well. The Rockets are showing themselves to be a true contender to represent the Western Conference in the
NBA Finals with wins like this.
Later in the week, Houston took down the Indiana Pacers, another top team from the Eastern
Conference. The Pacers have experienced a bit of a swoon lately, and the Rockets took advantage in this one. Harden dropped
28 points in this contest, dismantling the normally stout Pacers defense. No other Houston player stood out in this game,
but their all-around effort as a team was enough to top Indiana. No Pacers player was able to score more than 15 points in
the contest, as Houston buckled down on defense. The Rockets are proving to be the team that a lot of people thought they
could be when they signed Howard in the offseason, as they boast one of the best duos in the NBA in he and Harden.
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.