3-3-14: The Rockets finished their five-game road trip this past weekend. They won two of their final three games to go 3-2 away from home since the All-Star break. On Sunday in Phoenix, the Rockets got an important Patrick Beverley 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to help get the 115-112 victory over the Suns. Then on Tuesday, James Harden had a fantastic performance to bring the Rockets another victory. He finished with a season-high 43 points as the Rockets beat the Kings, 129-103. Although Houston fell to the Clippers at the Staples Center on Wednesday, the Rockets have still been one of the league’s best teams in 2014.
2-24-14: On Friday, Terrence Jones shot very well and scored 14 points in the Rising Stars Challenge. Then on Sunday, James Harden started in place of Kobe Bryant for the Western Conference All-Star team and Dwight Howard came off the bench. Afterwards, the Rockets began a five-game road trip to the West Coast. The first stop was Dwight Howard’s return to the Staples Center. Howard’s 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds helped Houston get its eighth win in a row. Before the game on Thursday, the Rockets sent Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jordan Hamilton. That evening at Oracle Arena, James Harden had a huge second half, but it was not enough as the Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors in overtime, 102-99.
2-18-14: The Rockets are moving up those Western Conference standings, as they own the league’s longest current winning streak. With victories over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards, Houston made it seven consecutive wins, the team’s longest streak since 2012. Not only are the Rockets the hottest team in the league, but they also got back one of the best backup big men in the NBA. Omer Asik returned to the court in the Rockets’ win over the Bucks on Saturday. Then, after beating the Wolves by 18 points on Monday, the Rockets were led by James Harden on Wednesday against the Wizards. His game-high 35 points, including a game-winning lay-up with 0.7 seconds remaining, brought the Rockets the victory.
2-10-14: The Rockets had a very light week, and they took advantage of it. They played just two games, both of which were at home, and won them each by 14 points. On Saturday, Jeremy Lin triple-doubled Houston to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was surprisingly his first triple-double of his career and the first one for a Rocket in 364 days. James Harden, the last Houston player with a triple-double, chipped with a game-high 28 points in his return. Then on Wednesday, Dwight Howard scored a game-high 34 points on very efficient shooting in the Rockets’ win over the Phoenix Suns.
2-4-14: Friday night was Chandler Parsons’ night to shine, but unfortunately, his teammates did not do the same. After setting the NBA record with 10 made 3-pointers in the first half, Parsons scored a game-high 34 points, but the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Rockets, 88-87. Then on the next night, the Grizzlies completed the sweep of the home-and-home set with an 18-point victory. However, the Rockets surprisingly bounced back without James Harden, who sat out the next two games with a thumb injury. The Rockets returned home to beat the San Antonio Spurs and then defeated the Mavericks in Dallas.
1-27-14: The Rockets continued their longest homestand of the New Year, and they enjoyed a lot of success this past week. They faced the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings and defeated them by a combined 44 points. After Terrence Jones’ career-high 36 points helped the Rockets take down the Bucks on Saturday, Houston got its starting point guard back for Monday’s contest. Patrick Beverley returned from a 14-game absence to play against the Blazers on Monday. Each player who played double-digit minutes scored at least eight points that night for the Rockets en route to their 126-113 victory over Portland. Then on Wednesday, Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons and Omri Casspi all had double-doubles in the Rockets’ drubbing of the Sacramento Kings.
1-20-14: Even with their NBA record-setting loss on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Rockets have played fairly well recently. At the beginning of 2014, they finished their homestand with a couple of victories before winning three of the games in their four-game road trip. They remain a top-10 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency, but are still in danger of opening the playoffs on the road. Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones combined to average 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over this most recent stretch, but the team is still looking for more consistency from their guards. Patrick Beverley, who is expected to return very soon, should help with that problem.
1-7-14: Dwight Howard led the way with 24 points and 18 rebounds as the Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. All five starters scored in double digits as the Rockets attempted 32 free throws in comparison to the Pelicans’ eight that night. However, after getting the victory over New Orleans, Houston suffered its third losing streak of at least two games this season. First, they lost by 31 at Oklahoma City, and then the Sacramento Kings won by four in Houston. James Harden scored a season-high 38 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s contest, but it was not enough to defeat the Kings.
12-30-13: The Rockets survived their five games in seven days with a 3-2 record. In addition, they won both of their games that were on the second night of back-to-backs. After the Pacers blew out the Rockets in Indiana on Friday, Houston bounced back without James Harden to defeat the Pistons in Detroit by 17 points, but lost Patrick Beverley to a broken hand. Then, the Rockets had difficulty guarding Dirk Nowitzki, as he scored 31 points en route to the Mavericks’ seven-point victory over the Rockets in Houston. However, Terrence Jones stepped up in the Houston victories on both Wednesday and Thursday to score at least 20 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
12-22-13: There was a lot going on with the Rockets over the last week. After many discussions about Omer Asik being traded before the team’s self-imposed deadline, Houston did not end up making a deal in time. Regarding the players who actually have been playing recently, the Rockets encountered a couple of minor injuries this week, but they may linger for longer than the team would like. Jeremy Lin is out with a sore back while James Harden has been dealing with a sprained left ankle. During this past week, the Rockets sandwiched their loss at Sacramento with victories over the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls.
12-13-13: The Rockets had a respectable week that ended with a 2-1 record. They beat the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic at home, but then dropped Thursday’s contest to the Trail Blazers in Portland. In each of those three games, Dwight Howard scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 17 rebounds. It was the first time that he put together three consecutive games with those numbers in almost two years. This could be the year that Howard brings a team back to the NBA Finals. It will be difficult for the Rockets to do so in such a tough Western Conference, but James Harden is not a bad sidekick to have in pursuit of the title.
12-7-13: Surprisingly, Dwight Howard has not been an off-court distraction thus far in the 2013-14 season. Yet, it has been the other Rockets center that has been. Earlier this season, Omer Asik demanded to be traded, and the organization may in fact do that soon. In the meantime, the Rockets have been one of the better teams in the league, but Jeremy Lin’s knee injury has hurt them recently. After the Rockets defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, they lost to the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. James Harden remains one of the best scorers in the league, but he needs some more help for the Rockets to hold up until Lin returns.
11-28-13: The 11-5 Houston Rockets continue to play excellent basketball, including winning all three of their games this week against playoff level competition – and without superstar James Harden who missed all three games with a sore left foot. Jeremy Lin was starting in Harden’s place before he bruised his right knee in Houston’s Wednesday night over the Atlanta Hawks. Lin’s X-rays were negative and he isn’t expected to miss much time, if any.
11-22-13: Scoring points has proved to be no problem for the league-leading offense of the Houston Rockets. Stopping people from scoring? Yeah, that’s been a thing. Despite having three-time DPOY Dwight Howard manning the middle, the Rockets are struggling to play team defense have been exposed so far this year. Despite the atrocious defense, Houston isn’t exactly in a doom and gloom situation. After winning three of their last four against inferior opponents, the Rockets sit at 8-5 on the year. If Daryl Morey can flip Omer Asik into solid assets and Kevin McHale can get the team playing together, things will be fine in H-town.
11-15-13: Houston endured a few injuries in week three, as James Harden and Chandler Parsons both missed some time. Point guard Patrick Beverly returned from injury sooner than anyone thought, however, and helped the Rockets get to 6-4 in week three. Trade rumors involving big man Omer Asik continued to cloud the Rockets, but elite offensive ball via Jeremy Lin and James Harden paced the Rockets as they exited Thursday night with a big win over the New York Knicks.
11-8-13: Bringing in Dwight Howard made a lot of noise, but it’s also already paid off huge dividends. Howard has combined with fellow post man Omer Asik to dominate the glass for Houston, while the team has gotten off to a solid 4-2 start. James Harden and co. have been everything people expected them to be, but so far their defense has been lacking in spurts. Once the Rockets correct that, they could be borderline unstoppable.
11-1-13: Yes, here he is: Mr. Dwight Howard. He had a very nice preseason in leading the Rockets to a 6-1 record, but get ready for the criticism to begin sometime soon. There will be a huge microscope on Houston as this team is one of the favorites to make it to the NBA Finals. James Harden had a fantastic preseason, in which he shot better than 50 percent from both the field and 3-point territory. Howard is not the only newcomer to the Rockets this season: Omri Casspi, who formerly with the Cavaliers, is now in Houston and will add some size at the forward position.
10-18-13: The Houston Rockets lost their first preseason game to the New Orleans Pelicans 116-115, but have won their last three. James Harden leads the team with 21.0 points per game by actually scoring exactly 21 points in all four preseason games. The Rockets are keeping up with their high scoring ways from last season, yet to score less than 100 points in a game yet. The Rockets have three preseason games remaining, all with Southwest division rivals:
- Oct 21 vs Dallas
- Oct 24 at San Antonio
- Oct 25 at Memphis
8-23-13: My, oh my, what a difference a year makes. The Houston Rockets landed the ultimate free agent prize this summer when Dwight Howard committed to spending four years pretending to be committed to his new home. With two elite superstars and a strong surrounding cast, the Rockets moved into immediate contention in a crowded Western Conference.
The Rockets will open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Charlotte Bobcats. A tough early season schedule will bring the Lakers and Clippers to Houston in back to back games on Thursday, November 7th and Saturday, November 9th, respectively. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit Houston on Thursday, January 16th and once again on Friday, April 4th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Charlotte Bobcats
- November 7th – L.A. Lakers
- November 29th – Brooklyn Nets
- December 18th – Chicago Bulls
- January 3rd – New York Knicks
7-5-13: Dwight Howard has decided to leave the Lakers and will take his talents to Houston. The deal can't be made official until July 10th so as of now it's not known whether he will part of a sign and trade or not.
Rockets 2013 Draft Summary
Round 2, Pick 4: PG Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
6-12-13: After a very interesting off-season last year, the Houston rockets may be in for another this July. With rumors circulating about Dwight Howard possibly signing with them as a free agent the rockets and their fans must be excited to build upon their 45 win season. The addition of James Harden immediately made the Rockets a legit playoff team. Now coach McHale and company are looking to take the next step and contend for the Western title. Omer Asik had a career year averaging a double-double but is probably better suited as a backup on a contending squad. Enter Dwight Howard?
2-19-13: The rockets are 6-4 in their last ten games and have climbed into the Western Conference playoff picture as the 8th seed. With elite play from James Harden and the emergence of Jeremy Lin continuing, the Rockets and their run and gun style have giving teams fits their 29-26 record is slightly misleading. An 18-8 record at home has overshadowed spotty road play as well as defense. Defense has been an issue however the Rockets do score 106 point per game, which is number one in the NBA. Conversely they are ranked 29th in points allowed and will have to correct this if they want to make any playoff noise. With the trading deadline approaching, expect the Rockets to be active.
11-26-12: The Rockets had what many consider to be a very interesting off season. With the excruciating addition of Jeremy Lin and the dramatic James Harden trade with the Thunder they sit at 6-7. Jeremy and the Rockets enjoyed a laugher against his former team, the New York Knicks last week, winning by 28 in Houston. The Rockets score 101 points per game; 4th best in the league. The Rockets have the Raptors and Thunder next on the schedule this week. This team should continue to progress and ride the wave of inspired play from Chandler Parsons.