Ep. 99: How to solve the Rockets w/ @DaveDuFour

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops), Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS), and special guest Dave DuFour (@DaveDuFourNBA) go over James Harden's fatigue, Clint Capela's injury, and possible trade deadline/buyout targets for Houston.

1. This podcast was recorded before the Kenneth Faried news.
2. The interview with Dave starts at 30:33

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Rockets 142, Nets 145 - Ludicrous

By Forrest Walker on January 16, 2019

This was a ludicrous, ridiculous game from tip off. The Houston Rockets hosted the recently-frisky Brooklyn Nets and lost a game that wasn't just somehow a loss, or somehow an overtime game, or somehow close or somehow a huge night for James Harden or somehow a huge night for Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen. It was somehow everything. It was bad, it was good, and it wasn't actually good at all. At least it's over.

Rockets 109, Magic 116 - Letdown

By Forrest Walker on January 13, 2019

The Houston Rockets can beat anyone or lose to anyone on any given night. Even short-handed, they've racked up impressive wins against the best teams in the league. Also, they've lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers and, tonight, the Orlando Magic. Alone, a game like this is little to worry about. As part of the larger season, the Rockets continue to have cause for concern, ever after winning 13 of the last 17 games. This was a bizarre, unlikely game, but it exposed some truths for the Rockets they'd rather not face.

Ep. 98: Midseason Rockets Evaluation + Trade Deadline Chatter w/ Kelly Iko

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and The Athletic's Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) evaluate the Rockets at the midseason mark and briefly preview the NBA trade deadline and Houston's possible targets.

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Rockets 109, Bucks 116 - Not Close Enough

By Forrest Walker on January 9, 2019

The Milwaukee Bucks are at the top of the NBA standings for a reason. In tonight's loss to the Bucks, the Houston Rockets showed exactly why they aren't. It may have come down to the last few possessions, but when faced with the level of competition they'll need to beat to approach their expectations for the playoffs, Houston looked good but still not quite there yet. With as many losses now as they suffered all of last season, Houston still has a lot of gap to close.

Report: Rockets Trade Michael Carter-Williams to Chicago Bulls

By Matthew Cardenas on January 7, 2019
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According to reports, the Rockets have traded guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls in return for a second round pick. The main reasoning behind this move is salary. Carter-Williams' contract would have become fully guaranteed if the Rockets did not move him today. This saves the Rockets of a tax hit.

Reports also indicate that Carter-Williams will be waived by the Bulls. The Rockets were his fifth stop overall and his fourth team in as many seasons. Carter-Williams was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 2014. He appeared in 16 games for the Rockets and had not seen action since December 19.

Carter-Williams simply did not work out in Houston. While his ability to penetrate and kick out to the wings sometimes worked for him, that was all he really offered. His three-point shooting has been a liability for years and there were no real signs of improvement. However, one can credit him for hitting the 25th three-pointer for the Rockets against the Wizards, which set an NBA record.

This was a trade that had to be completed.

Expect to see the Rockets possibly convert Danuel House from his two-way contract, which is close to running out. He has been in the starting lineup and contributed greatly on both ends. House has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.

The Rockets currently sit at 22-16 and 5th in the Western Conference. They face off against the West-leading Denver Nuggets Monday night inside Toyota Center.

Rockets 135, Warriors 134 - The MVP

By Forrest Walker on January 3, 2019

James Harden is the Most Valuable Player. What else can be said about the all-time game he turned in against the Golden State Warriors? The list of signature moments, critical storylines and unbelievable play tonight is an entire article by itself. In fact, it's this article. It's time to go over exactly what James Harden did tonight in a Houston's thrilling overtime win over the Golden State Warriors.