TAG: Houston Rockets

NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Video: NBA’s Most Amazing Bench Reactions This Year

Portland Trail Blazers

It’s almost as much fun as the play involved, but the eruptions from an NBA bench can be just as delirious as some on the college level–though maybe not as coordinated as some. With that in mind, the NBA released the best bench reactions from the 2013-14 NBA season, so try and see how they compare to last season’s iteration. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 21, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Shaq Calls Robin Lopez “BBQ Chicken” Before Barkley Calls Shaq “Overrated”

Shaquille O'Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley

The crew on TNT’s Emmy-winning “Inside the NBA” got heated last night after the soon-to-be epic Game 1 between the Blazers and Rockets. Shaq started things off by again criticizing Dwight Howard for not taking more advantage of Robin Lopez, the latter of whom he referred to as “BBQ Chicken.” Charles Barkley, never one to shy away from expressing his own opinion, called Shaq “overrated” and said O’Neal “wouldn’t have anything” if it weren’t for Kobe Bryant. Bombs officially dropped! Read More »

NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

10 Players Under The Most Pressure In The Playoffs

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

Just over two years ago, had you asked me whom I considered to be the NBA’s elite players, I would have given you three names: Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Fresh off an NBA Finals run in which his Mavericks took down Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and the “Dream Team” Miami Heat en route to the championship, Dirk was a shoo-in on the list. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Apr 21, 2014 / 10:45 am

Official Twitter For Blazers & Rockets Engage In Lighthearted Smack

Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge

Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Sunday night’s 122-120 OT Trail Blazers win in Houston, featured a legion of back-and-forth runs that included free basketball as the two teams reached an impasse during the game’s first 48 minutes. The official Twitter accounts for both teams got just as caught up in the excitement and drama and decided to join in on the fun with a little back-and-forth banter of their own. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 9:45 am

LaMarcus Aldridge’s 46 Points Power Blazers Past Rockets In OT

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The Blazers won a humdinger of a final game during the opening weekend of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a Blazers playoff franchise record 46 points in Portland’s 122-120 overtime win in Game 1 of their first round series against the favored Rockets. LMA might as well stand for LaMarcus Motherf***in’ Aldridge at this point. Read More »

Latest News / Apr 21, 2014 / 12:01 am

Daryl Morey Convinces Slim Thug & Bun B To Make Rockets Remix Of “3 Kings”

3 Kings Remix, Slim Thug, Bun B

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey hosts the Sloan Sports Analytics conference at his Alma mater of MIT every year, and he’s one of the most astute analytics minds in the NBA today. It also seems he’s a fan of Houston’s local rap scene. Morey recently contacted Bun B to remix Slim Thug‘s 2005 hit, “3 Kings,” for his Houston Rockets. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.”

While much attention has been focused on the first-round matchups in the Western Conference due to the stellar performances by the majority of Western teams this season, there are intriguing matchups in the East that could translate into even more intriguing matchups in the second round. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 17, 2014 / 11:35 am

James Harden Says He’d “Definitely” Be In OKC If Money Wasn’t Involved

James Harden, Kevin Durant

James Harden, Kevin Durant (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

The decision Sam Presti and OKC made in the fall of 2012 to deal James Harden to the Houston Rockets for 50 cents on the dollar sent reverberations throughout the NBA and made Houston a title contender even while OKC continues to be one of the top teams in the league. During a recent one-on-one with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Harden goes into the details behind his trade to Houston and how things might have played out differently if money hadn’t been an issue. Read More »

NBA / Apr 17, 2014 / 10:00 am

Patrick Beverley Shows Off His Houston Handles In The Big Easy

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston’s playoff fortunes depend a bit on the health of perimeter pest, Patrick Beverley, who has come back quickly from a meniscus tear he suffered last month. Beverley looked to be ready when he showed off some spiffy ball-handling skills during shootaround in New Orleans today. Read More »