Ep. 72: More LeBron Rumors + 1st Seed Talk

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss the following:

-Toothbrush talk
-Exploring new rumors about LeBron James' free agency
-Rockets finally lose a game
-Why the Raptors deserve more of the public's respect
-The Rockets expand their lead over the Warriors for the 1 seed

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Rockets 109, Spurs 93 - Lopsided

By Forrest Walker on March 12, 2018

The Houston Rockets are one of the most talented teams in the NBA, and are cruising on a streak made of good vibes and excellent chemistry. Somehow, the San Antonio Spurs were the team in this matchup with roster, chemistry and organizational issues. Without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs fared little chance.

Where does Mike D’Antoni rank among the hierarchy of NBA coaches?

By Salman Ali on March 11, 2018

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In 2016, the Houston Rockets made the decision to bring Mike D’Antoni out of retirement to coach a team that was in desperate need of a new voice, a facelift, and some direction. At the time, the hire was met with much skepticism and fear given D’Antoni’s prior two coaching stops.

Rockets 105, Mavericks 82 - Clinched

By Forrest Walker on March 11, 2018

The Dallas Mavericks are a bad team, and tanking to boot. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are an elite team, despite injuries. On a night without MVP candidate James Harden, among other injuries, the Rockets held court in Dallas and began a new winning streak immediately after their narrow loss in Toronto. Despite some trouble in the first half, this game was put away by the middle of the third quarter, and have clinched a playoff spot.

Rockets 105, Raptors 108 - Room for Improvement

By Forrest Walker on March 9, 2018

The Houston Rockets are not perfect. As the final buzzer sounded tonight, The Toronto Raptors picked up their 48th win and the Houston Rockets finally accepted a 14th loss. After 17 straight victories, the streak is over and the Rockets fall back into a tie with the Golden State Warriors. The Toronto Raptors have now swept the Houston Rockets in the season series, and remain alongside Detroit and Washington as the only teams the Rockets have yet to defeat this season, and will remain so until the NBA Finals at earliest. For as mighty as the Rockets are, there still remain spaces for improvement.

Rockets 110, Bucks 99 - One Step Closer

By Forrest Walker on December 18, 2017

The Houston Rockets had no particular interest in losing to the Milwaukee Bucks on a Wednesday night. In retrospect, that seems like a good decision, since it ticks their win streak up to 17 and brings them a little closer to a 1st seed in the Western Conference. It was a grueling, sloppy affair, but it was a win nonetheless.

Rockets 122, Thunder 112 - Vindication

By Forrest Walker on March 6, 2018

For the sixteenth time in as many games, the Houston Rockets are the victors. This time, the loss came at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team 15 games back of the Rockets but nonetheless often considered a realistic threat to them. The Thunder walked away with Christmas day win on their first meeting of the season, but didn't have enough to prevent the Rockets from extending their win streak to 16 games and picking up their 50th win of the season.