Locked On Rockets - Daily Podcast On ...

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.

Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
NEW: Overtime pod with @britrobotista
Saturday's overtime show with avid Rockets fan @britrobotista continues some of the talking points from the OKC game and thoughts on the team moving forward.
28 min
RECAP: Thunder spoil Westbrook's return 113-92.
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 113-92 loss against the OKC Thunder in Russell Westbrook's return game. Topics include James Harden's continued shooting slump; Russell Westbrook's stellar performance; ice-cold shooting from three; why this loss stings; reasons to still be optimistic, but not blindly optimistic, moving forward and more.
34 min
RECAP: Rockets outlast Hawks 122-115
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 122-115 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Topics include Harden's explosive first quarter (22 PTS) followed by woeful efficiency the rest of the game; Clint Capela (22/22) looking great after four days rest; recognizing P.J. Tucker's non-stat sheet contributions; lack of minutes for Hartenstein; Bullard Bingo™ and more.
31 min
NEW: Gary Clark waived, Adam Wexler joins the show
Tuesday evening's show has Jackson, along with Adam Wexler, Rockets Radio Network host and 1/2 of SportsTalk 790's "The A-Team", break down the waiving of Gary Clark, reasons behind doing it, what will happen with the open roster spot and more. To wind things down they talk NBA dunk contest news, their all-time dunk contest lineups and Wex's most memorable moment covering the Rockets.
38 min
NEW: Sports Illustrated's Michael Shapiro joins...
Tuesday's show sees Jackson joined by Sports Illustrated Rockets beat writer Michael Shapiro. Topics include the sustainability of James Harden's level of play; Russell Westbrook's return to OKC; drop in production for P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr.; legitimacy of Isaiah Hartenstein as the backup five and more.
31 min
NEW: #RocketsTwitter Town Hall with Roosh, KP a...
Monday's show gathers Jackson and some of the prominent minds of #RocketsTwitter with Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams), KP (@standfordkp) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) for a "Town Hall" style pod as they tackle topics like Russell Westbrook's impact; what defines this current team; potential trade targets; Mike D'Antoni's coaching and more.
48 min
RECAP: Harden, Capela dominate 76ers
Saturday's show recaps the Rockets 118-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Topics include James Harden's 44-point triple-double performance; Clint Capela (30/14) impressive on both ends; the duality of Russell Westbrook and more.
28 min
NEW: Harden/Westbrook shooting numbers, 76ers p...
Friday's show introduces some interesting stats for both Russell Westbrook and James Harden and gets into the meaning behind the numbers, followed by a brief Philadelphia 76ers preview.
33 min
RECAP: Rockets strike gold in Nuggets win
Wednesday's show recaps the Rockets impressive 130-104 win over the Denver Nuggets to kick off the new decade. Topics include Hartenstein claiming the backup five spot; chemistry between Westbrook and Hartenstein; finding success against the Harden double-teams; Gordon's minutes alongside Westbrook and more.
36 min
NEW: RocketsWire editor Ben DuBose joins the show
Tuesday's show follows Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose, as they explore topics like the pros and cons of Mike D'Antoni; Russell Westbrook's volatility; role of the young guys, especially Isaiah Hartenstein; impact of Eric Gordon; James Harden as the decade's leading scorer: William Howard 2-way signing and more.
40 min
NEW: Eric Gordon is back!
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 108-98 win against the Brooklyn Nets and their 127-112 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. Topics include stretches where the offense has more layers; promising counters to the James Harden double-teams; great defense down the stretch against Nets: Eric Gordon looks great in his first game back; Isaiah Hartenstein makes a case to stay past his contract guarantee date; supplementing the "main" roster with the young guys and more.
38 min
NEW: Forrest Walker joins the show
Red Nation blogger, podcaster and eternally optimistic Rockets fan Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) joins Jackson on Friday's show. Topics include a quick dip into the Warriors loss; the signing of Chris Clemons to a three-year deal; rumors surrounding Russell Westbrook being available in trade talks; Rockets playing up to AND down to their opponents; Jeff Green as a possible free agent target; a special "DO's or DUNOTS" segment and more.
29 min
RECAP: Rockets spoil Christmas, fall to Warriors
Thursday's episode recaps the Rockets 116-104 loss on Christmas Day to the Golden State Warriors; topics include the abysmal three-point shooting by everyone not named James Harden or Danuel Hourse Jr.; lack of execution out of the Harden double-teams; Russell Westbrook 0/8 3PT, but the rest of his game was solid; Clint Capela's heel; Eric Gordon where art thou?; lazy perimeter defense and more.
35 min
NEW: Festive decade in review
Wednesday's Christmas Day episode follows Jackson (@JTGatlin) as he explores 10 significant Rockets moments from the past decade.
30 min
RECAP: Rockets roll over Kings
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 113-104 win against the Sacramento Kings. Topics include the strong start, including some numbers that backup the claim that the Rockets have been starting/finishing games sluggishly; Russell Westbrook's decision making trending upward: James Harden with some nice dimes; 5-minute offensive drought to start the fourth quarter; remembering the West, and the league, is wide open this year and more.
30 min
RECAP: Rockets eclipse Suns
Monday's episode recaps the Rockets 139-125 win over the Phoenix Suns. Topics include James Harden's 47, including four threes in three minutes; Russell Westbrook's recent play and why he's suddenly "Russ" again; great minutes for Gary Clark; using Capela as a lob threat alongside Westbrook; concern regarding the sustainability of Harden's scoring volume; how the rest of the West is shaping up and more.
34 min
RECAP: Westbrook, Rockets handle Clippers
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 122-117 win on the road against the LA Clippers. Topics include Russell Westbrook's stellar play; James Harden showing up in the second half; what led to the large deficit in the first place; Harden and Westbrook's ability to communicate; clutch buckets and offensive rebounds to seal the game down the stretch and more.
29 min
NEW: Rockets mid-week mailbag
Thursday's mailbag show answers questions from listeners on a variety of topics, such as bias against the Rockets, will James Harden win another MVP award, are the Rockets legitimate title contenders and more.
36 min
NEW: Rockets trade speculation and targets
Wednesday's show follows Jackson as he breaks down the Rockets' current trade assets (or lack thereof) and some potential targets for the team to pursue.
36 min
RECAP: A tale of two halves as Rockets best Spurs
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 109-107 revenge win over the San Antonio Spurs. Topics include the Rockets defense holding the Spurs to just 35 points in the second half after giving up 72 in the first; Russell Westbrook carried quarters 1 and 2, James Harden carried 3 and 4; Clint Capela as a facilitator; sorely missing House Jr.'s three-point shot; offensive "x-factors" and more.
33 min
NEW: Rockets weekend wrap-up
Monday's show recaps the Rockets' set of back-to-back games against the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons, followed by some trade speculation and a bit of Rockets rumblings from ESPN insiders Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski.
43 min
RECAP: Rockets narrowly beat Cavaliers
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets close 116-110 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Topics include James Harden's great performance, but why was it necessary; Russell Westbrook continues to look more effective driving the ball; role players struggling; Harden ISO-ball becoming predictable; the 24-0 run by the Cavs, followed by the Rockets pitching a shutout the rest of the way and more.
28 min
NEW: SBNation host Jake Asman joins the show
Jackson, joined by SBNation/ESPN97.5 reporter Jake Asman, tackles a variety of Rockets subjects. Topics include the Rockets' relationship with the referees; Russell Westbrook and James Harden's legacies; Harden in the eyes of the national media; reported interest in Minnesota Timberwolves forward (and former Rocket) Robert Covington and more.
31 min
RECAP: Rockets lose to Kings, Bjelica three
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets crushing 119-118 loss against the Sacramento Kings off a last-second three by Nemanja Bjelica. Topics include greater expectations for a team with championship aspirations; Russell Westbrook's best game as a Rocket; team accountability falling to Mike D'Antoni or James Harden?; some optimism and perspective to wrap things up.
32 min
RECAP: Rockets survive Suns
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 115-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. Topics include the overall sound game from Russell Westbrook; Ben McLemore continues to be on fire (5/9 3PT shooting); James Harden ice-cold through three quarters then hits the defrost button in the fourth; getting P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. more shot attempts; transition defense issues and more.
28 min
RECAP: Rockets conquer Canada
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 119-109 win against the Toronto Raptors. Topics include execution out of the aggressive double-team on James Harden; Austin Rivers' key role as the secondary playmaker when Russell Westbrook sits; defense continues to get better; trying to get Clint Capela more involved offensively; a claim about Westbrook's fit and more.
44 min
NEW: Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose joins the show
Thursday's show follows Jackson and Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose as they briefly touch on the Spurs loss and how the NBA may (or may not) handle it before visiting upon some of the themes of this season through the quarter-way mark, with a focus on the curious case of Russell Westbrook.
45 min
RECAP: Rockets collapse late against Spurs
Wednesday's show recaps the Rockets' late game collapse against the San Antonio Spurs. Topics include the "missed" dunk by James Harden followed by the ineptitude of the officiating crew; Harden and Russell Westbrook's offensive struggles (combined 18/68 shooting); not having a "safety valve" anymore without Chris Paul; inability to get stops, or at least keep the scoreboard moving, down the stretch; the possibility the NBA gets involved on their own or for the Rockets to protest this game and more.
32 min
NEW: Red Nation Hoops host Salman Ali joins the...
Tuesday's episode follows Jackson and ESPN97.5 reporter Salman Ali as they share their thoughts on Russell Westbrook as a Houston Rocket now 19 games into the season. Topics covered include key differences between Westbrook and Chris Paul, the second unit struggles, Westbrook as an "X" factor come playoff time and more.
31 min
RECAP: Rockets, Harden obliterate Atlanta Hawks
Monday's show recaps the Rockets easy 158-111 cruise control win over the Atlanta Hawks in which James Harden dropped 60 points through just three quarters. Topics include Harden scoring with ease; Russell Westbrook continues to mesh and impress with his decision making; Mike D'Antoni utilizing entire bench in the absence of Clint Capela and Danuel House Jr.; Austin Rivers' defensive prowess; league standings followed by a look ahead at the December schedule and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets return favor, drop Heat in 117-1...
Friday's episode recaps the Rockets 117-108 win over the Miami Heat. Topics include the strong first half from the Rockets (held Heat to just 42 points); love/hate relationship with Russell Westbrook and mid-range; incredible minutes from Gary Clark; Heat opt to NOT use the double-team strategy on James Harden; a discussion about context of turnovers; Rockets fourth quarter "collapse" and more.
38 min
PREVIEW: Rockets (11-6) host Miami Heat (12-4)
Jackson and David Ramil of Locked On Heat preview tonight's Rockets and Heat rematch. Topics include Jimmy Butler's new role; Eric Spoelstra's defensive philosophies; how to avoid going down 46-14 again in Q1; how Mike D'Antoni has utlized Russell Westbrook so far; lineup possibilities with Clint Capela (illness) and Butler (illness) both questionable; coming out of the gate with intensity and more.
31 min
#RocketsTwitter vs. Eddie Johnson
Tuesday's show follows Jackson as he recounts the social media beef between #RocketsTwitter and ex-Rocket Eddie Johnson, followed by commentary on Russell Westbrook and early season roster thoughts and speculation.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets lose I45 rivalry game, drop thir...
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 137-123 loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Topics include digging themselves into a hole early the past three games; the James Harden double-team scheme continues and remains effective; three-point shooting issues (10/44 3PA, Harden 2/15 3PA); Russell Westbrook and his polarizing play; Mike D'Antoni opting for a seven man rotation instead of playing young guys; some silver linings and a thank you to wrap things up.
50 min
NEW: Red94 blogger Justin Levine joins the show
Friday's show follows Jackson and Red94 blogger Justin Levine (@JustinLev) as they explore some of the main story lines of the Rockets season so far, followed by a dive into the business side of things regarding Tilman Fertitta's acquisition of the team and his impact on the Rockets franchise as he enters his third year as the owner.
46 min
RECAP: Nuggets bury Rockets, win streak ends at...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 105-95 loss against the Denver Nuggets. Topics include the Nuggets effectively limiting James Harden with the "random" double-teams; Russell Westbrook's "feast or famine" night; Danuel House Jr injured..again; costly turnovers (20) lead to easy transition points; issues with interior defense; not pushing the tempo enough and more.
36 min
PREVIEW: Rockets (11-3) at Denver Nuggets (9-3)
Nuggets.com writer Eric Spyropoulos joins Jackson to breakdown tonight's matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Topics include lethality of the James Harden/Clint Capela pick and roll; Rockets playing with pace, Nuggets slowing things down; will the Nuggets' passing expose holes in the Rockets' defensive switching scheme; how does Russell Westbrook impact the dynamic of a Rockets team that has gone 10-1 against the Nuggets in the Mike D'Antoni era; key reserves to look out for and more.
34 min
NEW: Matt Thomas joins followed by Blazers recap
Voice of the Rockets Matt Thomas joins Jackson for a couple segments before Jackson wraps things up with a recap of the Rockets 132-108 rout of the Portland Trailblazers. Topics include James Harden taking it to yet another level this year; Russell Westbrook's impact thus far; battling through injuries; Danuel House Jr. and Clint Capela return to the lineup; defense remains locked in; extra opportunities created by Westbrook and more.
44 min
RECAP: Undermanned Rockets win both sides of ba...
Jackson recaps both Rockets wins this weekend against the Indiana Pacers (111-102) at home and the Minnesota Timberwolves (125-105) on the road. Topics include James Harden's greatness and work ethic; still getting wins despite Russell Westbrook not playing up to his potential; Rockets ranking 3rd in defensive rating and 5th in offensive rating during seven game win streak; welcome contributions from Chris Clemons (19 PTS, 5/9 3PT, +32 in 28 min) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6/16, +24 in 31 min) and others; three things we would like to see more of.
47 min
NEW: Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose joins the show
Friday’s show sees Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose, as they go over some of the themes present in the Rockets 102-93 win over the LA Clippers and more. Topics include defensive stat tracking and how Patrick Beverley really did get burned by James Harden multiple times throughout the game; the defensive identity of the team continuing to grow and improve with the Rockets now ranked No. 17 in defensive rating after starting the year as one of the bottom two defensive teams; Russell Westbrook’s need to take advantage of his style of play and maximize his output in the “Russ only lineups”; rotation speculation given the multitude of injuries the team has sustained to key contributors like Eric Gordon (out six weeks), Danuel House (day-to-day) and Clint Capela (day-to-day); a preview of the upcoming schedule for the remainder of November against seven playoff caliber teams in a row.
44 min
RECAP: No Gordon, no House, no problem
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 102-93 win over the LA Clippers. Topics include the hot start and finish by James Harden; Russell Westbrook's foul (and shooting) struggles; the entire team playing great defense; limiting shooting fouls for the Clippers; Austin Rivers AKA "Houston Bayous" getting his dad T'd up and more.
41 min
RECAP: Rockets coast by Pelicans
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 122-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Topics include James Harden (39 points, 10/14 2PT FG) and Russell Westbrook (26 points, 10/13 2PT FG) both finding success within the arc despite their struggles behind it (combined 4/19 3PT); Clint Capela's activity early on; Eric Gordon remembers how to play basketball; Danuel House injury and Mike D'Antoni's ability to adjust his rotations accordingly; a look ahead at the rest of the November schedule.
35 min
NEW: Strippers, Bulls and the rest of the West
Sunday's show follows Jackson, joined by SportsTalk 790's Michael Connor, as they discuss the Rockets 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls and more. Topics include the Reddit post gone viral concerning James Harden and strip clubs; uncharacteristic turnovers followed by a second half burst against the Bulls (36-18 third quarter); the consistency of Danuel House; Mike D'Antoni calling quality timeouts and regrouping the team; the need for a good buyout market to solidify the rotation; Clint Capela trade speculation; an early look around the Western Conference.
44 min
NEW: Jackson joins Robert Land on the Houston S...
The first two segments of Friday's show follow Jackson as he joined Robert Land on the Houston Sports Talk Podcast (@HSTPodcast) to discuss the start of the Rockets season, with segment three focusing on the upcoming Bulls game and the Rockets schedule the rest of November. Topics include increased pace of play; James Harden's role in the defense; Danuel House's impressive early season showing, especially on defense; Russell Westbrook's impact; more PnR between Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela and more.
37 min
RECAP: Rockets best G League Warriors
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 129-112 win over the severely undermanned Golden State Warriors. Topics include the impressive outing by the entire starting five; productive minutes for Austin Rivers off the bench; defensive strength of lineups featuring PJ Tucker and Danuel House; Russell Westbrook's shooting splits; James Harden working himself back into MVP form; a defensive wrinkle used by Steve Kerr to disrupt Harden and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets grind out win with hustle, defen...
Tuesday's show reflects on the Rockets 107-100 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Topics include increased hustle and effort; Danuel House filling his role extremely well; Eric Gordon shows some life; Mike D'Antoni trusting Ben McLemore with more minutes; limiting the Grizzlies to just 40 second half points; using this game as a building block and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets leave South Beach without a win,...
Monday's show recaps the abysmal 129-100 loss against the Miami Heat. Topics include shifting Eric Gordon back into the starting lineup; defensive breakdowns and miscommunication; playing like you "want to" be there; injecting some youth into the Rockets' lineups; Chris Clemons playing well in limited minutes; Memphis Grizzlies tonight and more.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets can't hit, Nets can't miss
Saturday's show recaps the Rockets 116-123 loss against the Brooklyn Nets: Topics include differences between this season's start and last; Mike D'Antoni postgame audio; leading by example defensively; expecting more from Clint Capela; Danuel House's solid play; playing with "heart" and hustle; appreciating what the team has proven and more.
33 min
RECAP: Olympus Has Fallen (at the hands of the ...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets monumental 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards in D.C. Topics include James Harden finding his rhythm to the tune of 59/3/9; Russell Westbrook unselfishness and impacting the game in ways besides scoring; the dynamic differences between Harden-led and Westbrook-led lineups; Danuel House in the doghouse?; play Gary Clark campaign in full swing and more.
40 min
NEW: Ben DuBose joins and shares his early seas...
Tuesday evening's show follows Jackson and Ben DuBose, Rockets Wire editor and reporter for SportsTalk 790, as they discuss the start of the Rockets 2019-2020 season. Topics include first impressions of Russell Westbrook as a Rocket; James Harden's lackluster start to the season; roster depth; do the defensive issues fall on coaching or personnel?; Chris Paul's return to Houston; Washington Wizards preview and more.
43 min
RECAP: Rockets flip switch, rout Thunder after ...
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 116-112 win over the OKC Thunder. Topics include the "switch flipped" during the third quarter (39-18 in Houston's favor); Russell Westbrook's extremely efficient night (???); James Harden finding his rhythm; Gerald Green injury update; defensive effort; P.J. Tucker and Westbrook chemistry; crunch time rotations, execution and more.
32 min
RECAP: Rockets survive Pelicans, Thunder next
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 126-123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans and briefly previews the OKC Thunder game tonight. Topics include James Harden and Russell Westbrook's Freaky Friday role swap; a tinfoil hat conspiracy segment; defensive woes and a player buried on the bench who might be able to help; Mike D'Antoni's early season minutes distribution; Chris Paul appreciation and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets season opener: the good, the bad...
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 117-111 season opening loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. Topics include Mike D'Antoni's questionable lineups: Eric Gordon and James Harden's shooting struggles (combined 6-of-32 from the field); the Bucks defensive scheme; Russell Westbrook looked phenomenal.
39 min
The eve of Houston Rockets basketball with Crai...
Houston Rockets TV and radio play-by-play analyst Craig Ackerman joins Jackson on the eve of the '19-'20 season. Topics include referee points of emphasis; adapting to Russell Westbrook; Eric Gordon back in his sixth man role; James Harden's leadership; preview of the Milwaukee Bucks match-up; overview of the Western Conference.
33 min
Season preview with Adam Clanton, Rockets radio...
Adam Clanton joins Jackson on Monday's show to discuss all things Rockets heading into the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. Topics include Clanton's complicated past with Russell Westbrook; adapting to the differences between Westbrook and Chris Paul; the roles of veteran players; the absolutely STACKED Western Conference; Twitter "is a loaded gun"; and a set of over/under questions to end the show.
43 min
Preseason over, regular season around the corner
Sunday's show recaps the Rockets final preseason outing against the Miami Heat before diving into a look around the NBA. Topics include Westbrook looking comfortable against the Heat; setting the tone for the season '19-'20 season early; final roster made official; Gordon as a 6MotY; NBA season awards predictions; way-too-early conference standings predictions.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets lose to Spurs, highlighting the ...
Jackson and special correspondent Ben DuBose analyze the Rockets 128-114 preseason loss against the Spurs at Toyota Center. Topics include the shifting of Danuel House to the starting lineup; defensive woes with a focus on rebounding; Russell Westbrook's integration offensively and defensively; patience required by fans; Chris Clemons signing becoming official and more on today's show.
51 min
Rockets open practice, LeBron calls out Morey
Monday's show covers the comments made by LeBron James toward Daryl Morey regarding China, followed by thoughts from Rockets open practice. Topics include the new rotation minus Gerald Green (broken foot); one dimensional versus multidimensional role players; and Russell Westbrook potentially shooting MORE threes.
31 min
Friday Rockets roundtable with special correspo...
USA Today Rockets Wire editor and SportsTalk 790 reporter Ben DuBose joins Jackson for a Friday roundtable discussion. Topics include Daryl Morey's Twitter conundrum; first impressions of Russell Westbrook; viability of Ben McLemore; Harden's leadership and more.
43 min
RECAP: Westbrook makes Rockets debut, final ros...
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 134-129 preseason loss against the Toronto Raptors in a game where defense was merely a suggestion. Topics include Russell Westbrook's long-awaited Rockets debut (13/2/6 in 20 minutes); brief summary of Daryl Morey's "Twittergate"; Westbrook shot selection (1-of-6 from three) plus early chemistry with Capela; and final roster predictions.
26 min
RECAP: Harden shows out, Sefolosha and Chandler...
Friday's show, with new host Jackson Gatlin, recaps the Rockets 109-96 preseason win over the L.A. Clippers, Topics include a typical night from Harden (37/7/7); defensive culture being grown with the addition of veterans Thabo Sefolosha and Tyson Chandler; pace of play remains an offensive point of emphasis; Chris Clemons continues to impress.
23 min
RECAP: Harden, Capela push faster pace in rout ...
Tuesday’s show recaps the blowout win over Shanghai in the preseason opener. Topics include a faster pace by James Harden (10/17/12 in 21 minutes) and Clint Capela (25/10); flashes by Clemons (21) and McLemore (17); and a tough road for Anthony Bennett.
35 min
On Russell Westbrook's happiness and Day 1 prac...
Saturday's episode offers key takeaways from Media Day and Day 1 of training camp, with emphasis on Russell Westbrook's great attitude and the quick re-integration of Ryan Anderson. In segment three (40:00), Ben makes an announcement on the show's future.
58 min
On Ryan Anderson's return and Media Day storyli...
Wednesday's show breaks down the reported return of sharpshooting big Ryan Anderson to the Houston Rockets (reasons it could work, and his potential role) and key storylines to watch for (health of Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker) at Friday's Media Day.
35 min
On the Sefolosha signing and Nene's reduced tra...
Friday's episode breaks down the Rockets' signing of veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha; the NBA's unfortunate mistake in lowering Nene's trade value; and the implications of Daryl Morey's comments about no more contract extensions this year.
45 min
Roosh Williams on potential roster additions, '...
In Wednesday's show, Roosh Williams and Ben DuBose break down new offseason rumors about who might join Houston’s roster (Thabo Sefolosha?) and who isn't (Iman Shumpert). They also take a deep dive into the 1995 "Clutch City" Rockets and their title run.
60 min
Friday Rockets roundtable with Jackson Gatlin
SportsTalk 790 producer Jackson Gatlin joins Ben for a Friday the 13th roundtable chat. Topics include the implications of Nene's reported contract terms; new interview comments by coach Mike D'Antoni; the latest James Harden move; and much more.
40 min
On Iguodala rumors, Nene's return, and remainin...
Tuesday's episode explores the latest news surrounding Rockets target Andre Iguodala and his lack of a buyout with Memphis; implications from the return of veteran center Nene; and other potential roster additions as 2019-20 training camp nears.
52 min
Implications of Eric Gordon's contract extension
Tuesday's show explores the many implications from Eric Gordon's recent contract extension (up to 4 additional years), including what it means for the Houston Rockets roster and what it says about owner Tilman J. Fertitta and GM Daryl Morey.
57 min
2019-20 Rockets statistical preview with Josh L...
In Tuesday's show, our Ben DuBose joins Basketball Monster's lead fantasy hoops analyst Josh Lloyd to break down James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, and the rest of the 2019-20 Houston Rockets roster from a statistical perspective.
34 min
Mike Meltser on the 2019 Rockets offseason and ...
Houston sports radio veteran Mike Meltser joins Thursday's show. Topics include new perspective on the Russell Westbrook trade and his fit with James Harden; potential extensions for P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon; Clint Capela's room for growth; and more.
38 min
On Morey's podcast comments and Cousins' ACL tear
Friday's show breaks down new information revealed by GM Daryl Morey on a recent podcast, including intel on his offseason pursuits of Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook. Ben also explores the implications of Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL.
48 min
2019-20 Rockets schedule release reaction
Monday's show reacts to the brand-new 2019-20 schedule. Highlights include an MVP-heavy opener, with Russell Westbrook's home debut vs. 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Other topics include a soft closing stretch and national TV prominence.
45 min
On Terrence Jones, Sergio Llull, and shooting
Wednesday's show explores the latest offseason news and rumors, including why the Rockets may give Terrence Jones another shot; what to make of Sergio Llull still not ruling out the NBA; and how outside shooting is even more vital to Houston this season.
47 min
Iguodala remains on radar as offseason reaches ...
Tuesday's show explores new reports that Houston is still looking to land Andre Iguodala this offseason. Other topics include the final roster spots heading into training camp, and the importance of a happy James Harden (after the Westbrook trade).
54 min
Key takeaways as Russell Westbrook introduces h...
Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) offers his key takeaways from Friday's introductory news conference by the Rockets for Russell Westbrook. Topics include statements from Westbrook and GM Daryl Morey, as well as the importance of a happy James Harden (in attendance).
21 min
On the McLemore and Bennett moves, and any rema...
Tuesday's show analyzes Daryl Morey's recent additions of swingman Ben McLemore and big man Anthony Bennett, and why the former lottery picks make sense for Houston's training camp roster. Ben also explores where any remaining funds might best be spent.
38 min
Why the Westbrook trade wasn't expanded, and wh...
In Wednesday’s show, Ben explores why the Russell Westbrook trade (now official) wasn’t expanded to include another player(s) coming to Houston. Topics include what it says about ownership, and what to expect and watch for as the offseason continues.
32 min
Could the Westbrook trade be expanded?
Monday's show with Karthik Prasad breaks down why the Russell Westbrook trade isn't official. Ben and Karthik explore the upside of potentially expanding the deal, including how names like Andre Iguodala, Robert Covington, and others might come into play.
32 min
Matt Moore on Houston's new Westbrook era
NBA expert Matt Moore (@HPbasketball) outlines how Houston can optimize its system to succeed with Russell Westbrook, led by how James Harden and Mike D'Antoni may need to change. Other topics include the Tyson Chandler and Anthony Bennett additions.
33 min