Ep. 95: Rockets defeat Pacers, Melo era coming to an end, and more


Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) break down Houston's win over Indiana, the possible end of the Carmelo Anthony saga, Gary Clark's increasing role with the team, Houston's surging defense, and the Jimmy Butler trade.

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Rockets 115, Pacers 103 - Bounce Back

By Forrest Walker on November 11, 2018






The Houston Rockets scored more than 100 points in a basketball game. This everyday occurrence last season has turned into a rare pleasure, with the Rockets failing to score three digits in a game four games in a row. Since their win against the Brooklyn Nets on November 2nd, Houston has put together a truly desultory offensive run. After shooting a horrifying 33% from the field the previous night in San Antonio, the Rockets found their stroke again and won a game against a quality Indiana Pacers team by a comfortable margin.


Rockets 98, Pacers 94 - Progress

By Forrest Walker on November 5, 2018






 After two victories over relatively light opposition, the Houston Rockets faced a real challenge in a strong Indiana Pacers team. In perhaps the most critical game yet of their imperiled young season, the defense held out and the offense showed up just in time to give the Rockets a statement win. Ever since Chris Paul led a players-only huddle in Brooklyn, the Rockets have been climbing out of a the hole they've dug, and tonight marks another solid step in that progress.

Report: Jeff Bzdelik Coming Out of Retirement, Rejoining Rockets Coaching Staff

By Matthew Cardenas on November 5, 2018
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After retiring back in September - just weeks before the start of the NBA season, Jeff Bzdelik has ended his brief retirement and will return to the Rockets coaching staff. Bzdelik originally retired to handle circumstances off the court. He has signed a contract for the remainder and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, he will not immediately return. Bzdelik will return by the end of November at the latest.
Defense has not been the calling card for the Rockets to start the season. They currently possess a 111.3 defensive rating, which is 21st in the association. A multitude of reasons factor into the sluggish start. Many new faces are on the Rockets' roster and have to adjust to the switch-everything scheme. Injuries have made it difficult to possess a true feel of this roster as well. It is too difficult to make assumptions on a team that hasn't reached full health. The Rockets were 7th in defensive rating last season. The potential is there but there is going to be an adjustment period with the plethora of new faces.

A slow start for the Rockets is reportedly not Bzdelik's reasoning for returning to the roster. Reports say owner Tilman Fertitta has been in constant contact with him since his retirement in early September. Kelly Iko of The Athletic said recently that Bzdelik said he misses the team and wished everyone well. It seems clear a possible return was always an option.

The Rockets currently sit at 3-5 on the season and are riding a two-game winning streak. The Rockets have steadily improved defensively and only gave up seven points in the third quarter to the Chicago Bulls in Saturday's win. With Bzdelik back in the mix, the Rockets are looking to get back to their old defensive ways.

Ep. 94: James Harden and James Ennis return, Rockets go 2-1, and more


Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss James Harden and James Ennis returning from injury, Houston's most recent back-to-back wins, and some more Jimmy Butler tak.

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Rockets 119, Nets 111 - The Opposite of a Loss

By Forrest Walker on November 2, 2018






Tonight, the Houston Rockets didn't gain a number in the loss column. This is, of course, a ridiculous concept, but believe me when I say that the first, unknown number in their season record went up. In fact, it went up by an entire integer! Whatever they did to the Brooklyn Nets was something other than a loss. It was, if anything the opposite of a loss. This is frankly stunning and hard to follow, so bear with me as we go over whatever it is that just happened.

Rockets 85, Blazers 104 - A New Way to Lose

By Forrest Walker on October 30, 2018






 The Houston Rockets are bad. They add another loss to the ongoing tally, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers in embarrassing fashion. It began as a competitive if hideous game and ended as the latest in Houston's growing body of failures. It's still early and there are still a lot of mitigating factors, but the panic button is looking increasingly appealing as this Rockets season continues to spiral in a way none predicted.