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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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Matt Moore on Houston's Game 1 loss, officiating
James Harden and Eric Gordon combined for 62, but Houston dropped a winnable Game 1 at Golden State, 104-100. Matt Moore joins Ben to discuss what the close margin indicates moving forward, along with other problems (Clint Capela, officiating).
30 min
202
Takeaways for Houston from Warriors vs. Clippers
Thursday's show looks at the extended series between the Warriors and Clippers heading into Friday's Game 6, and what the likely ramifications are for Houston (who awaits the winner). We also explore lessons to be learned from Damian Lillard and Portland.
36 min
203
Clamp City! Rockets lock up Jazz in Game 5 clin...
James Harden (26/6/6) played through an early shooting slump, Clint Capela (16/10) fought through illness, and Houston collectively had 12 steals and 12 blocks in a gritty 100-93 win over Utah in Game 5. Our recap explores what we learned from the series.
37 min
204
Game 4: Capela's illness, bench woes prevent sweep
With Clint Capela (1/7 FG) ill, Houston went from +4 in rebounding to -17 in a Game 4 loss. Roosh Williams helps Ben break down that and other key themes, including depth (5 bench points); 8 James Harden turnovers; and urgency to end the series in Game 5.
34 min
205
Game 3: Harden's perseverance launches Houston ...
James Harden (22/10) overcame an 0/15 start to deliver 14 late points in a 104-101 Game 3 win. Karthik Prasad joins Ben to break down Houston’s poise facing adversity; clutch play by Chris Paul (18) and PJ Tucker (12/10); key bench impacts; and much more.
38 min
206
Game 3 preview: Why is Houston an underdog?
Should the Rockets (2-0) really be underdogs entering Saturday's Game 3 in Utah? Thursday’s show explores the shaky logic there and also what adjustments the Jazz can make to turn the tide after Houston won the first two games by an average of 26 points.
37 min
207
Take note, NBA: Harden, shooters lead second rout
Houston took a 2-0 series lead with a 118-98 rout of Utah in Game 2. Our recap hits the highlights, led by James Harden’s MVP form (32/13/10); Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker (7/13 on 3s) staying hot; and more elite D by CP3, Capela, and the supporting cast.
39 min
208
On Golden State's new concerns and other West p...
With Boogie Cousins likely out for the postseason and the Warriors in a 1-1 tie with the Clippers after blowing a 31-point lead in Game 2, Tuesday's show explores the ripple effects to Houston from the rest of the West playoff bracket.
37 min
209
Game 2 preview: Exploring Utah's potential adju...
After a 32-point beatdown, what can Utah change for Game 2? Matt Cardenas and Ben talk adjustments, led by defensive strategy on James Harden (29/10). Other topics include D’Antoni’s playoff rotation and how Houston slowed Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles.
34 min
210
Game 1: Jazz silenced by Harden, CP3, swarming ...
James Harden (29/10/8) and Chris Paul (14/7) each played like stars, and Houston’s resurgent defense again held Utah below its norms in a 122-90 blowout. Monday’s recap explores the key takeaways from Game 1 and what it means for Wednesday’s Game 2.
41 min
211
Behind enemy lines: David Locke on Jazz series ...
Utah broadcaster David Locke joins Ben on Friday’s show to preview the Round 1 series with the Jazz and Rockets. Topics include whether Utah has enough offense; how their defense forces Houston out of its comfort zones; and Chris Paul as a key variable.
35 min
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Bobby Brown on Harden and CP3, the Utah matchup...
Former Rockets guard Bobby Brown (11:00) joins Thursday's show to discuss his past year; relationships with old teammates; early thoughts on the Utah series and the Warriors possibility in Round 2; and the evolution of friends James Harden and Chris Paul.
34 min
213
RECAP: Shocking collapse at OKC likely costs To...
Houston (53-29) led by 14 late at OKC with the No. 2 seed in their grasp, then let it all slip away. The No. 4 seed is now likely, with GSW waiting if they advance. Wednesday’s recap explores what went wrong, led by another offensive lull in a key spot.
39 min
214
What to watch for: Playoff race guide entering ...
Monday’s show explores the playoff landscape for the now third-seeded Rockets (53-28) entering the regular season’s final two days, including pivotal games to watch for if Houston wins at OKC and if Houston loses. Ben also touches on keys to the game.
38 min
215
Suns scorched: Gordon, Capela exploit Harden's ...
The Suns trapped MVP James Harden (30/13/9) all night, and Eric Gordon (8/13 on 3s), Clint Capela (22/13), and others made them pay as Houston (53-28) won its 20th of 23 games. Sunday's show recaps the game and the playoff race with only two days left.
39 min
216
RECAP: Rockets crush Knicks, playoff update
Led by James Harden (26/8/8) and Chris Paul (11/10, +34), Houston (52-28) obliterated the Knicks to win its 19th of 22 games. Saturday’s show recaps what we learned and examines the playoff race after Friday’s key results, including Denver over Portland.
31 min
217
Round 1 preview? Rockets show contending chops ...
LA-based Roosh Williams joins Ben on Thursday to dissect the 135-103 rout of the Clippers. Topics include peak efficiency from Harden, CP3, Gordon, and Capela (all 50%+ FG), and if the 2019 Rockets (51-28, 18-3 in last 21) have more upside than in 2018.
36 min
218
RECAP: Harden, Gordon, bench spark Sacramento rout
James Harden (36/10, 63% FG) led the way, Eric Gordon (50% on 3s) stayed hot, and Kenneth Faried (12/11) and Danuel House (19) brought bench energy as Houston (50-28) won its 17th of 20 with a 130-105 rout in Sacramento. Our recap explores the impact.
25 min
219
Ackerman on the Kings, Clips, and preferred pla...
Voice of the Rockets Craig Ackerman joins Tuesday’s show to preview the Kings-Clippers road trip, as well as Houston’s preferred playoff matchups and individual storylines to watch (including Eric Gordon, CP3, and Harden’s MVP bid) over the final 5 games.
31 min
220
RECAP: Crown him! Harden's 50-point triple-doub...
James Harden (50/11/10) took over late as Houston (49-28) won its 16th of 19 games in Saturday's 119-108 victory over Sacramento. Our recap breaks down Harden’s final MVP push; elite Q4 defense (15 points); and Clint Capela (24/15) again feasting inside.
34 min
221
On the MVP Race, Playoff Seedings, and Summer P...
What's the end result of the James Harden vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP race, and how much does playoff seeding mean? Saturday’s chat with Matt Hammond explores that and more, including what to watch for over the final 10 days, the postseason, and beyond.
37 min
222
Rockets resume dominance of Denver behind Capel...
Clint Capela (17/15) and Austin Rivers (+34!!) feasted in the first half, and MVP James Harden (38/6) took over in the second as Houston (48-28) beat Denver (50-24) for a 10th time in 11 games. Friday's recap breaks down what we learned and what it means.
34 min
223
Denver preview and playoff seedings outlook
Thursday's show explores the psychological importance of the Rockets (47-28) vs. Nuggets (50-23) showdown, as well as standings benchmarks to watch for as Houston tries to secure a Top 4, Top 3, or even Top 2 postseason seed over the final seven games.
31 min
224
On subpar shooting in Milwaukee and Nurkic ripp...
MVP candidates James Harden (23/10/7) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (19/14) battled to a near draw, but Milwaukee (56-19) had a deeper supporting cast as Houston’s Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker combined for 3 points on 1/16 shooting in Tuesday's 108-94 loss.
35 min
225
Big Easy! Gordon, Harden lead road romp for 14t...
Eric Gordon (6/11 on 3s) returned to his blistering March form, James Harden (28 points, 6/12 on 3s) stayed hot, and an efficient supporting cast (Tucker, Capela) added enough support as Houston (47-27) cruised in New Orleans to win its 14th game of 16.
31 min
226
RECAP: Houston rallies past SA as Harden scores...
MVP James Harden (61) tied his personal and franchise scoring high as Houston (46-27) rallied late to beat San Antonio (42-31). Saturday’s show recaps his exploits and more, including clutch defensive plays by Tucker and Capela and another rotation tweak.
35 min
227
Weekly review: On playoff seeding, rest, House,...
In Friday's show, Karthik Prasad joins Ben DuBose for a roundtable chat. Topics include the frustrating rest strategy; James Harden's MVP bid; Clint Capela's inconsistent play; resolving the Danuel House contract standoff; playoff seeding; and more.
30 min
228
RECAP: Grizzlies stun Rockets as Valančiūnas ou...
Despite 57 points by MVP James Harden, Houston (45-27) lost for just the 2nd time in 14 games in a 126-125 OT loss at Memphis. Wednesday's recap analyzes the flaws, starting with Jonas Valančiūnas (33/15) outplaying Clint Capela and a -12 rebounding gap.
36 min
229
12 of 13: Capela, House support stars in blowou...
Clint Capela (26/11) broke 20 in the first half, Danuel House (19, +20) made six 3s, and MVP James Harden (31/10/8) and Chris Paul (13/11) did what stars do as Houston (45-26) cruised to a win at Atlanta on Tuesday. Our recap explores the key takeaways.
31 min
230
Capela, bench, rested CP3 spark win over Minnesota
Chris Paul (25/10/7, 6/7 on 3s) returned rested and Clint Capela (20/13) had success vs. Karl-Anthony Towns as Houston (44-26) routed Minnesota to win their 11th game of 12. Sunday's recap breaks it all down, including key bench performances by Danuel House (14/7) and Iman Shumpert.
35 min
231
Suns cooled by House's return, Harden's two-way...
James Harden made up for Chris Paul’s absence (rest) as Houston won its 10th game of 11. Friday’s show recaps a close win vs. Phoenix, led by strong two-way play by Harden (41/11); a successful return by Danuel House (18); and cold shooting (11/40 on 3s).
32 min
232
Cousins outduels Capela as Warriors salvage fin...
DeMarcus Cousins (27/8/7) had his best game as a Warrior and outplayed Clint Capela as Houston’s 9-game winning streak ended in a 106-104 loss. Thursday’s show breaks it down, including what it means, how to fix it, and why the No. 1 race is likely over.
37 min
233
House returns, and what Rockets vs. Warriors me...
Wednesday’s show explores Danuel House’s looming return and previews the last regular-season clash between the Rockets (42-25) and Warriors (45-21). Topics include game keys, a seeding breakdown, and why the “statement” angle only applies to Golden State.
41 min
234
Nine straight! Capela, Gordon swarm Hornets as ...
Clint Capela (19/15) owned the glass, Eric Gordon (22, 50% FG) stayed hot, Kenneth Faried (16/9) came back healthy, and James Harden (28/10) and Chris Paul (10/10) returned to form as Houston (42-25) took its 9th straight in a 118-106 win over Charlotte.
33 min
235
Houston puts D in Dallas as Rockets win 8th str...
Houston (41-25) took its 8th straight game with a rare combo of defense and Eric Gordon (26) in a 94-93 win at Dallas. Recap topics include how they’ve held 3 straight teams below 100 and why James Harden and CP3’s struggles (25% FG) aren't too troubling.
32 min
236
RECAP: Seven straight! Sixers swarmed by Harden...
Houston (40-25) won its 7th straight and again over a contender in Friday’s 107-91 beatdown of Philly. Our recap hits the highlights, led by tough defense; strong games by Harden (31/10) and Clint Capela (18/9); and Eric Gordon’s resurgence (5/9 on 3s).
30 min
237
On the Faried, Shumpert injuries and House's co...
Friday's show explores news and notes on off-court items, including injuries to Kenneth Faried (adductor strain) and Iman Shumpert (knee, calf); the ongoing contract stalemate with Danuel House Jr.; and how Shumpert and House's situations are intertwined.
34 min
238
Matt Thomas on the streak, Harden's MVP exploit...
Home PA and road radio play-by-play voice Matt Thomas joins Thursday’s show. Topics include the six-game streak; James Harden’s MVP case; improved play by Chris Paul and the bench; and whether Kenneth Faried or Austin Rivers is a higher priority to keep.
31 min
239
Six-pack: Streak continues in Toronto with defe...
Six in a row! Houston (39-25) became the West’s No. 3 after a statement win Tuesday at Toronto (46-19). Our recap breaks it down, led by James Harden’s MVP heroics (19 points in 4th); defensive improvements; and physicality by Clint Capela (15 rebounds).
32 min
240
RECAP: Harden, Gordon launch Rockets in Boston
James Harden (42) and Eric Gordon (32) hit 14 3s as Houston (38-25) won its 5th straight with a big win at Boston. Our recap explores Harden finally solving Boston’s defense; EG’s role as a key variable; and soaring confidence after another “upside win.”
35 min
241
Houston rallies past Miami behind Harden's 58, ...
Despite spotty defense, Houston (37-25) overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half in Thursday's win vs. Miami, led by 58 points from MVP James Harden and resurgent performances from Austin Rivers (17 points, 7/8 FG) and Gary Clark (14/5, 56% FG).
38 min
242
Bijani on bigger lineups, Harden's 3-point slum...
The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani joins Ben DuBose to discuss Mike D'Antoni's bigger starting lineup (Tucker-Faried-Capela); the slump by James Harden on 3s (2-of-20 vs. Lakers, Hawks); and the resurgence of Chris Paul (averaging 22/11 since All-Star break).
30 min
243
RECAP: Harden's streak ends, but CP3 leads anot...
The 30+ point run for James Harden (28) ended at 32 games, but Houston (35-25) still got a needed win vs. Atlanta. Tuesday's show recaps Harden's off night (7/21 FG); a lineup change (Tucker, Faried, Capela); and more elite play by Chris Paul (20/8/6).
33 min
244
In relative defense of Tilman Fertitta
Monday's show pushes back on “cheap” narratives around owner Tilman Fertitta, as Ben explains how recent moves at the trade deadline (Iman Shumpert) and in buyout season (Markieff Morris, Danuel House) were dictated by factors beyond willingness to spend.
35 min
245
RECAP: Playoff CP3 returns as bigger, Harden-le...
Sunday's show celebrates a stunner without James Harden at Golden State. Topics include Chris Paul (23/17) showing elite playoff form; success by a big frontcourt of Faried (20/10), Tucker (18/10), and Capela (8/15); and the value of another “upside win.”
34 min
246
Shooting woes, Scott Foster headline bad loss i...
Friday's show breaks down Houston’s collapse in Los Angeles. Topics include shooting concerns (12/41 on 3s); more nonsense from referee Scott Foster (Lakers 17, Rockets 0 on FTs in final 20 minutes); and the signings of Chris Chiozza and Terrence Jones.
39 min
247
Injury updates for Capela and Shumpert, and the...
Wednesday's show explores the return of starting center Clint Capela (thumb) to the lineup and the unexpected absence for at least two games by wing Iman Shumpert (knee), including the role of Thursday's signings in potentially filling Shumpert's minutes.
23 min
248
On Fertitta's interview, Thursday contract upda...
Tuesday's show explores a new interview with owner Tilman Fertitta on Houston’s roster and luxury-tax strategy; how both required roster additions by Thursday could be on 10-day contracts; and why recent gossip over James Harden's happiness is overblown.
32 min
249
Former NBA scout on Harden, Paul, and playoff p...
Former NBA scout Bryan Oringher analyzes the Rockets from a scout’s perspective. Topics include differences in how teams perceive James Harden and Chris Paul relative to narratives; what Houston might look like when healthy; and areas for roster upgrades.
29 min
250
On Morris choosing OKC, and what options are left
Friday's show explores the reasoning and ripple effects of big man Markieff Morris picking Oklahoma City over Houston after securing his buyout. Topics include why Morris chose OKC; what happens next; and whether the road could lead back to Danuel House.
33 min
251
RECAP: Harden's historic 42 not enough as Wolve...
MVP James Harden (42/6) now owns the NBA’s second-longest streak of 30+ point games at 31, but familiar follies of defense and rebounding (-10) without Clint Capela were present again in Minnesota as Houston lost its last game before the All-Star break.
34 min
252
RECAP: Harden's streak lives as balanced effort...
James Harden came alive late to push his 30+ point streak to 30, while Chris Paul (17/11) and Kenneth Faried (17/8) were solid throughout as Houston bounced back from a bad loss to OKC to beat Dallas. Monday's show also explores Markieff Morris chatter.
33 min
253
RECAP: Defense, rebounding woes headline costly...
Sunday's show recaps a costly 117-112 loss to the Thunder (36-19) in which Houston (32-23) blew a 26-point lead. Topics include more rebounding woes (53-39) minus Capela; OKC’s Paul George (45/11) taking over; and Chris Paul’s big night (18/10/9, +10).
36 min
254
RECAP: On trade deadline moves and the romp at ...
Thursday's show explores both a statement win at Sacramento, led by James Harden (36 points, 8/13 on 3s), Gerald Green (25), and Eric Gordon (20), and the statements made with deadline deals such as shedding James Ennis following the Iman Shumpert trade.
39 min
255
Early reaction to the Iman Shumpert, Nik Stausk...
Ben DuBose and Karthik Prasad break down Houston’s acquisition of Iman Shumpert (and more) for Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, and draft picks. Topics include a defensive upgrade, the long-term financial strategy, and whether more moves occur this week.
32 min
256
Final Trade Deadline Preview
Ben previews Thursday’s trade deadline for Houston, with a look at team needs (defense, rebounding); potential assets Daryl Morey might have to give up (draft picks, Brandon Knight’s contract); and why buyout candidates may play a role in trade activity.
34 min
257
RECAP: Streaks continue for Harden, Faried in r...
Monday's show breaks down the 118-110 win in Phoenix. Topics include the ongoing 30-point streak for James Harden (44/8/6); a fifth double-double in six games for Kenneth Faried (17/14); and why it's too early to worry about Eric Gordon’s absence (knee).
29 min
258
Harden's two-way show leads Rockets to massive ...
Night two of a road back-to-back, at altitude, and without CP3 (rest) and Clint Capela? No problem when you have James Harden (43/12, 6 steals, 4 blocks). Saturday's recap breaks down the MVP's heroics and the significance of breaking the two-game slide.
32 min
259
On the Denver loss and DeAndre Jordan, Wes Matt...
The 30-point streak for James Harden (30/9) reached 25 games, but Houston's defense was woeful in a 136-122 loss at Denver (36-15). Saturday's show recaps the game and more, including reports of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews as potential buyout options.
34 min
260
On next week's trade deadline and Danuel House Jr.
Thursday's off-day episode explores new reports on the Rockets' confidence in making a trade (JaMychal Green?) by the February 7 deadline, along with an update on where things stand in negotiations with Danuel House Jr.
35 min
261
RECAP: Rockets fall flat in lifeless loss to un...
The 30-point streak for James Harden reached 24, but not much else went right for Houston (29-21) in a bad home loss to New Orleans without AD. Tuesday’s recap breaks it down, including more first-half lethargy on D and the absence of a secondary scorer.
30 min
262
What the Anthony Davis trade request means for ...
Monday’s show explores what Anthony Davis asking out of New Orleans means for the Rockets. Themes include the difficulty of a trade bringing AD to Houston; why the Lakers are the worst-case destination for Houston; and why an LA deal is unlikely for now.
34 min
263
Magic Act: Harden breaks 40 again, CP3 makes he...
James Harden broke 40 for the 18th time and Chris Paul made a healthy return as Houston (29-20) overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Orlando. Our recap hits the highlights, including why home wins and guard efficiency are essential without Clint Capela.
34 min
264
RECAP: Harden, Faried star as gritty Rockets ro...
The Rockets (28-20) won for the 4th time in 6 games without Clint Capela and beat another heavyweight in Friday's win over Toronto (36-15). Our recap breaks it down, led by James Harden (35/7), Kenneth Faried (21/14), and the importance of “upside wins.”
33 min
265
RECAP: Harden puts on record show at MSG with 61
James Harden (61/15) starred at storied Madison Square Garden as Houston (27-20) overcame an early 13-point deficit to win. Our recap hits the highlights, including more MVP brilliance; clutch play from Eric Gordon (20); and baffling lapses by PJ Tucker.
28 min
266
RECAP: Capela's absence, regression by shooters...
Without Clint Capela, Houston had no answer Monday for Joel Embiid (32/14) in a 121-93 loss at Philly. Our show explores what went wrong, including no rim protection, off nights by Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon (2/18 FG), and James Ennis (-21) regressing.
33 min
267
RECAP: Gordon reinforces Harden in thrilling co...
James Harden's usual brilliance (48) was backed by Eric Gordon’s return (30 points, 50% on 3s) as Houston (26-19) overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Lakers. Sunday’s recap celebrates that two and more, including James Ennis (18) as an unsung hero.
33 min
268
Why Kenneth Faried makes sense for Houston
Saturday's show explores the fit of the Rockets and Kenneth Faried, who is headed to Houston after securing his buyout from Brooklyn. Ben explains why he views it as a win for both sides, especially with more minutes available after Clint Capela's injury.
31 min
269
Kelly Scaletta on James Harden's legendary and ...
Is James Harden having the greatest offensive run ever? Kelly Scaletta of The Basketball Writers joins Ben to explain why he believes it's possible, starting with a streak of 18 games in which the reigning MVP has been responsible for 50+ Houston points.
32 min
270
Alykhan Bijani on the Xs and Os of life without...
The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) explains strategies the Rockets may utilize in the weeks ahead to compensate for Clint Capela's injury absence, including smaller lineups, more switching, and the role of Gary Clark's emergence.
31 min
271
RECAP: Harden's 58 for naught in stunning colla...
James Harden (58) made more history, Eric Gordon returned from an 8-game absence with 20 points (6/11 FG, +20)... and it was all for naught. Wednesday's recap breaks down the gut punch of blowing big leads late in regulation AND overtime vs. Brooklyn.
27 min
272
On the Danuel House Jr. contract standoff
Tuesday's show explores motivations for both the Rockets and Danuel House Jr. in the forward’s contract standoff, which could force him to miss games starting Wednesday vs. Brooklyn. Ben also examines compromise scenarios that could lead to a resolution.
31 min
273
On Harden's epic night vs. Memphis and Capela's...
Monday's show explores the significance of a projected 4-to-6 absence for starting center Clint Capela (thumb injury) and recaps the 112-94 home victory by Houston (25-18) over Memphis (19-24), led by a season-best 57 points from MVP James Harden.
39 min
274
RECAP: Harden's 3-point magic runs out in Orlando
James Harden (38/12/9) was good, but his 3-point shot deserted him (1/17) in a collapse at Orlando. Sunday’s recap explores whether the MVP’s workload is catching up with him and if Austin Rivers’ presence (25) could allow Morey to focus on adding a big.
32 min
275
RECAP: Harden leads rout over Cavs as minutes s...
James Harden (43/12/10) was in MVP form vs. Cleveland on Friday as Houston (24-17) won for the 13th time in 16 games. Our recap hits the highlights at the season’s halfway point, led by Harden and PJ Tucker’s reduced minutes and Gary Clark’s resurgence.
31 min
276
On CP3 and Gordon's injuries, House's contract,...
Friday's mailbag show addresses listener questions. Topics include the latest on injuries to Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee); the status of Danuel House's contract; and potential buyout targets for Houston if they want another big.
34 min
277
RECAP: Bucks dominate second half in potential ...
MVP leaders Giannis Antetokounmpo (27/21) and James Harden (42/10/6) were brilliant, but it was Milwaukee's collective length and Houston's injury absences (CP3, Gordon) that mattered most Wednesday. Our recap breaks down key themes from a 116-109 loss.
30 min
278
RECAP: Harden, Capela, shooters continue master...
The Rockets (23-16) defeated top-seeded Denver on Monday for their 12th win of 14. Our recap breaks it down, including brilliance by James Harden (32/14) and Clint Capela (31/9) and great shooting with 22 made 3s. The show also explores the MCW trade.
32 min
279
David Weiner on the Portland loss and potential...
James Harden’s 40-point streak finally ended (38/7), and so did the Rockets' 6-game win streak in Saturday’s loss at Portland. Cap guru David Weiner (@BimaThug) joins Ben to discuss that game and much more, including a potential roster move on Monday.
32 min
280
Could Houston match up better with Golden State...
Friday's show explores where the 2019 Rockets might be better off vs. Golden State than in 2018, including the additions of Austin Rivers and Danuel House and growth by Clint Capela and James Harden. Ben also addresses the KD officiating controversy.
39 min
281
RECAP: Harden stuns Warriors in dramatic rally ...
Without CP3 and Eric Gordon, MVP James Harden (44/15/10) delivered the best performance of his Hall of Fame career in Thursday's 135-134 win at Golden State. Our recap breaks it down, including Clint Capela’s emergence (29/21) as a threat in this matchup.
27 min
282
Hunter Atkins on the fit and back story of Aust...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins discusses his feature on newbie Austin Rivers, and why he’s so intriguing as both a player and person. With CP3 and Eric Gordon out, Ben and Hunter explain why the Rockets and James Harden need Rivers in a big way.
37 min
283
Ackerman on the streak, Harden's MVP push, and ...
Craig Ackerman joins Ben to discuss the current 5-game winning streak (10 of 11); the MVP push from James Harden (four straight 40+ point games); when he felt the season had turned; the emergence of Danuel House Jr.; and keys to winning at Golden State.
32 min
284
New Year, same Harden: Historic run continues v...
James Harden (43/13/10) continued his ridiculous run, Clint Capela (19/13) controlled the glass vs. Marc Gasol, and Gerald Green and Danuel House hit 10 of 17 on 3s as the Rockets (21-15) won for the 10th time in 11 games on New Year’s Eve vs. Memphis.
35 min
285
RECAP: Gordon supplements Harden's brilliance a...
The Rockets (20-15) won their 4th straight and 9th of 10 with a 108-104 victory at New Orleans. Highlights include another 40+ point game by James Harden; a rare efficient night from Eric Gordon (9/14 FG); and the need for reinforcements like James Ennis.
33 min
286
On the Bazemore rumor and rotation changes when...
Friday's show answers listener questions regarding the looming returns of James Ennis and Chris Paul (hamstrings) and what each could mean for the Rockets’ rotation, as well as Ben's response to a trade rumor linking Houston to Atlanta's Kent Bazemore.
38 min
287
RECAP: Legendary Harden run boosted by bigs, be...
James Harden (45/6) scored 40+ for an eighth time, Austin Rivers and Nene led a revitalized bench, and Clint Capela (24/18) continued his rebounding surge as Houston (19-15) won for the eighth time in nine games with a 127-113 victory over Boston (20-14).
34 min
288
Merry Christmas! Harden, Capela, Rivers roll Th...
James Harden (41/7) was in MVP form, Clint Capela had 23 rebounds vs. old nemesis Steven Adams, and newcomer Austin Rivers hit two dagger 3s late while defending Russell Westbrook (6/20 FG, 6 TOs) — leading Houston (18-15) to a statement win on Christmas.
34 min
289
Harden, rebounding work spurs first win without...
Sunday's show recaps the 108-101 win over the rival Spurs. Topics include brilliance by Harden (39/10) in the clutch; better rebounding from Capela (23) and Tucker (16); and D’Antoni’s willingness to trust new pieces (Gary Clark, +9) during CP3’s absence.
32 min
290
CP3 goes down as 5-game streak ends in Miami
Friday's show recaps the 101-99 loss in Miami, which snapped a 5-game winning streak. Topics include inefficiency by James Harden (7/23) and Eric Gordon (6/17), more bad rebounding (62-41), and why Chris Paul's hamstring injury may require a roster move.
31 min
291
High Five! Streak continues with 3-point barrag...
Thursday's show recaps a record 26 made 3s vs. Washington in Houston’s fifth straight win. Topics include how CP3 and Eric Gordon (50%+ shooting) finally supplemented James Harden (35/9); what the roadmap to success is; and thoughts on Ariza's return.
34 min
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On Harden's historic run, CP3's inefficiency, d...
In Tuesday’s show, NBA writer Nekias Duncan helps Ben analyze James Harden's historic run; CP3’s inefficiency; why to drop Capela instead of switch; what to do with Zhou Qi's roster spot (Austin Rivers?); and what to watch for vs. Washington and Miami.
27 min
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Four, the Harden way: MVP's dominance vs. Utah ...
Player of the Week and reigning MVP James Harden (47 points) was ridiculous yet again in a 102-97 win Monday over Utah, pushing Houston's winning streak to four. The question is, with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon struggling: Does he have enough help?
29 min
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RECAP: Three straight! Harden, Capela, Green le...
Houston won its 3rd straight game Saturday in Memphis, led by another James Harden triple-double (32/12/10). Our recap explores Harden’s historic play and more, including Clint Capela's interior presence (26/10) and Gerald Green’s torrid run (4/4 on 3s).
31 min
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On trade season opening + Harden officiating co...
Today’s show explores the unofficial opening of "trade season,” including why Houston shouldn’t have any imminent major moves but could make minor deals with MCW and/or Carmelo. Ben also explains why Friday’s Harden officiating controversy is a non-story.
34 min
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RECAP: King James? Harden bests LeBron as Houst...
Thursday's show recaps a 126-111 win over LeBron's Lakers, led by a historic 50-point triple-double by James Harden; another night of big bench showings from Danuel House, Nene, and Gerald Green, and why beating good teams like LA shows Houston's upside.
35 min
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RECAP: Bench ignites crucial rally vs. Portland...
Houston snapped its 3-game slide Tuesday with a home win vs. Portland. Our recap explores key bench efforts from Nene, Gerald Green, and Danuel House; reduced turnovers by Chris Paul (1) and James Harden (2); and another hamstring strain for James Ennis.
32 min
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On starting Eric Gordon, Knight's looming retur...
Monday's off-day show analyzes new reports on Eric Gordon's likely promotion to the Houston starting lineup; the seemingly imminent return of guard Brandon Knight; and trade rumors linking the Rockets to JR Smith and the Lakers to ex-Rocket Trevor Ariza.
33 min
299
RECAP: Houston collapses in Dallas to wrap winl...
The Rockets (11-14) blew an 8-point lead with under 3:00 left in Dallas to cap a winless road trip. Sunday's recap breaks down the key storylines, including late errors by CP3, Harden, and Gordon, and why outside help isn't likely to arrive all that soon.
36 min
300
RECAP: Jazz silence Rockets as roster moves bec...
Even with Rudy Gobert ejected early, the Rockets (11-13) were shockingly lifeless in a 118-91 loss Thursday at Utah. Our recap explores what went wrong, Gary Clark's new contract, and why external acquisitions are likely a necessity at this stage.
32 min