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Locked On Rockets, hosted by native Houstonian and Rockets blogger Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin), offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. Every day Jackson discusses the latest on James Harden, Russell Westbrook and all things Clutch City. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network. #Rockets #OneMission #NBA

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1
Westbrook Tests Positive + Tyson Chandler's Role
Jackson (@JTGatlin) focuses on the news that Russell Westbrook announced via Instagram his positive COVID-19 status and what that means moving forward before sharing post practice audio from Mike D'Antoni, highlighting Tyson Chandler's role within the team.
24 min
2
Mike D'Antoni Media Availability Audio
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares Mike D'Antoni's interview with the media ahead of the Rockets trip to Orlando and highlights a few of MDA's talking points about the team's defensive struggles as well as vertical spacing without Clint Capela.
27 min
3
Harden/Westbrook Not With Team + Gordon, Rivers...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares the news that James Harden and Russell Westbrook did NOT head to Orlando with the rest of the team and what that possibly means, followed by media availability audio from Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers and Robert Covington.
24 min
4
Daryl Morey's Media Availability
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares Daryl Morey's media availability audio and highlights a couple points about the signing of David Nwaba and the NBA salary cap ramifications moving forward.
29 min
5
Thabo Out, Luc Back In
Jackson discusses Thabo Sefolosha's decision to not join the Rockets in Orlando and the team's subsequent decision to sign forward Luc Mbah a Moute for his second stint here in Houston.
28 min
6
Rockets Media Availability and more with Ben Du...
Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose, discuss the Rockets schedule release briefly before diving into Mike D'Antoni and Eric Gordon's comments from media availability early Wednesday morning.
36 min
7
Rockets Schedule Release
Jackson and host of the Houston Sports Talk Podcast Robert Land discuss the Rockets schedule release and the first two opponents out of the gate, the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks.
47 min
8
Rockets Mailbag with Alykhan Bijani
Jackson and The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani discuss the Rockets signing of David Nwaba before jumping into mailbag questions covering topics such as offensive pace, sustainability of small-ball and transition defense. Be sure to subscribe to Alykhan's Rockets Film Room channel on YouTube for Rockets video breakdowns and analysis.
37 min
9
Advanced Stats Crash Course and Discussion Part 2
Jackson continues the conversation with Ernest Silva, Host of the Into The Lab Podcast, as they discuss a few more statistics, do analytics take the "fun" out of sports, quantifying defense, arguing eye test versus the numbers and more.
47 min
10
Nwaba In, Hartenstein Out, Advanced Stats Crash...
Jackson shares the news that Isaiah Hartenstein has been waived by the Rockets to make room for defensive wing David Nwaba and what that means for the organization moving forward, followed by part one of a basketball analytics crash course with Into The Lab Podcast Host Ernest Silva.
37 min
11
The Bubble, Tampering, Austin Rivers' Interview...
Jackson drops in some remaining thoughts about the NBA bubble, followed by sharing Austin Rivers' one-on-one interview with The Athletic, where he discusses some of the offensive and defensive sides of small-ball.
33 min
12
NBA Bubble Phased Plan and Team Hotel Groupings
Jackson shares the NBA's phased return to action plan, which includes the separation of the 22 NBA teams into hotels based on their current place in the standings, then wraps things up with a quick Twitter story.
30 min
13
Season's Return with Anthony Duckett Part 2
Jackson and Space City Scoop's Anthony Duckett continue their conversation about the return to play in Orlando, discussing possible home court advantage rules to be implemented, looking for a signature moment from James Harden, Daryl Morey in charge of coaching decisions moving forward (?) and more.
40 min
14
Season's Return with Anthony Duckett Part 1
Jackson and Space City Scoop's Anthony Duckett kick things off with general thoughts on the return to play scenario in Orlando, their way-too-early seeding predictions, logistics of the play-in tournament and more.
31 min
15
SPECIAL - Locked On's Black Lives Matter Roundt...
In an eye-opening discussion, Ross Jackson (Locked On Saints) Aaron Freeman (Locked on Falcons) Tony Wiggins (Locked On Jaguars) John Hickman (Locked On Texans) Chris Carter (Locked On Steelers) Keith Pompey (Locked On 76ers) Coty Davis (Locked On Texans) and Your Boy Q (Locked On Raiders) come together for a special Locked On Podcast Network Black Lives Matter Roundtable. These eight Locked On hosts share their first-hand experiences as black men in America. When was the first time they clocked racism in their lives? What are the pet peeves they experience as a black man? In the wake of George Floyd's killing, does this movement feel different than those of the past? What needs to happen for this moment in time to have a lasting impact on society and to result in real gains for social justice? And, will these experiences change the next generation? We take a momentary pause in our daily sports talk for this revealing and important special podcast episode.
85 min
16
Rockets Rest, Rotations and Regret
Jackson revisits the topic of a rested Rockets team headed into Orlando and shares some of PJ Tucker's shooting splits to back up his point, followed by discussing D'Antoni's renewed interest in expanding his notorious 7-man rotation and lastly Daryl Morey's regret about not putting enough talent around James Harden.
39 min
17
Talking Rockets with Matt Bullard Part 2
Former Rocket/current Rockets broadcaster Matt Bullard (@bull50) joins Jackson (@JTGatlin) to talk modern day Rockets, how the small-ball experiment has looked so far, which story lines will be interesting to see pick back up, the James Harden mid-range argument as well his new "Slim Jim" look and more.
29 min
18
Talking Rockets with Matt Bullard Part 1
Former Rocket/current Rockets broadcaster Matt Bullard (@bull50) joins Jackson (@JTGatlin) to talk 90s Rockets hoops, the emergence of Rudy Tomjanovich as the Rockets head coach, using '92-'93 as fuel for the following season, playoff atmosphere of the seven game series against the Knicks, Hakeem's leadership style + legendary season and more.
32 min
19
#BlackLivesMatter
Jackson (@JTGatlin) deviates from the norm to focus on the death of George Floyd and the protests sweeping the nation. Words from former NBA player Stephen Jackson, pieces of Kyle Korver's "Privileged" Player's Tribune article and black voices from the Rockets community.
53 min
20
Slim Jim Harden + Potential Playoff Formats wit...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Rockets diehard Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) breakdown the pros and cons of James Harden's new physique, followed by a dive into potential NBA playoff formats and how they would impact the Rockets.
34 min
21
Rockets Villains with Adam Clanton Part 2
Jackson (@JTGatlin) and 1/2 of SportsTalk 790's "The A-Team" and Rockets Radio Network Host Adam Clanton (@adamclanton) assess some "honorable mention" players as well as organizations and a special pair of referees as they continue on in part two of this Rockets villains podcast.
36 min
22
Rockets Villains with Adam Clanton Part 1
Jackson (@JTGatlin) and 1/2 of SportsTalk 790's "The A-Team" and Rockets Radio Network Host Adam Clanton (@adamclanton) stroll through the Rockets history books to pick out the worst villains in franchise history and discuss what stands out about them.
28 min
23
Interview with former Rocket Steve Novak Part 2
Former Houston Rockets forward Steve Novak (@stevenovak16) joins Jackson (@JTGatlin) for part two of this two-part interview to discuss today's modern NBA, the three point revolution, could dominant bigs like Shaq and Yao play in today's "space and pace" league, how the MVP award and discussions are handled and more.
25 min
24
Interview with former Rocket Steve Novak Part 1
Former Houston Rockets forward Steve Novak (@stevenovak16) joins Jackson (@JTGatlin) to discuss his time in Houston, coaching differences between Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Adelman, playing alongside Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, his game-winning three against the Kings to keep the 22 game win streak alive and more in part one of this two-part interview.
30 min
25
Rockets Headline Roulette
Jackson (@JTGatlin) runs through some recent Rockets headlines such as the reopening of practice facilities and Houston as a potential host for the remainder of the NBA season before finishing things off with a preliminary thought about 2020 free agency.
35 min
26
Rockets "What If...?" with Ben DuBose
Thursday's show Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) as they run through different "What If...?" shots that either directly, or indirectly, impacted the Houston Rockets.
50 min
27
Rockets Director of Entertainment Natalie Alvar...
Wednesday's show sees Jackson (@JTGatlin) interview Houston Rockets Director of Entertainment Natalie Alvarado (og_nat_boogie). Topics covered include her journey to become part of the Rockets organization, growing into the role of head coach and choreographer of the Clutch City Dancers, game day behind the scenes, working with Clutch the Bear and much, much more.
32 min
28
Rockets Greatest Games w/ Lachard Binkley
Friday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Space City Scoop/Overtime Heroics contributor Lachard Binkley (@HTOWN4LIFE40) as they recount some of their personal greatest Rockets games, along with a dive into the rabbit hole of "Ringz" culture.
65 min
29
Rockets Playoff Preview w/ Michael Shapiro Part 2
Thursday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Sports Illustrated's Rockets beat writer Michael Shapiro (@mshap2) as they continue to break down potential playoff matchups against the OKC Thunder, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, as well as sharing thoughts on rumors regarding the Rockets head coaching situation.
41 min
30
Rockets Playoff Preview w/ Michael Shapiro Part 1
Wednesday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Sports Illustrated's Rockets beat writer Michael Shapiro (@mshap2) as they break down potential matchups against the LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
40 min
31
NEW: Austin Rivers' Wireside Thoughts
Jackson replays some of Austin Rivers' "Wireside Chat" with Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman, then shares his thoughts and optimism behind a couple of points Rivers makes regarding playing without fans and the Rockets small-ball scheme.
33 min
32
'90s Hoops with Roosh Williams Part 2
Jackson and guest Roosh Williams continue their conversation with topics like how the 90's Bulls change in offensive philosophy resulted in two separate three-peats, the parallels to James Harden, Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets, callbacks to the MDA Phoenix Suns, a trip down memory lane identifying some of the best moments in franchise history and more.
52 min
33
'90s Hoops with Roosh Williams Part 1
Jackson and guest Roosh Williams talk about basketball goals and hoops, reactions to episodes three and four of The Last Dance, Michael Jordan and James Harden's leadership styles and more.
34 min
34
NEW: 2019-2020 Best Moments Part 3
In Friday's show, Jackson (@JTGatlin) and #RocketsTwitter savant Itamar (@Itamar1710), better known as "Disney Gary Clark", start things off with the origins of Itamar's love of Gary Clark, followed by wrapping up the best moments from this past season, including some honorable mentions that didn't quite make the final cut.
72 min
35
NEW: 2019-2020 Best Moments Part 2
Thursday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and guest Coty Davis (@CotyDavis_24) as they continue discussing the best moments of the season, Coty's concerns with the hiatus affecting team chemistry, and thoughts on the first two episodes of Michael Jordans "The Last Dance" documentary.
45 min
36
NEW: 2019-2020 Best Moments
Wednesday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and guest Justin Levine (@JustinLev) as they kick off the "Best Moments" of the Rockets 2019-2020 season by revisiting the overtime win in Boston, capping a six game winning streak for the Rockets. Afterwards, they discuss Justin's new website, Fadeaway Finance, and the financial implications COVID-19 has had on the Rockets and the NBA.
61 min
37
NEW: Domino Effect Part 2
Jackson is joined by Space City Scoop site expert Anthony Duckett for part two of "Domino Effect" as they continue to navigate the last decade of Rockets signings, trades, waived players and "What If" scenarios that led to the current version of the team.
56 min
38
NEW: Domino Effect Part 1
Jackson is joined by Space City Scoop site expert Anthony Duckett as they navigate the last decade of Rockets signings, trades, waived players and "What If" scenarios that led to the current version of the team.
46 min
39
NEW: COVID-19 relief, hearing from Eric Gordon ...
Thursday's show highlights many of the different COVID-19 relief efforts made by members of the Rockets organization, followed by audio from Matt Thomas' interview with Eric Gordon and speculation on what a new NBA schedule might look like moving forward.
34 min
40
NEW: Rockets History Part 2 w/ Ben DuBose
Friday's second show continues the conversation between Jackson and Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose as Ben continues sharing his memories regarding the 90s Rockets teams, what it was like being a fan back then, and some hypothetical scenarios regarding the championship Rockets.
36 min
41
NEW: Rockets History Part 1 w/ Ben DuBose
Friday's first show follows Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose, as they discuss ways the NBA and other organizations are trying to get creative with content, followed by some 90s Rockets history.
29 min
42
NEW: Growing up a Rockets fan
Wednesday's show follows Jackson, joined by SportsTalk 790's Michael Connor, as they reminisce about the versions of the Rockets they grew up with, some of their favorite all-time Rockets, and some speculation on the return of sports.
33 min
43
NEW: Rudy T Makes It To The Hall!
Monday's show spreads the joyous news that former Rockets player and back-to-back championship coach Rudy Tomjanovich has finally been inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Audio from Mario Elie and the man of the hour, Rudy T himself, as well as statements from Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Calvin Murphy.
27 min
44
NEW: Locked On Houston Part 2
Friday’s show follows Jackson, joined by Locked On Astros host Eric Huysman and Locked On Texans host Coty Davis, as they tackle all things Houston in part two of this Locked On crossover.
20 min
45
NEW: Locked On Houston Part 1
Thursday's show follows Jackson, joined by Locked On Astros host Eric Huysman and Locked On Texans host Coty Davis, as they tackle all things Houston in part one of this Locked On crossover.
25 min
46
NEW: Rockets Post-2000s Defenders
Wednesday's show follows Jackson as he lists the best Rockets defenders of the past couple decades and then crafts his Mount Rushmore of post-2000s Rockets defenders.
37 min
47
NEW: Morey's Q&A, BIG3 and Mailbag
Monday's show shares some of Rockets' GM Daryl Morey's Q&A answers from the virtual watch party that took place Sunday evening, thoughts on a Denver Nuggets first round match-up followed by some news coming out of the BIG3 League as well as a brief "anything but Rockets" mailbag segment.
35 min
48
NEW: Rockets and Pacers Faux Preview
Friday's second podcast sees Jackson (@JTGatlin) join Tony East (@TEastNBA) of the Locked On Pacers podcast as they break down what the game between the Rockets and Pacers would have looked like if the NBA schedule wasn't postponed. Both teams looking different than when they first met back in November, interesting individual matchups, most surprising players this season and more.
30 min
49
NEW: Keith Smith joins the show (Part 2)
Friday's show is part two continuing the discussion between Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) as they dive into topics like Tilman Fertitta's financial burden due to the hiatus, most surprising NBA teams this season, interesting playoff scenarios/matchups, what a return to play might look like and more.
31 min
50
NEW: Keith Smith joins the show (Part 1)
Thursday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) joined by Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) as they tackle topics like Keith's basketball background, the James Harden and Russell Westbrook pairing, pros and cons of small-ball, how the hiatus impacts the team and more. Part two to follow.
30 min
51
NEW: Best Of Edition
Tuesday's "Best Of" show revisits conversations with past Locked On Rockets guests Alykhan Bijani, Ben DuBose and Adam Clanton.
42 min
52
NEW: Crossover with the Houston Sports Talk Pod...
Monday's show follows Jackson as he joins Robert Land and Stephen Kerr on the Houston Sports Talk Podcast (@HSTPodcast) to discuss some glass half-full topics regarding the NBA hiatus, ability to win with small-ball, Mike D'Antoni as head coach and more.
35 min
53
NEW: Russell Westbrook Spotlight
Friday's show focuses on expectations of Russell Westbrook headed into the season, how he has performed so far with points in the season highlighted as to where he made significant strides in his play style, potential areas of improvement and more.
41 min
54
NEW: James Harden Spotlight
Thursday's show focuses on expectations of James Harden headed into the season, how he has performed so far with different stretches of the season divided into his "ups" and "downs", areas of improvement and more.
43 min
55
NEW: Trash-talk Tuesday
Tuesday's show visits some of the greatest trash-talkers in NBA history, along with some of the more verbose Houston Rockets players, including the undeniable GOAT Rockets trash-talking legend. The final segment gets spicy as Jackson takes on the task of roasting all 29 other teams.
26 min
56
NEW: Longer hiatus, 22-game win streak
Monday's show goes over the recent news that the NBA hiatus will be longer than initially expected, followed by the first "on this day in Rockets history" segment covering the Rockets 22-game win streak which culminated with a win against the L.A. Lakers on March 16, 2008.
24 min
57
NEW: News updates, content plan and more
Friday's show provides listeners with further coronavirus news updates as it relates to the Rockets and the NBA at large, followed by tentative content plans for the show over the next month and a coronavirus PSA in segment three.
29 min
58
NEW: NBA season suspended
Thursday's show Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares initial thoughts and reactions to the NBA suspending action until further notice because of the pandemic coronavirus outbreak in segment one, while segments two and three see Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) join the show to discuss topics like the Rockets' recent struggles, James Harden in a five-out offense, Russell Westbrook's role for this team to succeed and more.
44 min
59
RECAP: Losing streak who? Rockets top Wolves 11...
Wednesday's show recaps the Rockets 117-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics include the efficient nights from James Harden and Russell Westbrook; closing the game out with defense; Eric Gordon remembering how to play basketball in the second half; Danuel House Jr. gets his minutes cut; Jeff Green being used as a screener; building on this win and more.
29 min
60
NEW: Rockets final stretch expectations
Tuesday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) as he lays out the team -- and individual -- expectations for the Rockets across the remaining 19 games of the regular season schedule.
38 min
61
RECAP: Rockets losing streak grows to four
Monday's show recaps the Rockets continued losing streak with losses against the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic. Topics include possible causes for the extended losing streak; the validity of small-ball over a prolonged period of time; defensive game planning; offensive struggles compounding an already questionable defense and more.
28 min
62
RECAP: Failure to launch as Rockets fall to Cli...
Friday's show recaps the Rockets disheartening 120-105 loss against the LA Clippers. Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Houston sports fanalyst Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams) focus on some of the macro takeaways from this game like it not being an indictment on small-ball; getting more creative with the new space within the offense; James Harden missing a lob threat; Russell Westbrook appreciation and more.
47 min
63
NEW: Rockets/Clippers preview Part 2
Thursday's show sees Jackson (@JTGatlin) joined by #RocketsTwitter icon Disney Gary Clark (@Itamar1710) as the conversation continues surrounding what will likely be the most important game of the Rockets' season. Topics include rebounding issues; possible lineups; Russ game or Harden game?: most interesting individual matchups; vertical spacing vs. five-out spacing; containing Montrezl Harrell and more.
40 min
64
NEW: Rockets/Clippers preview Part 1
Wednesday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin), joined by the hosts of Locked On Clippers Charles Mockler (@CharlesMockler) and William Updyke (@WillUpdyke), as they preview and breakdown the looming matchup between two of the Western Conference elite. Topics include a Clippers potential small-ball lineup; who will be guarding James Harden; contributions from newly added Morris and Jackson; which team the Clippers should be most afraid of in the West; Locked On's "best player" pole results and more.
33 min
65
RECAP: Small-ball comes up short, Rockets fall ...
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 125-123 loss against the New York Knicks. Topics include five stages of grief; Robert Covington as the Rockets' bright spot; expecting more of a "team rebounding" mentality; no minutes (again) for DeMarre Carroll; Russell Westbrook's handle and decision making; only half the bench mob showing up and more.
30 min
66
RECAP: Rockets escape Celtics 111-110 in OT thr...
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 111-110 (unnecessary) overtime thriller on the road against the Boston Celtics. Topics include a quick foray into the Harden/Giannis beef; winning with defense; Westbrook's 41-point evening; strong third quarter to get back in control of the game; the sequence and decisions (or lack thereof) that led to overtime; Tucker and RoCo as "The Clamps"; McLemore over Carrol and more.
34 min
67
NEW: Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic joins the show
Friday's show sees Jackson joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider), Rockets reporter for The Athletic. Topics include how Alykhan got into film study, and resources for those who would like to learn more about the Xs and Os of basketball; favorite Rockets plays; biggest X-factor on the team; analyzing the other Western Conference playoff teams and more.
35 min
68
RECAP: Rockets top Grizzlies 140-112, win fifth...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 140-112 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Topics include the "Do Your Job Mob" showing out again, led by 23 points from Austin Rivers; how spacing benefits everyone, not just Russell Westbrook; Beard and Brodie getting whatever they want; McLemore's shooting numbers and more.
31 min
69
NEW: Rockets mid-week mailbag with Rockets Wire...
Wednesday's mid-week mailbag show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) as they tackle a variety of questions from listeners. Topics include Ben McLemore's role; favorable playoff matchups; expectations for DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green; what constitutes a "successful season" for the Rockets; favorite games/moments so far and much, much more.
52 min
70
RECAP: Rockets bounce Knicks 123-112
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets win over the New York Knicks 123-112. Topics include the long day and subsequent strong outing by James Harden; Robert Covington's "suspicious" block party continues; Ben McLemore remains unconscious from distance; Austin Rivers' second half spark and more.
31 min
71
RECAP: Rockets go 2-0 in SLC, handle Jazz 120-110
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, claiming the season series two games to one. Topics include hot shooting start then subsequent cooling off; James Harden and Russell Westbrook combine for 72 points and connect on an awesome alley-oop dunk; Jazz guards getting into the paint at will until defensive adjustments in the third quarter; Robert Covington's defensive presence; DeMarre Carroll IG story and more.
31 min
72
RECAP: Rockets blitz Warriors 135-105
Friday's show recaps the Rockets resounding 135-105 win over the Golden State Warriors. Topics include Russell Westbrook's technical foul dilemma; Blistering three-point shooting (25/49 for 51%); Jeff Green and DeMarre Carrol's Rockets debuts; lineups we DON'T want to see and why; new offensive wrinkles thanks to five-out basketball; Robert Covington and others helping with defensive identity of the team and more.
33 min
73
NEW: Adam Clanton, Rockets Radio Network host a...
Thursday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) and Adam Clanton (@AdamClanton) as they prep for the second half of the Rockets season. Topics include Bill Simmons' hatred of Houston; a few minutes impersonating "Locked On Astros"; Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden beef; no MVP stress this season; small-ball as a winning strategy; raving about Russell Westbrook 54 (well, 45) games in; revisiting over/under numbers from their season preview and more.
43 min
74
NEW: DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green Headed to H...
In Tuesday's show Jackson explores the reports that veteran wings DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green will be joining the Rockets. Topics include first impressions and expectations; Green's 10-day contract and what it means; how this affects the rotation and depth; previous buyout's playing time; chemistry between guys who have played together before and more.
37 min
75
RECAP: NBA All-Star Weekend 2020
Double-up! In Monday's second show, Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by his good friend and fellow University of Houston Communications alumnus Chris McGehee (@ChrisMcGMedia) to recap NBA All-Star weekend 2020. Topics include the new game format providing some much-needed intensity down the stretch; Aaron Gordon being robbed in the dunk contest; the future of the NBA with promising young talent; hypothetical changes for next year and more.
38 min
76
NEW: SportsTalk 790's Brian LaLima joins the show
Double-up! In Monday's first show, Jackson is joined by SportsTalk 790's reporter/host Brian LaLima to talk all things Rockets. Topics include initial small-ball thoughts; James Harden and Russell Westbrook co-existing; Mount Rushmore of gritty, "dog" mentality Rockets; Chris Paul's comments on PJ Tucker's contract situation; the Western Conference elite and more.
48 min
77
NEW: NBA All-Star Weekend
In Friday's show Jackson (@JTGatlin) prepares listeners for NBA All-Star weekend 2020 with contest and game format updates, as well as making his picks for each contest before wrapping things up with an All-Star weekend suggestion and an all-time Rockets All-Star draft.
25 min
78
NEW: Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose joins to ta...
Thursday's show follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) joined by USA Today Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) as they discuss topics like fully committing to small-ball; Robert Covington's fit; are Russell Westbrook's numbers sustainable and conducive to winning; Western Conference playoff picture and more.
41 min
79
RECAP: Harden, Westbrook crush Celtics
Wednesday's show recaps the Rockets 116-105 win over the Boston Celtics. Topics include Harden and Westbrook's strong outings; rebounding by committee; defense stepping up in the first and third quarters; Covington continues to impress defensively and more.
30 min
80
NEW: Rockets/Celtics Crossover with John Karalis
Tuesday's show is a crossover Locked On episode with John Karalis of Locked On Celtics. Jackson and John cover topics such as defensive switching schemes; missing laptops; how small-ball can actually take advantage of big lineups; who's skin Marcus Smart will attempt to get under; what to expect out of the Rockets/Celtics match-up and more.
44 min
81
RECAP: Heartbreaker in Houston
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 114-113 loss against the Utah Jazz off of a buzzer beater three by Bojan Bogdanovic. Topics include Russell Westbrook's continued efficiency; James Harden's shooting (2/13 3PT); the insane final three minutes of the game; perimeter defense issues; rotating the new trio (Tucker, Covington, Rivers) of defensive players and more.
31 min
82
RECAP: Rockets, RoCo top Lakers with.. defense?
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 121-111 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Topics include Robert Covington's first outing (back) as a Houston Rocket; Russell Westbrook's monster 40-point evening; James Harden's patience and facilitating on offense; Rockets playing stellar second half defense, shutting down the Lakers over the final five minutes and more.
31 min
83
NEW: Trade Deadline Thursday
Thursday's episode recaps the many goings-on of the NBA trade deadline and the effects on the Rockets. Topics include not being able to expand upon the original four-team Clint Capela trade: 76ers trade having both a positive AND negative Rockets side effect; potential backup center targets; what Jordan Bell can provide; buyout market candidates and more.
33 min
84
NEW: Capela out, Covington in
Wednesday's show recounts the late-breaking Tuesday night news that Rockets' center Clint Capela was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-team trade that also included Nene, Gerald Green and a Rockets first round draft pick, netting the team former Rocket Robert Covington and Jordan Bell from the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as a second round draft pick from the Golden State Warriors. Reaction, break down and more.
41 min
85
NEW: Rockets, Capela trade deadline rumors and ...
Tuesday's show visits the recent surge of trade rumors surrounding Rockets' center Clint Capela, with thoughts from hosts Brad Rowland of Locked On Hawks and John Karalis of Locked On Celtics, the two teams at the forefront of the aforementioned trade rumors. Some ideas thrown around in the final segment; Aaron Baynes, Semi Ojeleye and a trio of players from the Sacramento Kings.
34 min
86
RECAP: Rockets SmallBall™ goes 3-0 with 117-109...
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 117-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Topics include James Harden's resurgence; Russell Westbrook back to being inefficient?; continued use of the SmallBall™ lineup; losing the battle of the boards 63-43, but forcing 21 turnovers; Clint Capela trade rumors and more.
30 min
87
RECAP: Rockets edge Luka-less Mavs
Saturday's show recaps the Rockets 128-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Topics include James Harden (somewhat) returning to form; the new 6'6" and under lineup featuring no true center; Mavericks exploiting the Rockets on the boards; defensive issues stemming from lack of size and more.
26 min
88
NEW: Talking Rockets and Mavs with Brian Zilem
Friday's show goes "behind enemy lines" with Brian Zilem (@BrianZilem) of the Blue Hardwood Podcast (@BlueHardwood) to discuss all things Rockets and Mavericks. Topics include expectations coming into this season; surprise contributors for both teams; Harden and Doncic similarities, media narratives; West playoff picture and more.
51 min
89
RECAP: Lillard, Blazers light up Rockets 125-112
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 125-112 loss against the Portland Trailblazers. Topics include Russell Westbrook's continued efficiency; James Harden IS NOT himself right now; perimeter defenders allowing easy driving lanes; comparing this game to the Utah Jazz game and more.
30 min
90
RECAP: Gordon drops 50, Rockets rout Jazz 126-117
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 126-117 underdog win on the road over the Utah Jazz. Topics include Eric Gordon's career-high 50 points; Austin Rivers and Danuel House Jr.'s big offensive contributions; Rockets go small the entire game to displace Rudy Gobert; productive minutes from Thabo Sefolosha; offense looking less predictable without Harden/Westbrook and more.
29 min
91
NEW: Rockets lose to Nuggets, world loses Kobe
Monday's show honors 41-year-old basketball legend Kobe Bryant after he died in a horrible helicopter accident early Sunday afternoon, as well as recapping an emotionally charged Rockets loss 117-110 to the Denver Nuggets immediately thereafter. Topics include Bryant's impact across the game of basketball; contributions from Sefolosha; D'Antoni showing himself to be invested defensively and more.
35 min
92
RECAP: Westbrook wrangles Timberwolves
Saturday's show recaps the Rockets 131-124 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics include Russell Westbrook's maturing as a Rocket with a season-high 45 points on 16/27 FG; James Harden struggles AND gets injured; incredible performance by the bench brigade; a look ahead and more.
29 min
93
NEW: All-Star selections, mid-season report card
Friday's show follows Jackson as he talks about James Harden and -- more than likely -- Russell Westbrook's selections to the 2020 NBA All-Star game, as well as handing out mid-season report card grades to the players, Mike D'Antoni and Daryl Morey.
35 min
94
RECAP: Rockets renew hope, D'Antoni gets win No...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets win 121-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. Topics include James Harden (and the entire team) limiting threes; Russell Westbrook's post play; Eric Gordon's 25-point explosion off the bench; minimizing turnovers; matching up defensively in the half court and more.
30 min
95
RECAP: Rockets collapse late against Thunder, c...
Tuesday's show with Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams) recaps the Rockets 112-107 loss to the OKC Thunder. Topics include where the accountability lies for the team's struggles; James Harden continues to have a disheartening stretch of play; Russell Westbrook remains one of the team's only bright spots and more. Things get goofy in segment three.
45 min
96
NEW: Lakers loss, roster limitations and more
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 124-115 loss to the LA Lakers plus a few other points of discussion. Topics include James Harden's continued slump; Russell Westbrook playing out of his mind; offensive drought lost you the third quarter, but defense lost you the game; penny-pinching roster moves and more.
39 min
97
NEW: Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose joins to ta...
Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose, cover ground on topics like the Rockets "dog days' of January; revisiting Robert Covington; James Harden's performance to start 2020; Russell Westbrook's load management program; Danuel House Jr.'s regression; rough schedule to close out January and more.
43 min
98
RECAP: Rockets drop second straight to Blazers ...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 117-107 loss at home to the Portland Trailblazers. Topics include James Harden's struggles with an emphasis on defensive effort; Russell Westbrook with one of his best games of the season; role players being one-dimensional; points off turnovers and rebounding; Westbrook calling a player's only meeting after the game and more.
40 min
99
RECAP: Morant, Grizzlies topple Rockets 121-110
Wednesday's show recaps the Rockets 121-110 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. Topics include James Hardens inefficient 41-point game (13/37 FG); lack of minutes for Isaiah Hartenstein; getting no production from the forwards; fast break points 25-7 in favor of Memphis; standings in the West, schedule moving forward and more.
33 min
100
RECAP: Rockets run circles around Wolves 139-109
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 139-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics include Hartenstein's play in the absence of Capela; Harden ditching his headband; McLemore with the starting nod over House Jr.; best Rockets 5-man lineups; hesitancy of shooters and more.
34 min