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Brandon Ingram Shoves James Harden; Rajon Rondo Brawls With Chris Paul [UPDATES] Brandon Ingram Shoves James Harden; Rajon Rondo Brawls With Chris Paul [UPDATES]

Somehow, the events that led to this fistfight started out with wayward bozo Lance Stephenson as one of the players trying to keep the peace. When Houston’s 124-115 win was still a one-point game Saturday night, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoved Rockets guard James Harden in the back after a foul. As Stephenson and…

Rockets Add Carmelo Anthony, But Why? Rockets Add Carmelo Anthony, But Why?

It has long been known that Carmelo Anthony, upon working out the finer details of his buyout from the Atlanta Hawks, would join the Houston Rockets. Melo finalized his buyout and was waived by the Hawks on July 30; he cleared waivers on Wednesday, August 1. Today brings the expected development:

The Rockets Are Now Equipped To Run It Back The Rockets Are Now Equipped To Run It Back

The Rockets have won their contract standoff with restricted free agent center Clint Capela. Four weeks after he balked at Houston’s five-year, $90 million offer at the start of free agency, Capela made the decision to not sign the meager one-year qualifying offer, and inked a long-term deal in Houston. The terms?

Clint Capela Is Getting Squeezed On All Sides This Summer Clint Capela Is Getting Squeezed On All Sides This Summer

Hey, remember Clint Capela? The big man entered free agency this summer, and received a qualifying offer from the Houston Rockets, keeping him a restricted free agent. Capela then received a five-year contract offer from the Rockets on July 1. And that’s it. An offer was made, and it’s been about three weeks, and…

76ers Look To Fill Vacancy Left By Sam Hinkie's Disgraced Replacement With Hinkie's Mentor, Daryl Morey 76ers Look To Fill Vacancy Left By Sam Hinkie's Disgraced Replacement With Hinkie's Mentor, Daryl Morey

The Sixers rolled into this summer riding high following a 52-win season and their first playoff series victory since 2012. The organization was finally ready to shift fully from Asset Collection mode to Fortifying a Contender mode, with head coach Brett Brown making noise in his exit interview about the team’s desire…

Rockets Owner Swears Luxury Tax Isn't Influencing Team's Offseason Plans Rockets Owner Swears Luxury Tax Isn't Influencing Team's Offseason Plans

The Rockets let Luc Mbah a Moute walk yesterday, ostensibly because they didn’t want to pay the luxury taxes that an extra $5.3 million would have cost them, when they could just pick up a ring-chasing veteran—maybe washed Carmelo Anthony?—at the minimum. But Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta swears that’s not true! In…

Why Didn't The Rockets Use Their Mid-Level Exception On Luc Mbah A Moute? Why Didn't The Rockets Use Their Mid-Level Exception On Luc Mbah A Moute?

Luc Mbah a Moute is leaving the Rockets. And, to use one of the more cursed sentences in the English language, he’s going to be a Clipper. The former Houston forward signed an artificially deflated one-year, $4.3 million contract with the L.A. team that doesn’t have LeBron, in a deal that the Rockets could have easily…

Rockets Retain Chris Paul, Get Worse Rockets Retain Chris Paul, Get Worse

Chris Paul has reportedly agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth $160 million to stay in Houston and continue fine-tuning the absolutely hateful brand of basketball he and James Harden pioneered last season. But they will have to do it without their most accomplished and important three-and-D perimeter player,…

Very Chill Rockets Fans Are Already Leaving One-Star Reviews For Ayesha Curry's New Restaurant Very Chill Rockets Fans Are Already Leaving One-Star Reviews For Ayesha Curry's New Restaurant

Celebrity chef Ayesha Curry, wife of the Golden State Warriors’ Steph, is opening a second location in Houston this July for her and Michael Mina’s BBQ restaurant International Smoke. For Curry, the new location must represent a good opportunity to expand her business. But if you’re a Rockets fan still bitter that the …

LeBronWatch: LeBron Despises The City Of Houston, Will Never Play There LeBronWatch: LeBron Despises The City Of Houston, Will Never Play There

We’re still weeks away from LeBron James being able to make an official decision about where he will play basketball next season, but the developments are coming fast and furious. Just yesterday, NBA legend Gary Payton, surely an unassailable source of knowledge when it comes to LeBronology, revealed that LeBron’s…

Steph Curry Breaks The Game Steph Curry Breaks The Game

The Golden State Warriors won Game 7 on Monday night because—naturally, and as usual—they dominated the third quarter. In this case, they won the third by 18 points both because Houston missed 27 straight three-pointers and because Steph Curry took control of the game and mercilessly buried the Rockets. Curry was not…

The Rockets Missed 27 Straight Threes Because Sometimes Shit Happens The Rockets Missed 27 Straight Threes Because Sometimes Shit Happens

Thirty-six point two. That’s the percentage of the 3,470 three-point shots attempted by the Houston Rockets in the regular season that went through the hoop. It’s the number that should have lifted the Rockets, a team that spent the entire season building a 65-win monument to the power and truth of numbers, to the NBA…

The Warriors Bulldoze Their Way Back To The NBA Finals The Warriors Bulldoze Their Way Back To The NBA Finals

For the second game in a row, the Chris Paul-less Houston Rockets held the upper hand against the Warriors after one half of play. And for the second game in a row, Golden State took away all the Rockets had over a commanding final two quarters. Not even a raucous home crowd could save Houston from a 101-92 Game 7…

And Now We're Simulating Tonight's Warriors-Rockets Game 7 In NBA Live '96 And Now We're Simulating Tonight's Warriors-Rockets Game 7 In NBA Live '96

Here we go again. Game 7, we’re simulating it LIVE:

The Rockets Had A Hell Of A Chance, And Then The Warriors Woke Up The Rockets Had A Hell Of A Chance, And Then The Warriors Woke Up

It feels weird to say this about a team that lost a road playoff game by 29 points, but, man, the Rockets blew it. Or, anyway, that’s the glass-is-half-empty take: Even without Chris Paul, even on the road, even going against an unbelievably loaded Warriors team desperate to stave off elimination, the Rockets had a…

Chris Paul Is Out For Game 6, And Everything Is Grim Again  Chris Paul Is Out For Game 6, And Everything Is Grim Again 

The verdict is in on Chris Paul, who was hurting a whole lot at the end of the Rockets’ Game 5 win: He’s out for Saturday.

The Most Painful Thing For Chris Paul Is Having To Watch The Most Painful Thing For Chris Paul Is Having To Watch

Chris Paul is, let’s say, a competitive person, probably to an unpleasant degree. He is also among the all-time greats at his position and finally, in his 13th season, making a deep run into the postseason. And he is also someone who, in the final minute of a conference finals Game 5, with a mere four-point lead over…

If The Warriors Are Going To Die, They Should At Least Die Pretty If The Warriors Are Going To Die, They Should At Least Die Pretty

The pre-series nightmare, for anyone who is a Warriors fan or particularly despises the Rockets’ brand of basketball, went something like this: The Warriors, a free-flowing, elegant offensive team that so often makes the experience of watching them feel transcendent, would be outpaced by the cold calculations of the…

The Rockets Have An Answer For The Warriors The Rockets Have An Answer For The Warriors

In a game that saw James Harden go 0-for-11 from three point range, the Houston Rockets didn’t have to reckon with disaster. Instead, they beat the Warriors with defense, winning Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals 98-94 by neutralizing some of the toughest-to-guard players in the NBA.

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