Rockets 111, Blazers 103 - Bounce Back

By Forrest Walker on December 11, 2018

The Houston Rockets began the game in a bad way, falling into a fifteen point hole in the first quarter. Just as the Portland Trail Blazers seemed positioned to begin their blowout early, the Rockets bounced back with a 15-2 run to finish the quarter down only a pair. After a contentious second quarter, the Rockets took a commanding seventeen point lead only to see the Blazers bounce back with a run of their own to cut it down to as few as five points. On a night full of comebacks, the Rockets made their own case for bouncing back from a disastrous season. Now they just have to repeat this game about forty more times and everything will be fine.

Rockets 104, Mavericks 107 - Another Way to Lose

By Forrest Walker on December 8, 2018

The Houston Rockets are the world's leading innovators in the field of losing. Tonight, they pulled a fast one on all of us by fighting to an 8 point lead with three minutes left in the game and then allowing Luka Doncic to go an an 11-0 run by himself. The claws of their spiritual malaise are tightening, and the spark that motivated them last season seems to be replaced by an unavoidable resignation and an uncanny ability to fail in unpredictable fashion.

Rockets 91, Jazz 119 - The Rockets are Bad

By Forrest Walker on December 7, 2018

The Houston Rockets are a bad basketball team. Despite losing Rudy Gobert to an ejection early in the game, the Utah Jazz still held an 8 point lead at halftime and grew it to 20 in five minutes. This game was over before it started because every Rockets game is over before it starts. The only two teams in the west more abjectly pathetic than the Rockets are the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns, and those two teams at least have some sort of excuse. Unless they prove it wrong, the Rockets are a bad basketball team and nothing more.

Report: Rockets Sign Gary Clark And Danuel House To New Deals

By Matthew Cardenas on December 6, 2018
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The Rockets were at a crossroads with one of their young players, Gary Clark. After signing him to a two-way contract, the rookie Clark played his way into the Rockets rotation faster than expected. Due to players only being allowed to stay on the NBA roster for 45 days under a two-way deal, the Rockets had to decide whether his contract would be converted or not. A decision has been made, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Clark's two-way contract has been converted to a three-year, $3.7 million deal. His contract is fully guaranteed for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Ep. 96: Diagnosing the Rockets + Mailbag

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) try and diagnose Houston's problems, discuss the significance of the Rockets waiving Danuel House, and answer listener questions.

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Rockets 136, Spurs 105 - And We're Back

By Forrest Walker on November 30, 2018

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Houston Rockets. With Chris Paul and Gerald Green back in the lineup, relegating Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss to garbage time players, The Rockets trampled the San Antonio Spurs from jump. This game was like returning from an extended, miserable commercial break to watch the show you've been waiting for. With Nene reportedly waiting in the wings and Brandon Knight rehabbing in the G-League, the Rockets have found reason for optimism once again. Now they have to figure out how to stay on the right station.

Rockets 108, Mavericks 128 - Bad

By Forrest Walker on November 28, 2018

The Houston Rockets lost to the Dallas Mavericks tonight, which is very bad and drops them to worst in the division, the state of Texas and the Western Conference (with the exception of the Phoenix Suns). The Rockets are very injured and have very little depth and for the moment are very bad.