Rockets 91, Bucks 107 - Deflation

By Forrest Walker on December 18, 2017

After going up 3-0 for the first time since the 2015 series against the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets immediately coughed up a deflating loss to a quite good Utah Jazz team. With starting center Clint Capela reportedly somehow double sick, this series, which still almost certainly Houston's, has  suddenly become a lot more concerning for the Rockets.

Rockets 104, Jazz 101 - The Slog

By Forrest Walker on April 20, 2019

It wasn't a surprise that game three would be the hardest one yet for the Houston Rockets. The Utah Jazz came into the evening down 0-2 in their first round series, finally hosting a game in Salt Lake City and absolutely desperate to get a win. The crowd can be counted on to have their backs, the energy is high, and being down 1-2 is infinitely better than 0-3. The Rockets were always going to have to work for this win. They simply had no idea how brutal of a slog it would prove to be. In one of the most hard-fought games of the entire season for the Rockets, they somehow survived this grueling game and came away with a tremendous win in Utah, almost certainly closing the door on the Jazz.

Rockets 118, Jazz 98 - Second Verse

By Forrest Walker on April 17, 2019

The Houston Rockets had a chance to assert themselves in game two and set themselves apart in the Western Conference as as not just a quality team, but as a force to be reckoned with. In the wake of a massive victory in game one, it's not only possible but common for a team to let up and give away game two. To their credit, the Rockets did exactly what they needed to. This was a game that wasn't competitive at any point and the Rockets never trailed. The Rockets want to prove that they are who they say they are, and across two games, they've given us no reason to doubt.

Rockets 122, Jazz 90 - Statement of Intent

By Forrest Walker on April 14, 2019

The Houston Rockets are not here to mess around. James Harden and his teammates had a chance to make a statement in game one of the 2019 playoffs, to set the tone for their expectations going forward. In retrospect, there was nearly nothing more they could have done to show the world exactly what they aim to do. The Utah Jazz came to Houston only to be absolutely buried by the Rockets in a 32-point victory that can only be read as a statement of intent.

Rockets 94, Mavs 93 - It's a Win

By Forrest Walker on March 10, 2019

The good news is that the Houston Rockets held the Dallas Mavericks to 93 points on a 100.1 defensive rating. The Mavs certainly aren't under any pressure to win games, but that's good defensive stat against anyone. The bad news is that the Rockets managed only 94 points on the evening and had to rely on some literal last-second heroism by Chris Paul to save the day. In the end, it was a win, and for now, that's good enough.

Rockets 118, Hornets 113 - Recovery

By Forrest Walker on February 27, 2019

The Houston Rockets are recovering. Tonight, James Harden continued to recover from his neck strain as the team recovered from a desultory second quarter. Things have alternated between quite good and very bad for the Houston Rockets, and right now they sit at the high-water mark for games above .500, a good-not-great eleven. The team is finally getting healthy, Chris Paul is finally looking like himself, and the team is finally able to get back a lead they surrendered. The Rockets don't look like world beaters, but they finally look ready to fight back when the world is doing the beating.

Rockets 106, Lakers 111 - Oh Great, We Get to Have This Conversation

By Forrest Walker on February 22, 2019

The Houston Rockets can lose games perfectly well on their own and really don't need any help. Unfortunately for everyone but Los Angeles Lakers fans, we now all have to deal with a tedious discussion (to put it very nicely) about Scott Foster, the NBA's most reviled referee.This was a bizarre game that ended in a bizarre, disappointing and deeply frustrating fashion and only served to further stoke the flames of debate regarding the Rockets. In short, just a another Thursday for Houston.