What I saw Lakers v Rockets: Trouble on the horizon in Lakerland??

Saturday night marked the Staples Center unveiling of this highly publicized and scrutinized version of the Los Angeles Lakers, starring LeBron James. It was an entertaining game but it will be most remembered for this little incident:   Now the fisticuffs themselves do not bother me; the typical NBA altercation these days is usually just some vociferous smack talk and maybe pushing and shoving (especially if there are people around to hold them back before anything could really happen). The main protagonists Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, decided to take…

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James Ennis still feels Rockets will defeat Warriors

James Ennis certainly appears to not lack for confidence. One of the recent additions to the Houston Rockets has no doubt that his team can defeat the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Here is what Ennis said to Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic: I have a chip on my shoulder. I have a lot to prove. So this year,coming in, I’m just really focused on just being the player I can be and being someone Coach can put in at anytime and help. [We have] a lot of power. A…

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Houston Rockets trade Chinanu Onuaku to Dallas Mavericks

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Houston Rockets have traded forward Chinanu Onuaku and cash considerations to the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets gained the right to swap second round picks in 2020. Houston has traded center Chinanu Onuaku to the Dallas Mavericks for cash, league source tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2018 The former Louisville star was taken by the Rockets in 2016 with the 37th overall pick. He has appeared in just 6 games for the club and has spent the bulk of his two…

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Chris Paul and Melo work out together

A reading of the NBA tea leaves seems to have Carmelo Anthony being a part of the Houston Rockets in the not-to-distant future. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times: Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets upon clearing waivers in coming days, according to two people with knowledge of his plans. Anthony is unlikely to become a free agent before next week, at the earliest, because his pending trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks could take several days to be…

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Chris Paul out for Game 7

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul has been ruled out of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals with a strained hamstring. Paul suffered the injury late in Game 5 and sat out the following game. Rockets’ head coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed Paul’s status earlier today. Mike D'Antoni confirms that Chris Paul is officially out for Game 7 of the WCF. #GameTime pic.twitter.com/XNEC4Q4sXM — NBA TV (@NBATV) May 28, 2018

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Golden State pounds Houston 115-86 to force Game 7 in Western Finals

The Houston Rockets are returning home, much to their chagrin the Golden State Warriors are following them. Golden State’s 115-86 defeat of the Rockets, who were without Chris Paul, in game 6 sets up the Western Conference Finals for a game 7, the ultimate win-or-go home scenario. The real Klay Thompson finally showed up and dropped 35 points, including nine three-pointers on 13-of-23 shooting. Stephen Curry scored 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting, while Kevin Durant scored 23, but only shot 6-of-17 from the floor. James Harden scored 32, but missed…

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Rockets defeat Warriors 95-92 to tie West Finals at 2

For the Golden State Warriors game 4 of the Western Conference Finals will be one of missed opportunities. Untimely turnovers, shaky offense, and lack of attention to detail would prove to be their undoing. The Warriors began the game by taking a 12-0 lead. Golden State would control the opening period, with Houston able to draw no closer than 9, which is where the deficit would be when the quarter drew to a close. James Harden would get it going in the second quarter, scoring 15 points , including a…

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Warriors serve Rockets 41-point beatdown in game 3

It certainly seems the talk of Stephen Curry’s basketball demise was greatly exaggerated. He had seemingly been out of rhythm over the past few games, and at least offensively, had not resembled the Stephen Curry we have grown accustomed to being amazed by. Curry had 35 points as his Golden State Warriors laid the smack down on the Houston Rockets 126-85 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. After a close opening quarter, the Warriors distanced themselves and took the first step in seizing control of the game with…

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NBA Conference Finals Part 2: The West – Hero Ball v Team Basketball

In our piece on the Eastern Conference, the point was raised at the vastly differing playing styles of the two combatants ( the Lebron-centric offense vs the ball and player movement of the Celtics). The clash to come out of the West also features teams that approach the game from totally different perspectives. The Houston Rockets were the best isolation team in the NBA this season. Their best player, James Harden, averages a league-high 1.20 PPP and Chris Paul is number 2 at 1.11 PPP. As a team, the Rockets…

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Warriors steal homecourt with 119-106 win in Game 1 of West Finals

After 82 games of the regular season and two rounds of the playoffs, the playoff series that has been anticipated nearly all season is finally upon us, the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. As could be expected, the Rockets came out energetically, leading as much as by nine points in the first quarter. Golden State would rally back, closing the deficit to one at 30-29 at the close of the period. The Warriors would draw even at 33 with 10:32 left in the…

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