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The Locked On Rockets Podcast, hosted by Houston native and credentialed media member Jackson Gatlin, is the BEST and ONLY daily (Mon-Fri) Houston Rockets basketball podcast. Every day Jackson shares the latest news, speculation and analysis on Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Jabari Smith Jr., Kevin Porter Jr., Jae'Sean Tate, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, the Draft, Free Agency and the rest of the NBA. Previous guests include former Rockets Matt Bullard and Vernon Maxwell, legendary broadcaster Bill Worrell, current players Armoni Brooks, Jae'Sean Tate and more.


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Locked on Rockets — July 16 — Decoding the late...
In today's episode, Ben breaks down the latest story from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Carmelo Anthony's ongoing situation with the New York Knicks — along with full breakdowns on how each of the various scenarios impacts the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #N...
35 min
1102
Locked on Rockets — July 15 — On the Chris Paul...
Ben offers his primary takeaways after another busy July day for the Rockets, including hits on Chris Paul's introductory press conference, the signing of big man Tarik Black, and the latest trade rumors with Carmelo Anthony. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAge...
40 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 14 — What the "pause" ...
Why are the Knicks halting trade talks with the Rockets on Carmelo Anthony? Ben tries to make sense of the various reports and outlines the likely steps going forward, including why he still believes Anthony reports to training camp with the Houston Ro...
24 min
1104
Locked on Rockets — July 13 — Carmelo Anthony u...
With the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations still dragging on, our Ben DuBose gives his spin on the latest rumors as of Thursday evening — including a scoop of his own about a recent real estate inquiry here in Houston. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeagency #C...
25 min
1105
Locked on Rockets — July 11 — Making sense of t...
Where do the Rockets currently stand in the Carmelo Anthony chase? Ben tries to make sense of all the various rumors, along with an educated guess on the role (or lack thereof) of Chris Paul's introductory press conference on Friday in any potential An...
47 min
1106
Locked on Rockets — July 8 — On Harden's deserv...
In today's emergency episode, Ben breaks down the news of James Harden's massive contract extension and how it further bolsters the narrative of Houston as a destination franchise for star players. On the second half of the show (12:28), Ben recaps a ...
36 min
1107
Locked on Rockets — July 6 — On P.J. Tucker's i...
With the NBA's moratorium lifting Thursday, the Rockets made their free-agency agreements official by signing P.J. Tucker, Zhou Qi, and Nene to multi-year contracts. Ben examines the highlights, including P.J. Tucker's introductory press conference at ...
41 min
1108
Locked on Rockets — July 4 — Carmelo update, Mo...
Day 3 of free agency came and went without a major move for the Rockets, but rumors continued to swirl. We explore all the headlines in tonight's show, including the latest on a potential trade for New York's Carmelo Anthony, a recap of GM Daryl Morey'...
27 min
1109
Locked on Rockets — July 3 — On the hard cap, a...
In tonight's episode, we celebrate Nene's decision to re-sign for the non-Bird amount (3 years, $11.9M) — which fills Houston's backup center slot while also allowing the Rockets to maintain ample flexibility with the use of their mid-level exception (...
24 min
1110
Locked on Rockets — July 2 — On P.J. Tucker's d...
The Rockets made their first big move of free agency late Saturday night, agreeing to terms with veteran forward (and 3&D specialist) P.J. Tucker on a four-year, $32-million deal. We break down Tucker's fit with the Rockets and also explore how his con...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 1 — Day 1 FA rumors: I...
Ben DuBose recaps a wild Day 1 of free agency for the Rockets, including the latest rumors on Nene, Zhou Qi, Andre Igoudala, Iman Shumpert, and a handful of widely speculated trade targets to fill the elusive "third star" role alongside Chris Paul and ...
40 min
1112
Locked on Rockets — June 30 — Roundtable: On Pa...
In this roundtable episode, Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) and Grayson Skweres (@g_skweres) join Ben to explore the integration of Chris Paul from an Xs and Os perspective, the feasibility of acquiring a third star such as Carmelo Anthony or Paul George...
43 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 29 — Takeaways from th...
With the Chris Paul trade now official, Daryl Morey and Mike D'Antoni met with local media and explained the background of the deal. Ben shares what he learned from the GM and head coach — including why the Rockets made the trade before free agency — a...
37 min
1114
Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Immediate reactio...
The Rockets pulled a stunner on Wednesday by trading for Chris Paul, who opted in for the final year of his existing contract at $24 million. Ben explains why it's a home run for the Rockets, both from the standpoint of adding a future Hall of Famer an...
12 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Why a Ryan Anders...
New rumors from ESPN have the Rockets as an increasingly serious threat for Chris Paul while also remaining in the mix for Paul George. In our latest episode, Ben examines the potential of Daryl Morey's two-part plan and explains why moving Ryan Anders...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 26 — What NBA Awards r...
Several Rockets took home marquee honors at Monday's NBA Awards, including Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, and MVP runner-up James Harden. Meanwhile, Pat Beverley won the league's inaugural Hustle Award and was named...
18 min
1117
Locked on Rockets — June 25 — Scouting reports ...
With the 2017 NBA Draft in the books, hoops researcher Patrick Oxford (@HoopsMetrOX) gives his scouting report on recent additions to the Rockets — including second-round pick Isaiah Hartenstein, undrafted free agent pickup Cameron Oliver, and 2016 sel...
54 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 22 — Draft recap: Hart...
After a week of heavy rumors, nothing major materialized on draft night for Daryl Morey and the Rockets. Ben examines the choice of 19-year-old European big man (and potential stash) Isaiah Hartenstein at pick 43, as well as the trade of pick 45 to pre...
16 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 21 — Morey lands exten...
The rumor mill picked up even more steam Wednesday, with the Rockets remaining linked to Paul George and new reports indicating future interest in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, and Kyle Lowry. We break down the implications of all the news, ...
45 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 20 — Tuesday rumors: B...
With the draft under 48 hours away, transaction rumors are flying — particularly involving always-aggressive GM Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. We break down all of Tuesday's headlines, including local stories on James Harden and Pat Beverley and ...
41 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 19 — What a hypothetic...
ESPN's Brian Windhorst expects the Rockets to be involved in trade discussions for disgruntled Pacers star Paul George, so what might a potential deal look like? Our Ben DuBose gives his early thoughts on possible departures from the Houston side, led ...
24 min
1122
Locked on Rockets — June 18 — Context behind Pa...
Rockets guard Pat Beverley went out of his way Sunday to address recent Chris Paul rumors, and we explain the specifics of how the pursuit of CP3 and other factors related to the league's new CBA make this a key business offseason for him. #Rockets #N...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 16 — Exploring new Chr...
Our latest show examines the Los Angeles Times report that Chris Paul will meet with the Rockets in free agency, followed by an Xs and Os discussion with Paul (@RocketIntellect, interview at 22:05) on the potential basketball fit of CP3 alongside James...
53 min
1124
Locked on Rockets — June 14 — Is Houston a pote...
Adrian Wojnarowski lists the Rockets among the leading suitors for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, and Ben explains why it could be more reasonable scenario for GM Daryl Morey than many may have thought. #Rockets #NBA #Clippers #NBAFreeAg...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 8 — Zhou Qi rumors; MK...
In our latest episode, we examine recent rumors linking China's Zhou Qi with an imminent move to Houston and chat with Rockets beat writer MK Bower (15:08) on the team's broader offseason needs. Among a number of topics, MK and Ben weigh in on whether ...
53 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 1 — Previewing the NBA...
Today's episode previews the NBA Finals from a Rockets perspective, with our case for why a Warriors loss and Cleveland win would each benefit Houston. In closing out the show, Ben explores a handful of recent rumors on free agents and a common fallacy...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 29 — Revisiting the voi...
In the wake of a new David Stern interview rehashing the voided December 2011 trade that would've sent Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Chris Paul to the Lakers, we take a look back and reflect on why Houston is better off now, what Daryl Morey's plan was ...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 25 — Quality over quant...
In today's episode, we explore the many reasons that backup center (and pending free agent) Nene appears likely to return, as well as why that could make the Rockets unlikely to seriously pursue mid-tier options in this summer's free agency. #Rockets ...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 24 — Reaction to the Ch...
Longtime target Chris Bosh appears set to become a free agent, but is it realistic for him to be medically cleared to play? Ben explains why he doubts Bosh ever plays again, but adds that if he somehow does, he thinks the Rockets are a clear frontrunne...
15 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 23 — On internal trade ...
The Rockets enter free agency with ~$11 million in cap room, but could they create even more to go after top-tier options? We examine internal trade candidates to create space, including why players with expiring contracts in 2018 (Trevor Ariza, Lou Wi...
45 min
1131
Locked on Rockets — May 19 — Why GSW's dominanc...
With the Warriors and Cavaliers now 19-0 in the playoffs, we explore how that could be beneficial to Daryl Morey's sales pitch moving forward. In the second half of the show (14:38), NBA TV's Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) joins us to explain his crit...
47 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 16 — Final thoughts on ...
With the benefit of waiting a few days to gain perspective, what did we learn about James Harden this postseason, and what does it mean entering 2017-18? We dissect the flaws behind popular Harden narratives and also examine a few non-Harden storylines...
44 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 12 — Exit interview tak...
In today's show, Ben explores the most interesting tidbits from Friday's exit interviews, including the Rockets' potential search for a No. 2 facilitator after James Harden and Nene's desire to re-sign in Houston. On the second half of the show (18:50)...
48 min
1134
Locked on Rockets — May 11 — Offseason needs co...
The Rockets never recovered from their Game 5 meltdown, losing in a Game 6 rout to the Spurs to end the series (and the season). We break down the downward spiral, including an awful night for James Harden, questions over leadership, and whether the so...
27 min
1135
Locked on Rockets — May 9 — Late-game blunders ...
The Rockets had a golden opportunity in Game 5 to take the road game they needed to knock out the Spurs... and they blew it. We break down the all the failures in late-game execution, with plenty of blame for James Harden and Mike D'Antoni, along with ...
23 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 8 — Exploring immediate...
With the groin injury to 34-year-old backup center Nene now confirmed as season-ending, we examine how his absence could influence matchups with the Spurs and Warriors and why it might not be as significant as some fear. To close out the show, we also ...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 8 — Harden, Gordon pick...
The Rockets tied their second-round series in Sunday night's Game 4 with a huge 125-104 win over the Spurs in Houston. We reflect on all the major storylines, including James Harden's MVP efficiency (28 points, 10-of-18 FG, 12 assists), another ironman...
26 min
1138
Locked on Rockets — May 6 — Popovich's adjustme...
Despite 43 points from James Harden, the Rockets gave back home-court advantage to the Spurs in Friday night's 103-92 loss in Game 3. We break down all the main storylines in our postgame recap, including the re-emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge, the succ...
28 min
1139
Locked on Rockets — May 4 — On adjustments, Ton...
Eric Spyropoulus, Rockets beat writer for HoopsHabit, helps us explore the impact of Tony Parker's series-ending injury, the health of James Harden, and what adjustments Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets need to make before Game 3 on Friday night in Housto...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 3 — Spurs dominate four...
The Spurs outscored the Rockets by 20 points in the fourth quarter, and as a result, the series is tied heading back to Houston. Our show breaks down what went wrong for the Rockets, including an off night for James Harden, subpar rebounding across the...
21 min
1141
Locked on Rockets — May 2 — Healthy Harden, imp...
The Rockets obliterated the Spurs in the first half Monday night, coasting to a crucial road victory in Game 1. We examine all the highlights, including much improved shooting, a healthier James Harden, continued strong defense, and Clint Capela's fine...
19 min
1142
Locked on Rockets — May 1 — Jeff Garcia offers ...
Spurs writer and Locked on Spurs host Jeff Garcia offers his keys to the Rockets-Spurs series from a San Antonio perspective, including why he disagrees with Ben and thinks the Spurs are likely to win the series in six or seven games. #Rockets #NBA #S...
27 min
1143
Locked on Rockets — April 30 — Full Spurs vs. R...
Salman Ali and Forrest Walker of Red Nation Hoops join Ben for a full Spurs-Rockets series preview, with emphasis on Trevor Ariza's defense of Kawhi Leonard, the importance of outside shooting, a role for Sam Dekker, and why James Harden and Clint Cape...
40 min
1144
Locked on Rockets — April 28 — First impression...
With the Spurs now official as Houston's second-round opponent, Ben examines the pros and cons of the matchup and explains why his early prediction is Rockets in 6. Ben also breaks down the history of Mike D'Antoni and Gregg Popovich and explains why m...
30 min
1145
Locked on Rockets — April 27 — Tad Brown on pla...
Rockets CEO Tad Brown joins us for an exclusive interview with his thoughts on the first-round series win, Houston's perception as a destination franchise, efforts to boost fan engagement at Toyota Center, potential changes to game start times, and muc...
27 min
1146
Locked on Rockets — April 26 — On Houston's imp...
On this off-day episode, we examine the long-term importance of Houston's improved perception after the first-round series win, as well as the impact of Calvin Watkins' departure from ESPN on national coverage of the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #NBAPlayoff...
34 min
1147
Locked on Rockets — April 25 — Rockets clinch s...
Mike D'Antoni's three-point happy Rockets were just 6-of-37 from behind the arc, but the team's defense and energy were so strong that it didn't even matter. We break down all the headlines from Houston's series-clinching victory over the Thunder in Ga...
20 min
1148
Locked on Rockets — April 24 — Game 5 preview w...
Oklahoma City beat writer and Locked on Thunder host Fred Katz joins our own Ben DuBose to preview all the Game 5 storylines, including James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook, the dominance of Nene and struggles of Clint Capela, why Steven Adams is underra...
46 min
1149
Locked on Rockets — April 23 — Round 2 in sight...
It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets got the big road win they needed in Game 4 at Oklahoma City to put them within one game of clinching the series and advancing to the second round. We break down all the key storylines, including Nene's massive showing ...
30 min
1150
Locked on Rockets — April 21 — Harden's heroics...
James Harden (44 points, 11-of-21 FG) was phenomenal and the rebounding (42-40 HOU) was better, but it wasn't enough to overcome a second consecutive sluggish start. We break down that and more related to Houston's Game 3 loss in Oklahoma City, includi...
17 min
1151
Locked on Rockets — April 20 — Kelly Scaletta o...
Despite posting a 50-point triple-double, Russell Westbrook's 4-of-18 fourth quarter was a major contributing factor in Oklahoma City's loss to the Rockets in Game 2. FanRag Sports and Bleacher Report columnist Kelly Scaletta helps us break down where ...
39 min
1152
Locked on Rockets — April 19 — Bench production...
Lou Williams and Eric Gordon combined for 43 points on 16-of-28 shooting off the bench, and James Harden (35 points) outdueled Russell Westbrook late as the Rockets grabbed a commanding 2-0 series lead over Oklahoma City. We break those storylines and ...
21 min
1153
Locked on Rockets — April 17 — OKC beat writer ...
The Rockets took Monday off following their 118-87 beatdown of Oklahoma City in Game 1, while the Thunder quickly went back to work. What adjustments might they make? Fred Katz, Oklahoma City beat writer for the Norman Transcript and host of the daily ...
48 min
1154
Locked on Rockets — April 16 — Veteran intensit...
James Harden (37 points) and Pat Beverley (21 points, 10 rebounds) outdueled Russell Westbrook, and the Rockets executed a flawless defensive gameplan in a 118-87 rout of the Thunder in Game 1. We break down how Mike D'Antoni and Jeff Bzdelik's squad d...
18 min
1155
Locked on Rockets — April 14 — Playoff roundtab...
In today's simulcast, Salman Ali and Forrest Walker of Red Nation Hoops join forces with Ben DuBose of Locked on Rockets to break down all angles of the first-round series vs. the Thunder, as well as what Houston fans should take away from the 55-27 se...
51 min
1156
Locked on Rockets — April 13 — Listener Mailbag...
In tonight's episode, we break down the implications of the Houston-Oklahoma City playoff schedule and take questions from listeners on the Xs and Os of the first-round series, a potential X-factor for the Thunder, and the significance of the MVP, Coac...
25 min
1157
Locked on Rockets — April 12 — In playoff tuneu...
The Rockets (55-27) finished out the 2016-17 regular season in style while securing the fourth-best record in franchise history. In tonight's postgame show, we reflect on the importance of the record for the team, as well as individual standouts (James...
15 min
1158
Locked on Rockets — April 11 — Exploring the lo...
In today's episode, we examine what lessons the Rockets (54-27) can take from the Clippers loss, what strategies Mike D'Antoni is likely to employ in Wednesday's regular season finale vs. Minnesota, and the current state of James Harden's MVP candicacy...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — April 9 — Capela, Anderson,...
It didn't count for much in the standings, but the Rockets (54-26) saw several positive developments Sunday night with a 135-128 win in Sacramento. We break down areas that could be encouraging signs for Houston's playoff outlook, including strong retu...
16 min
1160
Locked on Rockets — April 7 — Brian Geltzeiler ...
With Ryan Anderson's return, the Rockets (53-25) now have their playoff rotation in place. What will happen once they're there? Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) of NBATV and SiriusXM joins us (at 9:07) to break down the probable Houston-Oklahoma City pl...
40 min
1161
Locked on Rockets — April 5 — Houston clinches ...
The Rockets officially clinched the West's No. 3 seed on Wednesday night, sparked by the return of the healthy, MVP version of James Harden (31/10/7). We examine how Harden did it, including a run of 14 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter, as...
15 min
1162
Locked on Rockets — April 4 — Calvin Watkins on...
ESPN beat writer Calvin Watkins joins us to review Troy Williams' superb debut with the Rockets, injuries to Sam Dekker and Ryan Anderson, the importance of rest, and the current state of James Harden's MVP campaign. Calvin also breaks down why he's pi...
29 min
1163
Locked on Rockets — April 3 — On Sam Dekker's b...
Despite James Harden and Trevor Ariza sitting out, the Rockets (52-25) snapped their three-game losing streak in Phoenix with a 123-116 win over the Suns. Pat Beverley (26/9/8) and Troy Williams (career-high 6 three-pointers) led the way, but Sam Dekke...
17 min
1164
Locked on Rockets — April 1 — Rough stretch con...
For the first time all season, the Rockets (51-25) have lost three consecutive games. We break down what ailed Houston in Friday's loss to Golden State, including ongoing physical limitations of fatigue and injuries, an awful stretch from Clint Capela,...
22 min
1165
Locked on Rockets — March 31 — Blazers recap; A...
In the aftermath of the 117-107 loss in Portland, we examine another sluggish night from behind the arc (8-of-34) and the latest evidence regarding James Harden's health. On the second half of the show (14:28), hear from an anonymous NBA coach who expl...
22 min
1166
Locked on Rockets — March 28 — Harden's health ...
In tonight's postgame episode, we examine the factors behind the 113-106 loss to the Warriors — including early defensive miscues from the Rockets (51-23), an uncharacteristically awful night from behind the arc (5-of-31), and the ongoing medical issu...
18 min
1167
Locked on Rockets — March 27 — Eric Spyropoulus...
Is Oklahoma City suddenly a favorable playoff matchup for the Rockets? NBA writer Eric Spyropoulus joins us to examine what was different in the fourth and final matchup between the two teams, led by huge production off the bench from Lou Williams (31 ...
30 min
1168
Locked on Rockets — March 26 — How this Thunder...
Led by 31 points off the bench from Lou Williams, Houston (51-22) was much more efficient on offense today vs. Oklahoma City than in the first three meetings. We break down what happened and how Lou changed the offense, as well as why James Harden winn...
18 min
1169
Locked on Rockets — March 25 — Harden's MVP exp...
The Rockets (50-22) had 16 first-half turnovers, but James Harden's latest MVP night (38 points, 17 assists) and better-than-expected toughness inside (59-36 rebounding edge) led Houston to a 117-107 win over New Orleans. In this episode, we examine th...
15 min
1170
Locked on Rockets — March 24 — Salman Ali on th...
As the regular season wraps up and Houston appears set in its No. 3 seed, what's left to look forward to? Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins us to explore the importance of this weekend's nationally-televised Thunder game to James H...
30 min
1171
Locked on Rockets — March 21 — Mailbag on usage...
With the Rockets (49-22) off until Friday, we're resuming our Rockets Mailbag segment. This edition includes questions on the optimal usage for veterans Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon, as well as inquiries on longer-term outlooks for Clint Capela and Tro...
27 min
1172
Locked on Rockets — March 20 — Clutch City? Clo...
For the third time in five games, the Rockets (49-22) won another close one in Monday's 125-124 triumph over Denver. We examine encouraging signs in Houston's crunch-time execution, including winning plays from James Harden, Nene, and Pat Beverley — as...
20 min
1173
Locked on Rockets — March 19 — Harden, Nene dig...
The Rockets (48-22) were exhausted on the second night of a road back-to-back in Denver's high altidude. But led by yet another 40-point triple-double from likely MVP James Harden, they still dug deep and got it done with a 109-105 victory. We examine ...
14 min
1174
Locked on Rockets — March 16 — Kelly Scaletta o...
We break down Houston's massive 139-100 win over the Lakers and their future playoff prospects with Kelly Scaletta, featured columnist for FanRag Sports and Bleacher Report. Kelly examines the Xs and Os of Houston's historic offense and explains why he...
27 min
1175
Locked on Rockets — March 15 — Kyle Wiltjer ana...
As Houston's schedule finally lightens, could some extended bench options earn PT? We catch up with rookie Kyle Wiltjer (interview at 10:13), who explains his development as a rookie, his collegiate background and NCAA bracket picks, and what it's like...
26 min
1176
Locked on Rockets — March 14 — Seth Payne on po...
How relevant was Sunday night's statement win for the Rockets (46-21), both from a confidence perspective and James Harden's MVP campaign? We break it all down with Seth Payne, the morning host for Houston's SportsRadio 610 and a former Houston Texans ...
28 min
1177
Locked on Rockets — March 13 — Wedge effect: Wh...
Most Houston fans think James Harden deserves the NBA's 2016-17 MVP, but WILL he actually win it? On an off day for the Rockets, Ben dives into the numbers and explains why he thinks the odds are strongly in Harden's favor to bring home the award. #Ro...
19 min
1178
Locked on Rockets — March 12 — King James? Hard...
In a possible MVP coronation for James Harden (38 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds), the Rockets (46-21) came up with one of their biggest wins of the season. Despite going down 14 early against LeBron James and the defending champs, the Rockets showed ...
15 min
1179
Locked on Rockets — March 11 — On the Chicago b...
The Rockets (45-21) snapped their two-game losing streak in a big way in Friday's blowout in Chicago, led by Ryan Anderson's brilliant return from injury (21 points, 6-of-12 on 3s) and a suffocating defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters (when Chicago sco...
21 min
1180
Locked on Rockets — March 10 — Roster moves (Wi...
In today's show, we examine Houston's recent wave of roster moves, led by the promotion of power forward Kyle Wiltjer to the active roster and the signing of swingman Troy Williams to a 10-day contract. We also catch up with play-by-play broadcaster Cr...
32 min
1181
Locked on Rockets — March 8 — Matchup problems ...
James Harden had 35 points and the Utah Jazz were down two starters, but it still wasn't enough as Houston (44-21) lost its second consecutive game. Why are the Jazz (41-24) such a matchup problem? We examine the game plan implemented by Quin Snyder to...
16 min
1182
Locked on Rockets — March 7 — Officiating blund...
The Rockets (44-20) lost a tough one in San Antonio on Monday night, falling 112-110 to the Spurs despite grabbing an early 16-point lead. We examine both the pros and the cons, including James Harden's incredible efficiency (39 points, 12 assists, 13-...
21 min
1183
Locked on Rockets — March 6 — Previewing the Sp...
The Spurs are the only Western Conference playoff team that Houston has a losing record against (1-2), and they're also a likely Round 2 playoff opponent. So what can the Rockets do to turn the tables in the fourth and final regular season game between...
23 min
1184
Locked on Rockets — March 5 — Harden's MVP effi...
The Rockets (44-19) took care of business in a big way on Saturday vs. Memphis. We look at the factors behind the win, including outstanding efficiency from James Harden and Eric Gordon (12-of-19 from 3) and strong performances inside from Clint Capela...
24 min
1185
Locked on Rockets — March 3 — Statement win? ES...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins joins us to break down the Rockets' big win over the Clippers, led by improved rebounding at center from Clint Capela/Nene and a massive game from Pat Beverley. We also touch base will Calvin on James Harden's MVP campaign, the la...
19 min
1186
Locked on Rockets — March 1 — Houston shows ext...
The Rockets (43-19) responded to the adversity of Monday's loss with perhaps their best showing of the entire season, routing the Clippers 122-103 in Los Angeles. James Harden (7-of-15 FG, 26 points) was more efficient, while Pat Beverley's heart (12 r...
21 min
1187
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 28 — Rebounding woes, ...
The Rockets (42-19) were beaten badly on the boards for a second straight game, and this time they didn't have the offensive firepower to bail them out — leading to a stunning 117-108 home loss to the Pacers. We look at the top reasons for the defeat, ...
28 min
1188
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 27 — Buyout update: On...
With Houston signing rookie guard Isaiah Taylor to one of its open roster spots, we explain why Daryl Morey bypassed the veteran route to go young there — as well as what veterans are realistic possibilities (Andrew Bogut? Luis Scola? Derrick Rose? Lar...
15 min
1189
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 26 — T-Wolves recap, D...
The Rockets (42-18) gave up 130 points, but they still beat Minnesota by double digits thanks to an offense that scored a season-high 142. With that in mind, is Houston now the best offensive team in the NBA? Utah Jazz play-by-play broadcaster David Lo...
25 min
1190
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 24 — Lou Williams shi...
Just two hours before tip, Lou Williams wasn't expected to play. He then ended up with a team-high 27 points (with a career-high 7 threes) in a 30-point win for the Rockets (41-18) in New Orleans. Ben breaks down a fantastic debut for Williams along wi...
17 min
1191
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 23 — Deadline recap: B...
It was yet another busy trade deadline day for Daryl Morey, who shipped out K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis to boost Houston's available cap room for buyout targets in the days ahead. We take a look at potential candidates, headlined by Andrew Bogut, an...
20 min
1192
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 22 — Dave Hardisty bre...
With the trade deadline looming Thursday afternoon and buyouts shortly thereafter, what more could Daryl Morey and the Rockets do? David Hardisty (@clutchfans) joins us with his thoughts on the Lou Williams trade, Houston's improved perception as a des...
32 min
1193
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 21 — Lou Williams trad...
The Comeback's Shlomo Sprung joins Ben to help break down the shocking trade of Lakers guard Lou Williams to the Rockets, including his seamless fit in Mike D'Antoni's system, his role in the rotation, and the value of the deal for GM Daryl Morey. #Ro...
22 min
1194
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 20 — What the DeMarcus...
What does the stunning trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans mean for the Rockets? We examine all the angles, including why Daryl Morey wasn't more aggressive in talks with the Kings and the implications of the Cousins-Anthony Davis tan...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 19 — On preferred play...
What playoff matchups are most advantageous for the Rockets, and what conclusions can we draw from Eric Gordon's triumph in Saturday's three-point contest? Ben offers his takeaways, including a breakdown of how Memphis, Oklahoma City, Utah, and the Los...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 16 — Film Study: Aly B...
Are bigger, athletic teams like Hassan Whiteside's Miami Heat a matchup problem for the Rockets (40-18)? Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins us for his regular "film study" segment with analysis, including a look at Houston's recent tendency to go stag...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 15 — Heat's energy, re...
The Miami Heat (25-32) entered the game as one of the league's worst offensive teams, but they outmuscled and outhustled the Rockets (40-18) at Toyota Center, scoring a whopping 117 points in their 117-109 victory. James Harden (38 points, 12 rebounds,...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 14 — Exploring the po...
The Rockets (40-17) didn't land Serge Ibaka, so what does that tell us about their approach to the trade deadline? We explore the likely factors behind Daryl Morey not getting a deal done, led by a focus on long-term cap ramifications, and what that me...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 13 — Brie Hodenfield o...
With the Rockets off, we catch up with "Rocket Girl" super fan Brie Hodenfield (@00rocketgirl) and learn all about her latest line of Rockets-themed Valentine's Day cards. Brie also gives her take on the Rockets' rapid improvement on the floor, as well...
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 12 — Latest rout confi...
Five wins in six games, including four in a row. Two of the last three by 20+ points. It seems clear the Rockets (40-17), now 5 games up for the West's No. 3 seed, are back in peak form. In the aftermath of a 133-102 drubbing of the Suns, we examine ho...
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