Rockets Update – May 5th
The 2013-14 season started with hopes running high, as the Rockets were viewed as
the victors of the offseason thanks to their landing free agent center Dwight Howard. The Rockets had acquired a star player
the previous offseason as well via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that brought James Harden to Houston. With both
Howard and Harden on board, the Rockets looked ready to shoot to the top of the Western Conference standings. The squad come
together quickly, and the Rockets were among the conference's best for most of the season. Houston ended up earning the fourth
seed in the playoffs, which matched them up with the Portland Trail Blazers. This proved to be a tough matchup for Houston,
as Blazers stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard both caught fire in the series. Houston fought hard, but the Blazers
were able to take the series in six games.
The Rockets certainly looked solid in their first season with the Howard-Harden
duo, but they'll need to elevate their level of play if they're going to contend for the title next year. Priority number
one this offseason will likely be re-signing forward Chandler Parsons, who has emerged as the third-best player on this Houston
squad. The Rockets have had Parsons on the cheap for years after drafting him in the second round of the NBA Draft, but they'll
have to pay up this offseason. Parsons will be a restricted free agent, which means the Rockets will have the rights to match
any offer sheet he receives from another team. The Rockets could also look to move one or both of their valuable bench players,
Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. This should prove to be a very important offseason in Houston, as the team will be looking to add
to their roster for a title run in 2014-15.
Rockets Update – April 28th
The Houston Rockets had
a huge offseason coming into 2013-14, landing the prize of the free agent class in center Dwight Howard. The Rockets came
into the season excited to pair the big man with shooting guard James Harden to form one of the best duos in the National
Basketball Association. The Rockets played well this season, adjusting to their new dynamic pretty quickly, and did enough
to earn the fourth-best record in the Western Conference and the fourth seed in the playoffs. That matched Houston up with
the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the postseason. Both of the first two games of the series, which were played
in Houston, saw the Rockets play well but not enough to get the victory. LaMarcus Aldridge was a man possessed for Portland,
and the Rockets found themselves in a 2-0 hole.
Houston would bounce back in Game 3, though, as Harden went off for
37 points in the contest. This was viewed essentially as a must-win game for the Rockets, and they made it happen. Howard
added 24 points and 14 rebounds in the contest, and the dynamic duo performed how they were expected to. The Rockets would
drop Game 4, though, and find their backs against the wall with a 3-1 deficit in the series. However, the team responded to
the adversity and took Game 5. Howard had 22 points to go with 14 rebounds, and Omer Asik added 15 boards of his own, as he
was inserted into the starting lineup to provide better matchups for Houston. Jeremy Lin played well off the bench as well,
notching 21 points in the contest. The Rockets will have to win the next two games to avoid elimination, but if they can take
Game 6 they'll get Game 7 at the Toyota Center.
Rockets Update – Week of April 21st
not gone as planned for the Houston Rockets early in the 2014 playoffs, as the team has lost their first two games at home.
The Rockets took part in a thriller in Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, as the contest went to overtime. Houston
was unable to fend off the red hot Blazers any longer, though, as James Harden missed a jumper that would have send the game
to another extra period. Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is having his best season as a pro, and he was absolutely dominant
in this contest. The Texas product dropped 46 points in this game and added 18 rebounds for good measure. The Rockets thought
they were in good shape when Aldridge fouled out in overtime, but point guard Damian Lillard took over the reins and made
Houston pay. Lillard finished the game with a nice line of his own, racking up 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Rockets got 27 points out of both Dwight Howard and Harden, but it was not enough as the team fell just shy in this game.
knew dropping Game 2 would put them on the ropes, but again Aldridge was too much to handle. The Portland big man dropped
43 and eight in this game, continuing his utter dominance of Houston. Aldridge is a matchup nightmare thanks to his length
and ability play both inside and out. He's incredibly difficult to guard thanks to his high release point on his jump shot.
Howard started this game well, racking up 19 points in the first quarter alone, but Portland switching to constant double-teams
and a lot of help defense seemed to neutralize the Houston big ma in the second half. Houston needs to regroup and find a
way to get some wins in Portland.
Rockets Update – Week of April 14th
The Houston Rockets were expecting
big things in 2013-14 when they signed free agent prize Dwight Howard in the offseason, and they were right to do so. The
Rockets got themselves a huge steal two offseasons ago when they landed a star player in James Harden via trade with the Oklahoma
City Thunder. The Rockets landed their second star player when they lured Howard to join the team, and now Houston has one
of the best duos in the National Basketball Association. Howard had himself a very good first season in Houston, helping the
team reach the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Harden followed up his breakout campaign with another fine
season in 2013-14, and the Rockets are ready to blast off in the playoffs. This team is more than just two players, though,
as guys like Chandler Parson, Patrick Beverly and Terrence Jones have played huge roles for this club.
The Rockets will
be faced with a tough test in the first round of the playoffs when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have
their own dynamic duo with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Aldridge has been one of the more underrated players in the
league over the last couple of seasons, but his play could not be ignored in the least in 2013-14. Lillard followed up his
Rookie of the Year campaign with an even better second pro season, giving the Blazers their second star. With solid role players
like Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews supporting the stars, the Blazers have a tough, young team that can't be taken lightly.
The Rockets will look to slow down Lillard on the perimeter, and much of that responsibility will fall on Beverly. That matchup
will be one of the best in the entire first round of the playoffs.
Rockets Update – Week of April 7th
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.
Rockets Update – Week of March 31st
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.
Houston 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
Rockets Update – Week of March 24th
The 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.
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
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.
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
Rockets Update – Week of March 10th
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
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 from three.
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
The 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.
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 is up.
you know that Hakeem Olajuwon averaged more than three blocks a game during his outstanding career?
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!
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
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the Rockets can climb in the Western Conference.