During Houston’s comeback over Portland, the action in the backcourt was non-stop as Patrick Beverley refused to give ground to Portland’s all-star Damian Lillard. Beverley is a defensive agitator of the highest order; a Bruce Bowen for the digital age that laps up an opponent’s frustration and uses it to dig even deeper on the defensive end. After Lillard caught Beverley with an elbow to his mask-encased noggin in overtime, Lillard was assessed his sixth foul. After the game, Dame downplayed their battle while acknowledging Beverley was an irritant who might be embellishing the contact a bit. Read More »
TAG: Houston Rockets
With under 10 seconds remaining in regulation Sunday night, and the Rockets still trailing by three after Portland led each of the first three quarters, James Harden cut diagonally from top of the free throw circle into the near corner. He planted his feet, caught the inbounds pass and let fly a three-pointer that rattled home to tie the score and cement Houston’s comeback by forcing overtime against their Western Conference rival Trail Blazers. Read More »
Obviously the Beard was going to rock something special for the ESPN cameras on Friday night. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers came to town, so James Harden donned a complete cowboy outfit with red cowboy boots, a wide-brimmed black cowboy hat and a gunslinger’s mentality when the hit the court. Just ask Evan Turner about the wild west. Read More »
Since the start of the New Year, the Houston Rockets have posted the best record in the NBA. Their offense has been on fire, thanks in large part to the resurgence of Dwight Howard, as well as James Harden, who, after a slow, injury-ridden start, seems to have finally found his rhythm. They’re even better on the defensive end, locking teams down on a nightly basis and turning missed shots into easy buckets. And with all of that success, they now find themselves with the third best record in the Western Conference, trailing the Southwest Division-leading Spurs for the second seed by only three games.
But, despite their growth, there is still something missing. Read More »
Houston Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons has come a long way since he was drafted No. 8 in the second round in 2011 (No. 38 overall) for an non-guaranteed slot with the Rockets. Since then he’s become a huge part of what the Rockets do. He’s currently averaging a career-high 16.7 PPG and 5.7 RPG to go with the best PER of his career. Recently, Parsons signed on with Stance Socks, and Dime got a chance to ask him some quick questions about the partnership and what it’s like to start for a championship-contending Rockets team. Read More »
For much of the season thus far, the media and fans alike spent time salivating over the numbers of superstars Kevin Durant and LeBron James–and rightfully so. The small forwards are widely-regarded as the league’s top two players, and formed a friendly rivalry as the “who’s better?” talks and MVP conversations heat up. Read More »
Rockets shooting guard James Harden might not look like the strongest guy in the world, but don’t let The Beard fool you. During Houston’s game against Detroit on Saturday night, he showed off his balance and body control in the face of a Kyle Singler foul as he was driving into the lane. Harden jumped and twisted through Singler’s grasping arm to knock down a gymnastic jumper plus the foul. Read More »
In the weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, reports were out that NBA insiders expected this to be one of the busiest trade deadlines in recent memory, or more specifically, since the 2011 lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that commenced.
As quickly as those reports leaked, they were contracted. And if last Thursday left your trade deadline fix unresolved and unfulfilled yet again, then you can look no further and blame that aforementioned 2011 lockout and more specifically, the new CBA. Read More »
While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.
At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »
Tracy McGrady apologists love to point to 2002-03, and in a way, they should. T-Mac was arguably the best player in the world, leading a rag-tag group of misfits to a near upset in the first round against Detroit while putting together one of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. Clyde Drexler apologists love to point to 1991-92, the year he nearly toppled Michael Jordan in both the Finals and the MVP voting. Read More »