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Locked On Rockets - Daily Podcast On ...
Locked on Rockets, part of the Locked on Podcast Network, offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. The show is hosted by Ben DuBose, a reporter with the Rockets' flagship station SportsTalk 790. #rockets #nba
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1
On Butler S&T scenarios and the role of Shumpert
With reports that Houston may pursue Jimmy Butler via sign-and-trade (rather than by opting in), Saturday's show breaks down the roster implications of assets given up and a hard salary cap. Ben also explores a potential reverse S&T with Iman Shumpert.
49 min
2
Tuesday rumors: Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, and A...
Tuesday's show explores direct or potential Rockets angles to various trade and free agency rumors on Tuesday surrounding Chris Paul, Philadelphia swingman Jimmy Butler, and Boston big man Al Horford.
49 min
3
On CP3 rumors, AD to LA, and player options
Monday's show explores a new "report" on Chris Paul and whether he wants to be in Houston; the ripple effects of New Orleans trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and why fans should be skeptical with media reports on player options (such as Jimmy Butler).
44 min
4
With Klay and KD out, is Houston the 2019-20 We...
Friday's show reflects on Toronto’s NBA Finals win and previews 2019-20. With Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson (ACL) out for a long time, Ben explores whether Houston is now the West favorite and if that changes Daryl Morey’s offseason plans.
49 min
5
Ripple effects from Durant's Achilles injury
Wednesday's show explores the ripple effects from Kevin Durant's Game 5 Achilles injury on the Warriors and the rest of the NBA, and of course what both may mean for the Rockets moving forward.
52 min
6
Potential Houston fits in AD trade talks and Te...
Monday’s show reacts to news of New Orleans moving forward on Anthony Davis trade talks and where Houston may fit in, as well as James Harden, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker all earning invitations to Team USA’s training camp in August for the 2019 World Cup.
43 min
7
On new D'Antoni extension talks and Toronto's s...
Saturday's show reacts to a new round of extension talks with Mike D’Antoni and the urgency for owner Tilman Fertitta to get a deal done. Other topics include Toronto’s 3-1 lead over Golden State in the NBA Finals, and what they have that Houston did not.
42 min
8
Reaction to NYT rumors on Capela, Gordon, and T...
Wednesday’s show reacts to Marc Stein’s report that Houston plans to trade at least one of Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker in 2019. Ben explains why Capela is most likely and Tucker least, along with more insight on James Harden’s title window.
46 min
9
On the D'Antoni turmoil, Morey's Instagram hint...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins joins Monday's show. Topics include the leaks from Mike D'Antoni's agent and Houston’s front office on unsuccessful extension talks; Daryl Morey's IG comments about keeping Chris Paul; NBA Finals lessons; and more.
54 min
10
Why contract extension talks broke down with D'...
Friday's show addresses news of the Rockets and Mike D'Antoni breaking off contract extension talks and what the rationale is for both sides, as well as the longer-term implications of the move as it pertains to luring assistant coaches and free agents.
29 min
11
Reaction to Woj story on aggressive trade propo...
Thursday’s show offers reaction to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Rockets are aggressively shopping center Clint Capela; open to trading guard Chris Paul; and stalled out in extension talks with coach Mike D’Antoni.
40 min
12
NBA Finals storylines from a Houston perspective
Wednesday's show previews the NBA Finals from a Houston perspective, led by free agency benefits if Toronto wins; the ability to push back on narratives if Golden State wins; and a key matchup to watch to gauge Clint Capela's future viability.
32 min
13
Offseason trade primer, and why CP3 deals don't...
Tuesday's show explores offseason trade considerations, including a need for filler salaries and why trade exceptions may help; how re-signing Iman Shumpert or Gerald Green could aid future flexibility; and why Chris Paul trade proposals don't make sense.
36 min
14
More staff changes, and the D'Antoni question
With four more members of Houston's coaching staff not retained, Saturday's show explores the rationale behind the moves. Ben also explains why holding Mike D'Antoni to a one-year contract could be increasingly problematic as Daryl Morey works to fill the vacancies.
26 min
15
Extension rumors, WCF lessons, Harden's appreci...
In Friday’s show, Ben and Mike Mitchell recap the week’s news and rumors. Topics include potential extensions for Mike D'Antoni and Eric Gordon; the exit of Jeff Bzdelik; growing appreciation for James Harden; and lessons from Golden State’s WCF sweep.
40 min
16
Playoff and free agency storylines relevant to ...
Wednesday’s show explores relevant playoff and FA storylines to Houston. Topics include Golden State sweeping Portland; growing appreciation for James Harden; and ripple effects of Kevin Durant's potential exit and why the Clippers are a scary scenario.
32 min
17
On Bzdelik's exit and extension talks for D'Ant...
Monday's show offers reaction to the news of assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik not having his contract renewed, as well as analysis on recent rumors surrounding possible contract extensions for head coach Mike D'Antoni and guard Eric Gordon.
34 min
18
Reaction to first offseason interviews by Morey...
Friday's show features reaction to the first offseason interviews by GM Daryl Morey and head coach Mike D'Antoni, along with analysis of remaining NBA playoff storylines and how they could impact Houston.
37 min
19
On D'Antoni, CP3's aging curve, Jimmy Butler, a...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins joins Ben to preview the offseason. Topics include Chris Paul's aging curve; the talent gap between Houston and Golden State; the future of Mike D'Antoni in Houston; a potential Jimmy Butler pursuit; and much more.
56 min
20
On CP3's contract, D'Antoni's future, and Playo...
Monday's show explores faulty narratives regarding Chris Paul's contract and why it's not all that prohibitive to the Rockets; the still uncertain future of coach Mike D'Antoni; and the misguided criticism of James Harden in the playoffs.
44 min
21
Game 6: On the end of 2018-19 and what comes next
Saturday's show breaks down the series-ending loss to Golden State in Game 6, what we learned from the playoffs about James Harden, and why the offseason should be a very active one in Houston.
47 min
22
Game 5: On Durant's injury and a blown opportunity
Thursday's recap of a 104-99 Game 5 loss explores what went wrong after Kevin Durant exited with a calf injury; what KD’s likely absence means for the series; and why Chris Paul and Clint Capela (6/24 FG) deserve "blame" over James Harden (31/8, 63% FG).
36 min
23
Game 5 preview with Roosh Williams
Roosh Williams and Ben preview Game 5. Topics include the sense of urgency for Houston; James Harden’s playoff breakout; improvements by PJ Tucker and the defense; the potential for a CP3 signature game; and whether Golden State has any adjustments left.
34 min
24
Game 4: Houston ties series behind Harden, Tuck...
James Harden (38/10) was brilliant and PJ Tucker (17/10) set a tone for the tougher Rockets on defense and the glass (50-43) as Houston won Game 4 to tie the series. Tuesday's show explores key takeaways in what’s now a “Best of 3” series with the champs.
38 min
25
Game 3: Harden delivers late as team effort win...
James Harden (41/9/6) had his most clutch game yet, Eric Gordon (7/14 on 3s) was spectacular, and Houston (+20 rebounds) outworked Golden State in a gutty Game 3 win. Sunday's show breaks down what it means, including for the series and the MVP’s legacy.
34 min
26
Game 3 preview with Craig Ackerman
Craig Ackerman and Ben DuBose preview Saturday’s Game 3 in Houston. Topics include strong play by Golden State’s Draymond Green and Andre Igoudala; the problems of Clint Capela and Danuel House; momentum for James Harden; the need to start fast; and more.
39 min
27
Mailbag: On Game 3, Capela's issues; job securi...
Thursday's show answers fan-submitted mailbag questions on the Golden State series. Topics include the significance of Game 3; what’s gone wrong for Clint Capela; slow starts and offensive lulls; and whether anyone’s job is in jeopardy if Houston loses.
43 min
28
Game 2: Shooting improves, but issues remain wi...
James Harden and the Rockets (43% on 3s) shot better in Game 2, but ongoing problems with Clint Capela (-19) and poor bench play have led to an 0-2 deficit vs. Golden State. Our recap explores potential changes as the series shifts to Houston for Game 3.
43 min
29
On Game 2 adjustments and the officiating crisis
Monday’s show explores fallout from the Game 1 loss at Golden State and a leak of internal NBA officiating reports from last year’s West Finals, which show Houston as consistently shortchanged. Ben explains the key takeaways and what is needed in Game 2.
36 min
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
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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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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
101
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
102
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
103
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
104
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
105
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
106
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
107
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
108
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
109
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
110
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
111
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
112
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
113
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
114
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
115
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
116
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
117
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
118
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
119
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
120
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
121
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
122
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
123
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
124
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
125
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
126
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
127
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
128
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
129
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
130
Trade by Friday? Our preview of the possibilities
With reports out that Houston is planning a trade this week, Thursday's show looks at criteria for Daryl Morey — starting with why they waived Danuel House; how the deal likely includes Brandon Knight or Marquese Chriss; and why to keep expectations low.
31 min
131
Roller coaster: On Houston's uneven play, CP3's...
Karthik Prasad joins Ben to dissect Houston’s rocky 11-12 start. Topics include why the team is so streaky; CP3’s recent issues (1/8 FGs, 5 TOs in Monday’s loss); waiving Danuel House; and possible trade or buyout options (Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza).
29 min
132
RECAP: Rockets run out of gas in collapse at Mi...
James Harden scored 29, but Houston (11-12) blew a 19-point lead in a 103-91 loss at Minnesota. Our recap breaks it all down, led by a team rebounding deficiency (42-34) and poor shooting by Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, and Eric Gordon (combined 6-of-28 FG).
31 min
133
RECAP: Harden's 30 leads second straight blowou...
Sunday’s episode recaps the 121-105 win over Chicago, led by 30 points on 16 shots by James Harden and 7 players in double figures. The show also explores playing Danuel House over Gary Clark and the upcoming road trip to Minnesota, Utah, and Dallas.
29 min
134
RECAP: Paul returns in San Antonio as Rockets r...
Chris Paul (14/10) returned from injury to help Houston snap its losing streak with a 136-105 rout in San Antonio. Our recap explores CP3’s impact on James Harden (23/10) and Eric Gordon (26); continued growth by Capela (27/12), and Nene’s looming return.
31 min
135
Days, weeks, or months? The timeline of potenti...
Friday's show dissects what the struggling Rockets (9-11) can do to boost the roster midseason, including potentially signing a current free agent (Young, Brewer); the importance of Dec. 15 for trades; and why bigger moves may have to wait until February.
34 min
136
RECAP: Losing streak hits four in defenseless l...
Despite a triple double (25/17/11) from James Harden, the defensive woes continued for depth-less Houston (9-11) in a 128-108 loss to Dallas. Wednesday's recap explores how the Rockets got here, and why the cause is more complex than many make it seem.
35 min
137
RECAP: Harden, Gordon's offense not enough as W...
James Harden had 54 and 13 while Eric Gordon (36) hit a career-high 8 three-pointers... and it still wasn't enough vs. lowly Washington (8-12). Our recap explores Monday's 135-131 loss, led by a new wave of issues with defense and late-game turnovers.
33 min
138
Rebounding, depth issues exposed in road B2B lo...
The 5-game win streak came to a halt with weekend losses at Detroit and Cleveland. Our recap explores the trends, led by a lack of rebounding after Clint Capela; not having a fourth guard to fill in for Chris Paul; and turnover problems from James Harden.
40 min
139
RECAP: Be thankful for Harden, Capela, Paul as ...
Houston extended its winning streak to 5 with a 126-124 win over Detroit. Our recap hits the highlights, led by a career game for Clint Capela (27/15) vs. Andre Drummond, another MVP night by James Harden (43/9), and Chris Paul (50% FG) staying hot.
27 min
140
Matt Thomas on the recent turnaround, Bzdelik's...
Broadcaster and PA voice Matt Thomas breaks down the Rockets after 4 straight wins and 7 of 9, led by improved play from CP3 and Harden; needing more from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green off the bench; the looming return of Jeff Bzdelik; and Carmelo’s exit.
24 min
141
RECAP: Big 3 of Harden, CP3, Capela spark rout ...
Facing Sacramento (8-8) on Saturday, Houston (8-7) won its 4th in a row and 7th in 9 games behind dominance from the "Big 3" of MVP James Harden (34/8), Chris Paul (24/9, 75% on 3s), and Clint Capela (23/16/5). Our recap breaks down all the key takeaways.
25 min
142
Final thoughts on Carmelo Anthony's time in Hou...
With Houston declaring its intention to part ways with Carmelo Anthony, Friday's show explores why the future Hall of Famer was let go and when he might formally leave. Topics include why the decision isn’t “scapegoating” Anthony for Houston’s slow start.
33 min
143
They're back! Rockets crush Warriors behind sta...
The Rockets won their 3rd in a row and sixth of eight with a 107-86 blowout of the defending champs. Our recap breaks it down, led by big nights from veterans (Harden, CP3, Gordon) and key contributions by rookies Isaiah Hartenstein (+27) and Gary Clark.
30 min
144
Previewing the Warriors + Wednesday Melo update
Wednesday's show previews Rockets/Warriors from the short-term context of Thursday's WCF rematch in Houston (with Steph Curry out) and the longer-term context of Kevin Durant potentially leaving Golden State amid recent turmoil with Draymond Green.
31 min
145
RECAP: Harden, CP3 lead win at Denver; Capela, ...
With 5 wins in 7 games, are the Rockets back? CP3 again posted 20+ points on 50%+ shooting, MVP James Harden (22/11) was brilliant late, and Clint Capela (24/9), PJ Tucker (+25) and James Ennis (16/4) each had key moments in a double-digit win at Denver.
29 min
146
RECAP: Progression to the mean? Rockets bury In...
Houston (5-7) scored 76 in an electric first half and finally shot well on 3s (20-of-47 overall), pacing a 115-103 win over Indiana. Our recap breaks down the standouts (Gary Clark + 66/14 by Chris Paul, James Harden) and the latest Carmelo Anthony news.
36 min
147
RECAP: On holding stars accountable and whether...
Despite more quality defense, James Harden and Chris Paul shot just 11-of-40 from the field in Houston’s Saturday loss at San Antonio. Sunday's show explains why holding the stars accountable is essential and whether Carmelo Anthony fits moving forward.
33 min
148
Final thoughts on the Jimmy Butler pursuit and ...
Saturday's show explores why Minnesota chose to trade All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia instead of Houston, headlined by Houston's lack of "win-now" offerings. Ben also breaks down what could come next on the trade market for GM Daryl Morey.
33 min
149
RECAP: Paul, Anthony struggle in lethargic loss...
Chris Paul (10/5) was again sluggish and Carmelo Anthony (1-of-11 FG) was dreadful in his return to OKC, leading to a 98-80 Houston loss. Our recap breaks down what we learned, led by concerning trends on offense and more rebounding issues (52-37 OKC).
29 min
150
Nekias Duncan on the winning streak, Gary Clark...
Nekias Duncan joins Ben to break down key improvements during the three-game win streak, including Clint Capela's usage on defense, the CP3-Carmelo Anthony pairing, rookie Gary Clark’s emergence, and predictions for a tough schedule over the next week.
21 min
151
RECAP: Defense, Harden spark third straight roa...
Monday's show explores Jeff Bzdelik’s return and the 98-94 win by Houston (4-5) at Indiana (7-4). Veterans CP3 and Carmelo tired during a 3-in-4 stretch, but James Harden (28/6) took over late and Clint Capela (18/10) led another strong defensive showing.
32 min
152
RECAP: Harden returns, Carmelo stays hot as Roc...
James Harden (21/7) made a triumphant return while Carmelo Anthony (17 points, 8/12 FG) stayed hot, leading Houston to a second straight win in Chicago. Our recap breaks it down, including key contributions by role players (Ennis, Hartenstein, Clark).
29 min
153
RECAP: Carmelo, CP3 snap losing streak as defen...
Chris Paul (32/11) and Carmelo Anthony (28 points, 9/12 FG) led the way for Houston (2-5) in a crucial win at Brooklyn on Friday. Our recap breaks it all down, including much-improved defense anchored by Clint Capela (22/13) and PJ Tucker (11 rebounds).
33 min
154
Hunter Atkins on early problems and potential f...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins examines the widespread problems for the 1-5 Rockets. Topics include the mood at Toyota Center, understated declines by Gordon and Capela, and whether they need roster changes (Jimmy Butler?) to turn things around.
34 min
155
CP3, Gordon struggle in latest loss as mentalit...
The lifeless Rockets (1-5) remain winless at home after a blowout loss to Portland. Wednesday's show explores the physical struggles of CP3 and Gordon (10-of-37 FG), mental issues as problems compound each other, and whether roster moves are necessary.
33 min
156
Matt Moore on his Houston skepticism, reasons n...
National NBA writer Matt Moore explains his skepticism of Houston entering this season and the team’s biggest early flaws (including Carmelo’s defense). Even so, Matt says there are many reasons not to panic, led by multi-game absences for CP3 and Harden.
36 min
157
Identifying what's wrong in Houston, and how to...
Sunday's show explores the current problems with the Rockets (1-4) on both offense and defense, including why it's too simplistic to put the majority on the blame on Carmelo Anthony or the offseason departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.
35 min
158
Kelly Iko on Butler rumors, injuries, CP3's rep...
The Athletic's Kelly Iko joined us Friday to discuss the latest Rockets news, led by recent Jimmy Butler rumors; injuries to James Harden, James Ennis, and Nene; the reputation of CP3; and the possibility of signing Nick Young or Anthony Morrow for depth.
28 min
159
Injury updates (Harden, Ennis) and a renewed Ji...
Thursday's show includes the latest injury updates from the Rockets (James Harden, James Ennis, and Nene), along with reaction to an ESPN report that Houston is making a renewed trade push for Minnesota's Jimmy Butler.
37 min
160
RECAP: Harden tweaks hamstring in latest loss w...
In the last game of CP3’s suspension, the playmaking deficiency was glaring as Houston (1-3) lost to Utah. Carmelo Anthony (22) broke out and the D was better, but Eric Gordon was woeful (1-of-12 on 3s) and James Harden (29/7) tweaked a hamstring.
33 min
161
Ackerman on the LA road trip, defensive woes, C...
Craig Ackerman breaks down Houston’s 1-2 start, led by key events (CP3 fracas) on the LA road trip; whether wing defense or rim protection is the main deficiency; fixing problems with Carmelo Anthony and MCW; replacing the injured James Ennis; and more.
32 min
162
RECAP: Houston splits LA back-to-back as effort...
In their first game without Chris Paul (suspension), the Clippers beat the Rockets (1-2) on night two of a road back-to-back. James Harden (22/14), Clint Capela (24), and Eric Gordon (21) were strong, but bench players including Carmelo and MCW struggled.
32 min
163
RECAP: Harden, Paul knock out Lakers in LeBron'...
The Rockets won their first game behind strong showings from James Harden and Chris Paul (64 points, 15 assists on 19/36 FG). Our recap explores how Houston overcame LeBron in his home opener, including gritty efforts from key role players (EG, Carmelo).
26 min
164
Why seasons without rings can still be memorable
After the Astros’ ALCS loss, Ben reflects on the near-misses of 2018 for Houston's flagship teams. Topics include the value of the journey; reconciling satisfaction over regular-season results with each club's "championship or bust" approach; and more.
34 min
165
RECAP: Houston comes out flat in blowout openin...
Wednesday's show recaps Houston's stunning 131-112 loss in the home season opener vs. New Orleans, including why listless efforts by stars James Harden (-23), Chris Paul (-19), and Clint Capela (-14) were more to blame than new role players or Xs and Os.
29 min
166
Previewing Houston's season opener with Locked ...
Locked on Pelicans host Jake Madison joins Ben DuBose to preview Houston's opener vs. New Orleans while exploring key themes for each franchise, including the fate of Anthony Davis and Houston’s ability to play three-guard lineups (CP3, Harden, Gordon).
34 min
167
2018-19 West preview, from a Houston perspective
With the NBA season tipping off Tuesday, Monday's show explores the various tiers of the Western Conference in 2018-19 and potential challengers to the Rockets — headlined by a look at the most threatening "Tier 2" teams after Houston and Golden State.
34 min
168
RECAP: Rotation comes into focus in rout at Mem...
Saturday's show recaps Houston's rout in Memphis, led by James Ennis (11 points, 4/6 FG) earning a starting spot; another successful night with P.J. Tucker and Carmelo Anthony as backup 5s; and the importance of a healthy preseason for Chris Paul (14/11).
31 min
169
Around the NBA: On the Butler standstill, Harde...
Friday’s show explores the Houston angles from several league-wide topics, including the Jimmy Butler standoff in Minnesota; James Harden's status in early MVP hot lists; and what to watch for with potential buyout candidates (Trevor Ariza?).
36 min
170
Primary preseason takeaways + Jimmy Butler update
With the regular season almost here, Karthik Prasad helps Ben recap the preseason. Topics include Carmelo Anthony’s strong start; encouraging signs by James Ennis and rookie Gary Clark; and the latest with potential trade target Jimmy Butler in Minnesota.
35 min
171
RECAP: Rockets roll past Sharks as Harden, Tuck...
P.J. Tucker was brilliant (22 points, 8-of-13 FG) in his second game returning from back soreness, while James Harden (37 points, 13-of-18 FG, +39) was back in MVP form. Our recap analyzes Tuesday’s romp over Shanghai, including several injury updates.
31 min
172
RECAP: Carmelo takes over late as Houston grind...
Sunday's show recaps Houston's 108-93 win in San Antonio, headlined by a dominant closing stretch from Carmelo Anthony; minor injuries to Clint Capela (hand) and Eric Gordon (ankle); and improved team defense amid the returns of Capela and P.J. Tucker.
34 min
173
Indiana recap: On Chriss' struggles, success wi...
Friday's show breaks down Houston's 110-100 loss to Indiana, headlined by another strong game from Michael Carter-Williams (15/5/5), struggles for Marquese Chriss (-13 in 21 minutes, 2/8 FG), and success with Carmelo Anthony (16 points, 6/9 FG) at center.
34 min
174
Matt Bullard on CP3's strong start, MCW's poten...
Television analyst Matt Bullard joins Ben DuBose to break down an encouraging start to Houston's preseason, including a strong debut from Chris Paul, encouraging signs from Michael Carter-Williams and Carmelo Anthony, officiating quirks, and much more.
22 min
175
Memphis recap: On Melo's successful debut, a li...
Ben reacts to Houston's 131-115 win in the preseason opener, headlined by brilliance from CP3 and a successful debut for good friend Carmelo Anthony; a strong bench showing from Eric Gordon; and flashes from Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss.
27 min
176
On Hartenstein vs. Chriss, an opening for Carte...
Monday's show explores a potential battle for backup center minutes between Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss; an early preseason opportunity for Michael Carter-Williams; and the latest on trade talks with Minnesota for Jimmy Butler.
36 min
177
Is Houston in the driver’s seat for Jimmy Butler?
Friday’s show breaks down new reports on Houston's “strong effort” to trade for Jimmy Butler, along with analysis of the rave reviews drawn by newcomer James Ennis at training camp.
31 min
178
Craig Ackerman on Gordon potentially starting, ...
Craig Ackerman joins Ben DuBose to dissect the major Houston storylines entering preseason play, including the potential of starting Eric Gordon, important weeks for Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss, the role of Carmelo Anthony, and more.
32 min
179
Media Day highlights
Monday's show recaps Rockets Media Day highlights, including candid comments from Carmelo Anthony regarding his new role, high praise for the leadership of P.J. Tucker, and an extended chat with owner Tilman Fertitta regarding his luxury-tax philosophy.
29 min
180
Jimmy Butler FAQs
With Woj listing Houston as a potential trade suitor for Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, our Ben DuBose explains the reasons for the Rockets' interest and the mechanisms (Eric Gordon?) at Daryl Morey's disposal to bring the All-Star swingman to Houston.
34 min
181
Training camp preview: On new roster additions,...
Chris Gordy and Adam Clanton preview next week’s Media Day and training camp, with topics including new roster additions such as Brandon Knight and James Ennis; Carmelo Anthony’s first interview in Houston; and the potential pursuit of Jimmy Butler.
42 min
182
On Bzdelik's retirement, Rosas interviewing wit...
Chris Gordy and Ross Villarreal fill in for Ben, with topics including the retirement of top assistant Jeff Bzdelik; visits from No. 2 executive Gersson Rosas to Philly; and rumors surrounding Corey Brewer, Chris Paul's potential usage, and more.
31 min
183
Houston takeaways from SI's Top 100 NBA Players...
Thursday's show features an update on the start of training camp and reaction to SI's Top 100 NBA Players list, including the rankings of key Rockets (Harden #4, Paul #8, Capela #35, Gordon at #49) and the rarity of that type of foundation in the NBA.
29 min
184
Exploring new offseason commentary from Daryl M...
Tuesday's show explores new comments from GM Daryl Morey regarding the acquisition of Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, the Rockets' summer workouts in the Bahamas, and the potential for further roster moves in the weeks and months ahead.
35 min
185
Key storylines as Rockets begin Bahamas workouts
What (or who) is most intriguing about this week's Rockets workouts in the Bahamas? Robert Land joins Ben to discuss that and more, including the importance of 2018-19 for James Harden, strategies to keep CP3 healthy, and how best to replace Trevor Ariza.
34 min
186
Longer-term perspective on the Knight, Chriss t...
Following the shocking Ryan Anderson trade, Monday's show explores the deal’s deeper ramifications, including luxury tax impacts, future trade value, Eric Gordon’s potential new role, why Houston dealt De’Anthony Melton, and the importance of physicals.
32 min
187
BREAKING: Anderson, Melton traded to Suns for K...
Thursday night's episode features immediate reaction to Houston's shocking trade of veteran forward Ryan Anderson and rookie guard De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for guard Brandon Knight and young big man Marquese Chriss,
25 min
188
On Houston vs. Utah, and key early September NB...
Thursday's show explores the flaws behind a projection from ESPN's Kevin Pelton ranking Utah ahead of Houston for this coming season, along with an examination of two key September deadlines on the NBA calendar and what they mean for the Rockets.
32 min
189
By the Numbers: Previewing the 2018-19 Rockets ...
NBA writer and podcast host Josh Lloyd joins Tuesday's show to preview the 2018-19 Rockets from a fantasy basketball perspective and beyond, with hits on individuals including James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Carmelo Anthony, and many more.
46 min
190
On Melton's contract status, Ryan Anderson rumo...
Thursday's show explores the latest developments in the trade market for Ryan Anderson; the status of negotiations with second-round rookie guard De'Anthony Melton; and flawed narratives evaluating Houston's offseason.
39 min
191
Can Carmelo Anthony still be an elite offensive...
Analytics consultant Steve Shea explains why he believes better shot selection could help Carmelo Anthony regain his status as an elite offensive player, along with insight on why Houston often succeeds in convincing players to take more efficient shots.
27 min
192
Can any West team besides Golden State threaten...
With the offseason mostly over, Thursday's show looks around the NBA and explores potential Western Conference threats to the 2018-19 Rockets beyond just Golden State — with particular emphasis on Oklahoma City, Utah, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
34 min
193
Melo signs in Houston, shows willingness to com...
Monday's show recaps the official signing of Carmelo Anthony and a report that Anthony is expected to come off the bench in Houston this season, with insight on why Melo's change in perspective regarding a bench role is important.
32 min
194
Instant reaction to the 2018-19 schedule release
Karthik Prasad joins Ben DuBose for complete analysis of the 2018-19 Rockets schedule, including a home opener vs. New Orleans, a Christmas showdown with Oklahoma City, 38 nationally televised games, and how the schedule might influence roster decisions.
30 min
195
Carmelo Anthony commits + further offseason opt...
Tuesday's show explores the news of Carmelo Anthony's official commitment to Houston and the ensuing steps; more evidence that Melo's struggles in OKC weren't related to his mentality; and whether a Ryan Anderson trade could still come this offseason.
36 min
196
On Houston's lure to Carmelo Anthony, and what ...
Carmelo Anthony is almost officially a Rocket, but how much game does he have left? NBA insider Jesus Rodriguez, who reported in 2017 on Anthony's desire to join Houston, explains what lured the veteran to the Rockets and how good he still can be.
32 min
197
Finances of a potential Ryan Anderson trade thi...
Tuesday's show explores the potential pathways to a future Ryan Anderson trade and the financial ramifications of each, including why a trade for a contract also expiring in 2020 is the likely play.
32 min
198
Rockets re-sign Clint Capela, lock up "Big 3" t...
Friday's show features immediate reaction to the news of 24-year-old center Clint Capela re-signing with the Rockets on a 5-year, $90M deal, with insight from Rockets radio network host Adam Clanton.
31 min
199
On Carmelo's interview, using MLE for prospects...
Thursday's show examines new comments from Carmelo Anthony about his priorities; Isaiah Hartenstein signing for a portion of Houston's MLE; and the role of the "Mbah a Moute test" in judging Daryl Morey’s plan to roll over the MLE until buyout season.
34 min
200
Implications of a potential minimum salary for ...
Monday's show explores the report from the NYT’s Marc Stein that Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with Houston for the veteran minimum’s salary ($2.4M) instead of the Taxpayer MLE — and the ramifications that it has for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
28 min
201
Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony...
Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta joins the show to explain why he believes Carmelo Anthony would be a better fit with the Rockets than the Thunder, including how Chris Paul and James Harden could be better teammates for Melo than Russell Westbrook.
42 min
202
Summer League recap: On Melton, Hartenstein vs....
In our Summer League recap, Ben breaks down the brilliance from rookie guard De'Anthony Melton, the contrast between bigs Isaiah Hartenstein and Zhou Qi, and a plethora of young wings (Danuel House, R.J. Hunter, Vincent Edwards, and Deng Adel).
35 min
203
On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo r...
Wednesday's show features reaction to Houston's signing of 28-year-old swingman James Ennis to a minimum contract, along with news of the Rockets remaining in strong position to add Carmelo Anthony. Our Ben DuBose is joined by Karthik Prasad for analysis.
31 min
204
On Luc Mbah a Moute's departure, Carmelo's loom...
Monday’s show explores the departure of forward Luc Mbah a Moute and the sudden need for more perimeter defense; the seemingly imminent addition of Carmelo Anthony; and early Summer League standouts, such as Isaiah Hartenstein and De'Anthony Melton.
34 min
205
On Houston's alleged interest in Carmelo Anthony
Friday's show explores reports of the Rockets' interest in pending free agent Carmelo Anthony, including analysis from Sirius XM and NBA TV's Brian Geltzeiler about why many of Anthony's problems in Oklahoma City might not be the case in Houston.
32 min
206
On minor deals, Summer League play, and slow ma...
Thursday's show explores the slow markets in free agency for Clint Capela and Luc Mbah a Moute; the addition of guard Michael Carter-Williams; new contracts for rookies Vincent Edwards and Gary Clark; upcoming Summer League play; and a Nick Young rumor.
30 min
207
Why Golden State adding Boogie doesn't change H...
Tuesday's show explores why the Warriors adding Boogie Cousins for the Taxpayer MLE (~$5.3M) doesn't greatly change the Rockets’ outlook or approach, with analysis on potential negative scenarios for Golden State and why Cousins wasn't a fit in Houston.
32 min
208
Exploring the silence in the Clint Capela, Taxp...
Monday’s show explores the relative silence surrounding Clint Capela and possible Taxpayer MLE (~$5.3M annual salary) targets for Houston on Day 2 of free agency, along with analysis of LeBron James’ move to the Lakers and its impact on the Rockets.
34 min
209
On the loss of Trevor Ariza and new deals for C...
Sunday morning's show features reaction to a busy first night of free agency, including the re-signings of Chris Paul and Gerald Green and the shocking departure of veteran forward Trevor Ariza to Phoenix. How can Houston replace his production? Tune in!
34 min
210
With LeBron and PG likely off the board, what's...
With LeBron James and Paul George each opting out, it’s unlikely either will join the Rockets. What’s next? Friday’s show explores the options, including the status of Houston’s own free agents (CP3, Capela, Ariza) and whether to extend Eric Gordon.
36 min
211
What ESPN's story on LeBron, Kawhi, and LA mean...
Wednesday's show explores potential ripple effects for LeBron James and the Rockets from ESPN's "Pressure mounting on Lakers to acquire Kawhi Leonard from Spurs" story, including why the emphasis on Friday's opt-in deadline could bode well for Houston.
31 min
212
On James Harden’s MVP win and his personal growth
In Tuesday's show, Ben reflects on the MVP award presented to James Harden on Monday night and explains its historic significance — including why fans should feel much more positively about Harden in June 2018 relative to June 2017.
33 min
213
Draft guru Patrick Oxford scouts the newest Roc...
Draft expert Patrick Oxford breaks down the five newest Rockets, including Round 2 picks De'Anthony Melton (G, USC) and Vince Edwards (F, Purdue), as well as undrafted rookies Rob Gray (G, Houston), Trevon Duval (G, Duke), and Gary Clark (F, Cincinnati).
29 min
214
Houston drafts USC guard De'Anthony Melton, Pur...
Thursday's show features immediate reaction to Houston's selection of USC guard De'Anthony Melton with their No. 46 pick in the second round of the NBA draft and a trade for Purdue forward Vince Edwards at No. 52 overall.
20 min
215
On draft strategies, finances, and ripple effec...
Wednesday's show explores ripple effects in Houston from the Howard-Mozgov swap and other trade rumors ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft. Other topics include draft strategies, finances, and the importance of the draft’s passing for Houston’s trade offers.
33 min
216
How recent Kawhi, Ariza, and LeBron reports may...
Sunday's show explores how recent NBA rumors could impact the 2018-19 Rockets, headlined by Kawhi Leonard's desire for a trade out of San Antonio; the large contract reportedly sought by Trevor Ariza; and alleged LeBron James sightings around Houston.
34 min
217
On LeBron and PG, potential secondary targets, ...
In Thursday's show, Ben discusses the news (or lack thereof) surrounding potential free agents LeBron James and Paul George, possible targets for Houston if both go elsewhere, and an early look at draft considerations with the No. 46 overall pick.
34 min
218
On the latest Ryan Anderson rumor and LeBron's ...
In Monday’s show, Ben explains the latest report of the Rockets aggressively looking to trade or even buy out Ryan Anderson while also previewing the potential next steps for LeBron James after Cleveland’s loss to Golden State in the NBA Finals.
35 min
219
Weekly roundup: On the LeBron, DeAndre Jordan r...
In Friday's show, Ben explores the latest round of rumors linking potential FAs LeBron James and DeAndre Jordan to the Rockets, along with thoughts on James Harden's MVP awards and why the publicity could bode well for GM Daryl Morey entering free agency.
33 min
220
Even at the max, why re-signing CP3 and Capela ...
In Tuesday's show, Ben reiterates why free agents Chris Paul and Clint Capela are must re-signs for the Rockets with or without LeBron James — and even if each demands a "max" contract.
30 min
221
What's next if LeBron or Paul George doesn't ha...
In Monday’s show, Ben explores Houston’s 2018 offseason options below the previously discussed top tier of free agents (LeBron James, Paul George) — along with the possible roles of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson in pursuing such talent.
32 min
222
Deconstructing the flawed narratives against Le...
In Saturday's show, Ben explores key flaws in three of the arguments most commonly used (basketball fit, West vs. East, and making a decision before July) against LeBron James joining the Rockets this summer.
27 min
223
On Morey’s presser comments, Paul George, and t...
In Wednesday's show, Ben reacts to the offseason comments from GM Daryl Morey at his end-of-season press conference and explains why Houston's margin of error in the West is greater than some believe. Other topics include whether Paul George is an option.
35 min
224
Season ends as shooters go ice cold in Paul-les...
With Chris Paul out injured and Houston shooting just 7-of-44 on 3s, Golden State won the decisive Game 7 of the West Finals, 101-92. Our recap offers takeaways on those angles and much more, led by why the home loss was so crushing and what comes next.
38 min
225
Game 7 set as Warriors hold serve in Game 6
James Harden (32/9/7) and Eric Gordon (19) provided scoring punch, but an onslaught by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson (combined 64 points, 50% FG) was too much in a Game 6 romp at Golden State. Ben offers his takeaways, led by why Game 7 can be different.
31 min
226
Chris Paul injury FAQs
In Friday's show, our Ben DuBose addresses many of the common questions regarding the hamstring injury to Chris Paul — including who could replace his rotation minutes in Game 6 and his potential availability for a Game 7 and beyond.
34 min
227
One win away: On a gritty Game 5 victory, and C...
Eric Gordon led Houston with 24 points while Chris Paul scored 18 of his 20 in the second half, leading to a 98-94 home win over the Warriors in Game 5 and a 3-2 series edge. Our recap explores the key storylines, including CP3’s late hamstring injury.
32 min
228
Adam Clanton on Game 4's historic context, Hard...
Rockets radio network host Adam Clanton joins us to reflect on Houston’s epic comeback in Game 4 at Golden State; the likely environment for Game 5 at Toyota Center; and whether Chris Paul, James Harden, and the Rockets can close out the defending champs.
35 min
229
Paul, Harden's Rockets show championship heart ...
Led by 57 points from Chris Paul and James Harden (46% FG), Houston overcame a double-digit deficit entering Q4 at Oracle Arena to defeat the defending champion Warriors in Game 4, 95-92, tying the West Finals at 2-2. Ben offers his initial thoughts here.
32 min
230
Curry, Warriors flatten Rockets in discouraging...
Chris Paul and James Harden (combined 12-of-32 FG) each struggled while Steph Curry (35 points, 13-of-23 FG) and Kevin Durant were elite, leading Golden State to a 126-85 romp in Game 3 on Sunday night. Ben offers his immediate takeaways in Sunday’s show.
30 min
231
Game 3 preview with play-by-play broadcaster Cr...
Radio/TV broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us from California to preview WCF Game 3 between the Rockets and Warriors. Topics include Eric Gordon’s improved play, the difficulty of playing in Oracle Arena, Houston’s impressive road composure, and much more!
34 min
232
The 30K foot view, Part 2: Where things stand a...
Friday's show updates the health of CP3 and Mbah a Moute and takes a broader look at where the Rockets and Warriors are after two games. Topics include what games Houston must take to win the series — along with the implications if they do not.
33 min
233
Tucker, Gordon spark Game 2 blowout as Rockets ...
P.J. Tucker (career-high 22) and Eric Gordon (27 points, +29) led a spectacular effort on both ends of the court in Game 2, sparking a 127-105 win over Golden State. Our recap breaks it down, led by the latest evidence of how Houston excels vs. adversity.
33 min
234
Taking a 30,000-foot view of the Game 1 loss
In Tuesday's off-day episode, Ben explores some bigger-picture concerns (depth, isolation play, Playoff Eric Gordon) from Houston's Game 1 loss to the Warriors from the standpoint of roster composition and what it means for GM Daryl Morey moving forward.
31 min
235
Harden's brilliance can't offset depth woes, Du...
James Harden was spectacular with 41 points (14-of-24 FG), but Houston just didn't have enough firepower to deal with a combined 83 points on > 50% shooting from Kevin Durant (37), Klay Thompson (28), and Steph Curry (18). Why Game 2 is now a must-win:
31 min
236
Three WCF keys for the Rockets, and a prediction
In Sunday's show, Ben gives his three biggest Xs and Os keys for the West Finals — including the role of Clint Capela in controlling pace, the importance of James Harden attacking the rim, and why it's vital not to lose Klay Thompson on the defensive end.
43 min
237
Bobby Brown on his exit from Houston and how to...
Former Rockets guard Bobby Brown joins us to break down the looming matchup in the West Finals between Houston and Golden State. Topics include his departure from Houston, the chemistry in the locker room, and an Xs and Os look at how the Rockets can win.
27 min
238
Matt Bullard on CP3's career game and matching ...
TV analyst Matt Bullard joins our Ben DuBose to reflect on Chris Paul's career night in the Game 5 clincher vs. Utah and preview the upcoming showdown between the No. 1 Rockets and No. 2 Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
34 min
239
Ryan Anderson FAQ
In Wednesday's show, Ben examines several frequently asked questions about Ryan Anderson — including his sudden absence from the Rockets’ playoff rotation, whether he can potentially be traded this summer, and his future role in 2018-19 and beyond.
36 min
240
Rockets advance to West Finals behind CP3's car...
Chris Paul (41/10) and P.J. Tucker (19/6) each set playoff career-highs in scoring as the Rockets clinched the series over Utah in Game 5. With the win, Houston secured its first trip to the West Finals since 2015, and the first of CP3’s storied career.
33 min
241
Game 4 recap: Paul, Capela lift tougher Rockets...
James Harden (8-of-22, 8 TOs) had an off night, but Chris Paul (27/12/6) and Clint Capela (12/15, 6 blocks) picked up the slack as Houston grinded out a 100-87 win to move within one game of the West Finals. Our recap explains what we learned from Game 4!
31 min
242
Guards lead Game 3 blowout as Rockets assert co...
After a poor start to Game 2, the Rockets flipped it in Game 3 with a 30-point edge in the first half at Utah, leading to a 113-92 victory. Our recap hits the highlights, including adjustments by D’Antoni, great defense, and the emergence of Eric Gordon.
33 min
243
Game 3 preview: How to fix issues with depth, d...
Ben previews Game 3 at Utah with a look at the main Game 2 problems (stopping dribble penetration, low 3-point attempts) and how to fix them, including the pros and cons of options on Houston’s suddenly struggling bench (Mbah a Moute, Green, Anderson).
34 min
244
Harden's 32 not enough as another poor start do...
James Harden (32/11) had a strong showing, but a 19-point deficit in Game 2 proved difficult to overcome as Houston fell to Utah, 116-108. In our recap, Ben explores yet another inexplicably slow start, key adjustments by Quin Snyder, and much more.
29 min
245
Brian Geltzeiler on how and why the 2018 Rocket...
National NBA media personality Brian Geltzeiler joins Ben to dissect why the 2018 Rockets are special, with topics including how James Harden and Chris Paul have made Mike D’Antoni’s offense more diverse; Clint Capela’s offseason market; and much more.
31 min
246
Harden leads spectacular shooting display in Ga...
James Harden (41/8/7) was dominant as the red-hot Rockets (17-of-32 from 3) raced ahead of Utah in Game 1 of Round 2 and never looked back in a 110-96 romp. Our recap examines all the storylines, including a suffocating defensive showing when it mattered.
36 min
247
Mbah a Moute nears return, and David Locke prev...
Saturday’s show features reaction to the potentially imminent return of injured forward Luc Mbah a Moute, followed by an interview with Utah broadcaster David Locke to preview the Round 2 series between the Rockets and Jazz beginning Sunday in Houston.
41 min
248
Potential Round 2, WCF, and offseason storylines
With Houston awaiting its Round 2 fate, Thursday’s show explores the pros and cons of Utah and OKC; what to watch for when the Warriors (and Curry?) play New Orleans; and how other series may shape the future availability of LeBron James and Paul George.
41 min
249
Balanced effort closes out Minnesota as Capela ...
Clint Capela (26/15) and James Harden (24/12) each posted double-doubles in Houston’s Game 5 clincher vs. Minnesota. We break it all down, including a series-best shooting night (41% behind the arc) and whether OKC or Utah is the ideal Round 2 opponent.
34 min
250
Harden, CP3 lead historic run in Game 4 rout at...
James Harden and Chris Paul tallied 61 points on 49% shooting, leading Houston on a 71-30 run during a 119-100 beatdown of Minnesota in Game 4. Our recap breaks it all down, led by the importance of Harden's Rockets showing heart when facing adversity.
28 min
251
Defense regresses, Gordon's slump lingers as Wo...
James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 46 points and 13 assists on 50% FG, but Houston lost a disappointing Game 3 by 16 points amid woeful defense, great shooting from Minnesota (15-of-27 on 3s), and another poor showing from Eric Gordon (5-of-16 FG).
33 min
252
Game 3 preview, and primary takeaways through t...
With Houston up 2-0 in its Round 1 series and heading to Minnesota for Saturday’s Game 3, Karthik Prasad joins our Ben DuBose to dissect the key storylines through two games — led by elite defense and turbulent showings from James Harden and Chris Paul.
35 min
253
Paul bounces back, Green blasts off as Rockets ...
Chris Paul (27/8) bounced back from a poor Game 1 showing, Gerald Green (21/12) brought big energy off the bench, and Houston collectively put on a defensive clinic in a 102-82 Game 2 win over Minnesota to go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven playoff series.
27 min
254
Craig Ackerman on Game 1 takeaways and Game 2 a...
Play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us to recap Houston's Game 1 victory and brilliant showings by James Harden (44/8) and Clint Capela (24/12), along with a look at possible adjustments both the Rockets and Timberwolves could make for Game 2.
33 min
255
Harden shows MVP mettle as Rockets survive Game 1
It wasn't aesthetically pleasing, but James Harden (44/8) and Clint Capela (24/12) had just enough to lead the top-seeded Rockets to a 104-101 win in Game 1 of their series with No. 8 Minnesota in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs. Tune in for Ben’s reaction!
28 min
256
Early analysis on the Round 1 matchup with Minn...
With Minnesota clinching the West's No. 8 seed, Locked on Timberwolves host Colton Molesky joins us for a Round 1 preview, including initial thoughts on how the Wolves (47-35) match up with the Rockets (65-16). Houston went 4-0 vs. Minnesota this year.
34 min
257
On the Luc Mbah a Moute injury and finale night...
Wednesday's show features immediate reaction to the Luc Mbah a Moute injury news and a preview of the NBA's finale night games and the playoff scenario implications for the top-seeded Rockets (65-16) in Round 1 and Round 2.
31 min
258
On Harden, D'Antoni, and their playoff legacies
MVP frontrunner James Harden and reigning NBA Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni each have their share of playoff skeptics, but is it warranted? In Monday's show, Ben explains why many of the "choking" narratives are overblown and why nuance is important.
38 min
259
Playoff test: Thunder show urgency in snapping ...
Our recap explores the key storylines, including the highlights (43/18 from Harden, Paul) of those who played, the roles of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson’s absences, and who Houston's likely Round 1 playoff opponent is with only four days left to go.
30 min
260
Refreshed CP3 holds off Blazers + Kyrie Irving ...
Chris Paul (27 points, 58% FG) and James Harden (24/7/6) led the Rockets (64-15) to a win over Portland (48-31). Thursday’s show includes game analysis + a look at the season-ending injury to Boston’s Kyrie Irving and potential ripple effects in Houston.
36 min
261
Harden bounces back, Green secures playoff role...
James Harden (38/10/9) returned to MVP form with a 12-of-18 shooting night as the Rockets (63-15) bounced back from a rare loss Sunday with a 120-104 beatdown of the Wizards on Tuesday at Toyota Center. Our recap examines the key storylines from the win!
22 min
262
With top record secure, Spurs ground Rockets as...
Our postgame show explores the key takeaways from Sunday’s loss, led by importance of Chris Paul vs. the San Antonio defense; ongoing struggles for Harden from three-point range; and the significance of Gerald Green again playing ahead of Joe Johnson.
25 min
263
Late heroics from Green, Harden keep winning st...
Despite a combined 2-of-15 start, guards James Harden (28/10/8) and Gerald Green (15 points) each had dagger 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds on Friday, rallying the Rockets to a 104-103 win over the Suns and extending the winning streak to 11 games.
32 min
264
Interview: CEO Tad Brown on Houston's dominant ...
Longtime CEO Tad Brown joins our Ben DuBose for an exclusive Q&A, with topics including the importance of clinching home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, working for new owner Tilman Fertitta, keeping core players in Houston long-term, and more.
35 min
265
Three unanswered questions with the playoff rot...
In Thursday's off-day show, Ben explores three unanswered questions with the playoff rotation — including Gerald Green vs. Joe Johnson for the final wing spot, Ryan Anderson vs. Nene at backup center, and whether Eric Gordon is part of the closing lineup.
31 min
266
No Harden, no problem: EG stays hot, CP3 return...
Eric Gordon was red hot with 31 points (11-of-17 FG) and CP3 (13/10) returned after a week’s absence as the Harden-less Rockets (61-14) extended their streak by routing Chicago. Our recap breaks it down, including the role of blowouts in managing minutes.
28 min
267
Gordon, Green soar past Hawks as No. 1 spot bec...
Gerald Green (25) and Eric Gordon (22) led the scoring, while James Harden (18/15/10) posted a triple-double as Houston (60-14) rolled to an easy home win vs. Atlanta. Our recap explores the key angles, including an insurmountable lead for the No. 1 seed.
32 min
268
Matt Bullard on a record-setting win, Capela's ...
Matt Bullard joins Ben to analyze Saturday's big win over the Pelicans and related topics, including Capela's dominance vs. elite bigs; why the 1993-94 Rockets are happy to see the 2017-18 squad break their wins record; Gordon’s resurgence; and much more.
32 min
269
Gordon, Harden power Rockets in ugly win vs. De...
Eric Gordon (22/5) led Houston in a lethargic 100-96 win on Thursday over Detroit, while James Harden scored 10 of his 21 in the decisive OT period. With the win, the Rockets (57-14) remain 5 games up on Golden State and Toronto for the NBA’s top record.
29 min
270
More layups: Harden, CP3 outclass Lillard, McCo...
James Harden closed the door on the MVP race with a 42-point performance in Portland as the Rockets (57-14) ended the Blazers' 13-game streak. With the win, the Rockets effectively boosted their lead over Golden State to five games with only 11 to play.
27 min
271
Craig Ackerman on the weekend sweep, Portland v...
Craig Ackerman sheds light on a number of topics, including Tuesday's Rockets-Blazers game; whether Houston is better off playing Portland or OKC in the playoffs; lessons learned from a weekend road sweep; and when Mike D'Antoni might rest players.
44 min
272
Harden leads weekend road sweep as No. 1 seed n...
Despite a road back-to-back vs. likely playoff-bound opponents, the Rockets (56-14) moved closer to securing the West’s No. 1 seed by defeating Minnesota and New Orleans. Our recap offers key takeaways, including the latest MVP showcase for James Harden.
39 min
273
Capela, Gordon lead division-clinching rally vs...
The Rockets (54-14) clinched the Southwest in Thursday’s win over LA, led by a 19/12/6 line from Clint Capela vs. DeAndre Jordan. It's the sixth division title for Houston, also boosted by seven Eric Gordon 3s and a late dagger from James Harden (24/7).
33 min
274
West standings update
With the Rockets (53-14) off, Wednesday's show explores the various playoff races as the season winds down. Topics include the importance of the No. 1 seed; why Portland may be a tougher Round 2 opponent than OKC; and ranking potential Round 1 opponents.
39 min
275
Harden returns, leads win over Spurs as No. 1 l...
James Harden returned from a one-game absence with 28 points as the Rockets dominated a Texas rival for a second night, defeating the Spurs 109-93. With the win, Houston (53-14) extends its lead for the NBA’s best record to two games plus the tiebreaker.
30 min
276
Locked in: Paul, Gordon pace offense as D suffo...
Even without James Harden, the Rockets (52-14) and Chris Paul (24/12) bounced back from Friday's loss with a 105-82 rout in Dallas. Our recap breaks it all down, including a superb defensive showing and what Golden State’s losing streak means for No. 1.
32 min
277
Streak ends: Harden's heroics can't rescue Rock...
In a possible NBA Finals preview, the Rockets' valiant comeback fell just short Friday in a 108-105 loss in Toronto. MVP frontrunner James Harden scored 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting, but Kyle Lowry nearly matched him with 30 points on 10-of-14 FG .
37 min
278
Fear the Rockets: Houston holds off Bucks on ro...
The Rockets (51-13) extended their streak to an NBA-best 17 games with a workmanlike 110-99 win at Milwaukee on a back-to-back. Our recap examines the highlights, including how James Harden (26 points) made plays at key moments on both ends of the floor.
33 min
279
Sweet Sixteen: CP3 shoots Houston to NBA's long...
Chris Paul led the way with 25 points as the Rockets (50-13) won their 16th straight game with a 122-112 victory at OKC. Our recap examines all the key storylines, including how Houston made an important statement in knocking off the star-studded Thunder.
30 min
280
Gordon leads gritty effort as Rockets secure 15...
The Rockets (49-13) won their 15th consecutive game with a stirring comeback Saturday night vs. Boston (44-20), led by 29 points off the bench from Eric Gordon, 17 rebounds from Clint Capela, and a 16-7 closing kick in the final three minutes.
35 min
281
14 straight: Harden gets revenge as Capela, Gor...
Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each returned from illness absences with 22 points, and James Harden finished with 25 points and one filthy crossover on Wesley Johnson as the Rockets (48-13) extended their streak to 14 with a 105-92 win in Los Angeles.
37 min
282
Matt Thomas on the winning streak, road vibes, ...
Road play-by-play broadcaster and home PA announcer Matt Thomas joins the show from Los Angeles, where he updates the Rockets' health (Eric Gordon, Clint Capela) and dissects all the major trends heading into Wednesday night’s late game vs. the Clippers.
29 min
283
Rockets silence Jazz to avert feared schedule loss
Mike D'Antoni and James Harden, defensive? You bet. On night two of a road back-to-back at high altitude, the Rockets (46-13) held the previously red-hot Jazz to just 85 points and extended their winning streak to 13. Here’s a recap of how they did it:
23 min
284
Harden's latest MVP night elevates Rockets in D...
MVP frontrunner James Harden was spectacular with 41 points (55% FG, 60% on 3s, 81% FT) as the Rockets (46-13) extended their winning streak to 12 with a 119-114 triumph at likely playoff-bound Denver. Our recap breaks down how the Rockets got it done:
28 min
285
Capela, bench spark Rockets as streak reaches 11
The Rockets (45-13) trailed early but pulled away late for their 11th straight victory with an 120-102 win over Minnesota (36-26). Our recap explores how they did it, led by huge showings from Clint Capela (25/11) inside and the bench without Eric Gordon.
26 min
286
Post All-Star break preview with Karthik Prasad
In Thursday's show, Karthik Prasad joins our Ben DuBose for a big-picture discussion of what we've learned about the Rockets (44-13) so far and what's likely to come over the next 25 games as they battle the Warriors (44-14) for the West's No. 1 seed.
37 min
287
Ranking Houston's possible first-round playoff ...
Tuesday's show ranks potential first-round playoff matchups from most to least favorable for the Rockets, including a look at the most reasonable tier (Nuggets, Pelicans, Clippers, Jazz, Blazers) and the less likely group (Spurs, Wolves, Thunder).
49 min
288
Houston grabs NBA's best record after defeating...
The Rockets (44-13) defeated the Kings to run their winning streak to 10 and later moved into the NBA’s No. 1 spot after a Golden State loss. This episode recaps the Sacramento game and the importance of grabbing the pole position at the All-Star break.
40 min
289
#RoadRyno returns as Rockets extend winning str...
Ryan Anderson (21 points) sparked Houston with six three-pointers off the bench as Houston (43-13) rallied from an early 13-point road deficit to defeat Minnesota, extending its winning streak to nine and 13 in 14 games since James Harden's return.
32 min
290
Houston > Dallas, and Dave Hardisty on the two ...
Monday's show explores how Chris Paul (25/9/8, +22) snapped the Rockets (42-13) out of an early funk in their latest victory over rival Dallas, along with a chat with ClutchFans owner Dave Hardisty on the additions of Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright.
33 min
291
Utah's David Locke on what Joe Johnson can brin...
With veteran swingman Joe Johnson agreeing to join the Rockets, Jazz play-by-play broadcaster David Locke joins me to explore what the seven-time NBA All-Star still has left in the tank at 36 years old, along with where he could find minutes in Houston.
35 min
292
On Capela's career night, the Brandan Wright ad...
Led by a monster 23/25 night from Clint Capela and 28/11 from James Harden, Houston cruised past Denver on Friday. Our postgame show offers analysis on the game, the signing of veteran center Brandan Wright, and a LeBron update after the trade deadline.
54 min
293
Reasons for optimism on Joe Johnson to Houston
Brian Windhorst reports that Houston could have a deal lined up with veteran swingman Joe Johnson. After taking a deeper look at Johnson’s 2018 numbers, Ben explains why he’s become more bullish on the possibility along with a look at the potential fit.
35 min
294
Recapping an unlikely win in Miami and previewi...
James Harden and Chris Paul had 65 points on over 50% shooting in Miami as the undermanned Rockets (40-13) finished off a perfect road trip with a stunning 109-101 victory. Our recap show praises their brilliance and previews Thursday’s trade deadline.
55 min
295
Harden sets milestone as Rockets burn nets in B...
Led by 36 points from James Harden, the Rockets survived a valiant effort by the Nets and blew open Tuesday's game late in a 123-113 win at Brooklyn. Ben breaks down all the key storylines, headlined by very efficient nights from Harden and Chris Paul.
29 min
296
Craig Ackerman on the revived defense, buyout o...
Craig Ackerman joins us to discuss Houston’s revived defense and the roles of James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute in it; injury updates on Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza; buyout strategies; and how CP3 and Ryan Anderson are boosting the offense’s diversity.
40 min
297
Chris Paul shows off at LeBron's home as Rocket...
Led by Chris Paul (+47) and Ryan Anderson (+39), the Rockets posted one of their biggest statement wins yet with a 120-88 victory over LeBron James’ Cavs in Cleveland on Saturday. Was it a successful recruiting pitch? Ben discusses that and much more:
55 min
298
#RoadRyno returns as Harden, Capela-led D spurs...
James Harden led the way with 28 points and 11 assists while Ryan Anderson, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela each had key moments, allowing the Rockets (37-13) to cruise to a 102-91 win in San Antonio over the rival Spurs (34-20). Tune in for our recap!
34 min
299
Harden's historic brilliance overcomes wave of ...
James Harden led the Rockets (36-13) with a franchise-record 60 points (19-of-30 FG) as Houston won for the sixth time in seven games since his return with a 114-107 home victory vs. Orlando. Hear Ben’s analysis of a historic Tuesday at Toyota Center!
33 min
300
What the Blake Griffin trade means for Houston ...
The Clippers traded Blake Griffin, so what does that mean for the Rockets? Tuesday's show features reaction from Detroit and LA, along with Ben’s take on how the deal boosts Houston's playoff odds and why it chips away at the anti-Chris Paul narratives.
50 min
301
Harden takes over in choppy matinee vs. Phoenix
James Harden led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Rockets (35-13) bounced back from Friday's tough loss in New Orleans with a 113-102 victory over the Suns on Sunday, representing Houston's fifth win in six games since Harden's return.
31 min
302
Ryan Anderson's defensive limitations on displa...
Led by 38 from Chris Paul, the Rockets (34-13) put up a valiant comeback Friday after going down 21 in New Orleans. But the early deficit and defensive woes were too much to overcome as Houston's rally came up just short in a 115-113 loss. Our analysis:
44 min
303
On Paul's All-Star snub, Capela vs. KD, and a P...
In Thursday's episode, Pelicans' writers Preston Ellis and Oleh Kosel help us preview Friday's game. We also explore whether Chris Paul was an All-Star snub and why Clint Capela was justified in his recent comments on being "better" than the Warriors.
44 min
304
Shooters shoot: Harden, Ariza, Gordon hit 15 th...
James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Rockets (34-12) cruised through Dallas to win for the ninth time in 12 games. Our recap explores the key angles, including a three-point barrage in which Harden, Ariza, and Gordon combined for 15 made 3s.
29 min
305
Clutch City: Harden, defense lead way as Housto...
It was often ugly, but James Harden (28 points) and the Rockets (33-12) secured a perfect homestand with a 99-90 win over Miami. Our recap explores Harden’s continued recovery from injury, yet another positive showing from the defense, and much more.
34 min
306
Rockets secure season series from Warriors as P...
Chris Paul scored a game-high 33 points, while James Harden had two MVP moments in the final 80 seconds as Houston (32-12) completed a stirring comeback to defeat the Warriors and secure the season series. Our celebratory postgame show breaks it all down.
31 min
307
Rockets re-launch as healthy returnees lift Pau...
The Rockets (31-12) had one of their finest wins in weeks with a 116-98 win over Minnesota (29-18), as Chris Paul and Eric Gordon had their usual strong production supplemented by a deeper supporting cast with the return of Harden, Nene, and Mbah a Moute.
24 min
308
Exploring the Timberwolves matchup with Minneso...
In Thursday's show, our Ben DuBose gets together with Locked on Timberwolves host Colton Molesky to explore the Rockets-Timberwolves matchups and why it could very well be a playoff preview.
35 min
309
On Harden's return, the Ariza/Green suspensions...
Wednesday's show explores the imminent return of James Harden to the Houston lineup, along with continued postgame fallout from Monday in Los Angeles and a look at the latest rumors linking Clipper big man DeAndre Jordan to the Rockets.
43 min
310
Fight night: How the Rockets' best shot wasn't ...
The Rockets (30-12) had a three-game winning streak snapped in LA on Monday in a game marred by Blake Griffin's apparent intentional contact with Mike D'Antoni and a postgame skirmish between players. Is it a playoff preview? Our postgame show explores:
35 min
311
5 of 7: Led by Flyin' Ryan, veteran forwards bo...
The Rockets (30-11) cruised in Phoenix, extending their Harden-less run to five wins in their last seven. This show explores the latest win and how improvements from Ariza, Ryan Anderson, and Tucker offset subpar nights from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green.
32 min
312
4 of 6: Paul, Gordon outduel Lillard, McCollum ...
Chris Paul and Eric Gordon combined for 67 points Wednesday and outgunned one of the NBA's best backcourts in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (53 points), leading Houston to a statement win over a quality opponent. Our postgame show breaks it all down:
36 min
313
Matt Bullard on medical updates, shooting slump...
Matt Bullard joins us to break down the Rockets’ recent play. Topics include consistency from veteran guards Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green; the return to health by Clint Capela inside; and ongoing slumps for Ryan Anderson and P.J. Tucker..
37 min
314
Rockets win third out of five as veteran guards...
The Rockets (28-11) snapped their two-game slide with a 116-107 win in Chicago. After shooting just 6 times in Saturday’s first 44 minutes, CP3 was assertive Monday with 24 points (8-of-17 FG) and 9 assists. Meanwhile, Gerald Green added 22 off the bench.
30 min
315
Rockets lose second straight with ugly second h...
The Rockets (27-11) lost their second straight game and seventh of nine with a 108-101 defeat in Detroit. Our recap explores the top storylines, including a lethargic offense and the need for Chris Paul to be more assertive in the absence of James Harden.
27 min
316
Alykhan Bijani on the Xs and Os without Harden
Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins the show to explore the schematic and tactical changes of the Rockets (27-10) since losing James Harden to injury, including larger roles for Chris Paul and Eric Gordon and the integration of newcomer Gerald Green.
39 min
317
Green continues stunning surge, but Warriors sh...
Gerald Green scored 29 points (8-of-15 on 3s) off the bench, while Chris Paul (28/9/7) and Eric Gordon (30/7) were breathtaking. But led by 57 points from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors had too much firepower in a 124-114 victory at Houston.
37 min
318
Rockets post first dominant win in weeks with b...
The Rockets (27-9) won their first game without Harden with a dominant showing in Orlando. Our postgame show examines the key angles, including CP3’s excellence as a floor general, Clint Capela’s bounce-back outing, and another hot night for Gerald Green.
30 min
319
What to watch for as life without James Harden ...
Tuesday's show explores life without James Harden, who is out for multiple weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Topics include Mike D'Antoni’s usage of Harden, new roles for Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green, and implications on the standings.
49 min
320
Gritty comeback vs. Lakers snaps skid, but Hard...
The five-game losing streak is over for the Rockets (26-9), who overcame a late 17-point deficit Sunday to defeat the Lakers in double OT. However, the win came with a price as James Harden (40 points, 11 assists) left early with a strained hamstring.
41 min
321
Losing streak reaches five in blowout loss to W...
The losing streak for Houston (25-9) is at five after Friday’s loss in Washington. Our postgame show takes a higher-level overview — including slumps by Ryan Anderson and P.J. Tucker, late-game execution issues, the standings impact, and why not to panic.
55 min
322
On signing Gerald Green, injury updates, and a ...
Thursday's show explores the latest injury news on Chris Paul and Clint Capela, as well as why the Rockets signed veteran swingman Gerald Green to a non-guaranteed contract and what it means for Houston’s short-term rotation and long-term finances.
64 min
323
Harden, Capela not enough in OKC as slide exten...
Ben DuBose and Adam Clanton (interview at 17:37) break down the loss, including Clint Capela’s strong return (19/10), improved efficiency from James Harden (14 asst, 1 TO), and the role of Chris Paul and Luc Mbah a Moute's injuries in the defensive woes.
52 min
324
Injury updates (Paul, Capela), likely rotation ...
Thursday's show explores the latest injury updates for the Rockets (25-5), including why the losses of Chris Paul and Clint Capela at the same time will likely cause significant rotation changes..
40 min
325
Harden's brilliance not enough as Lakers snap w...
The streak is over at 14 games for the Rockets (25-5), who lost for the first time since Nov. 14 in Wednesday's 122-116 loss to the Lakers. James Harden had 51, but injuries to Clint Capela (heel) and Chris Paul (leg) were tough to overcome.
32 min
326
Resurgent Gordon, Capela lead way as Rockets si...
The Rockets (25-4) won their 14th straight game and 20th of their past 21 in Monday night's 120-99 home win over the Utah Jazz, punctuated by a 37-8 run to end the game. Eric Gordon led the way with 33, while Clint Capela had 24 and 20.
27 min
327
Character of Harden, Rockets shines through in ...
James Harden played through knee pain to score a team-high 31 points in 39 minutes, while Chris Paul scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as the Rockets (24-4) extended their winning streak to 13 with a victory over Milwaukee.
35 min
328
Paul, Rockets deliver statement win vs. Spurs a...
Led by 28 points (10-of-18 FG), 8 assists, and 7 steals from Chris Paul, the Rockets (23-4) were in control throughout in Friday's 124-109 win over the Spurs (19-10). The win pushes Houston's current winning streak to 12 games and 18 of 19.
42 min
329
On CP3's heroics, Mbah a Moute's injury, and at...
Chris Paul remains undefeated as a Houston Rocket, and he was the lead story yet again in Wednesday's romp over Charlotte. Our Ben DuBose breaks down how CP3 picked up the slack as Houston (22-4) won its 11th straight game.
49 min
330
On the LeBron rumors, and why Houston fans shou...
Wednesday's show explores the recent rumors linking LeBron James and the Rockets in 2018 free agency — including why our Ben DuBose thinks many in the national media are lagging behind on this story.
45 min
331
Harden, Paul will Rockets to comeback win; Gord...
MVP frontrunner James Harden had 26 points (including 12 points in the final 3:45) and tied a career high with 17 assists as the Rockets (21-4) rallied from a 13-point deficit vs. New Orleans to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
25 min
332
Rockets overwhelm Blazers in fourth as Harden, ...
The Rockets (20-4) won for the 15th time in 16 games by blitzing the Blazers, 40-19, in the fourth quarter in Portland. Our postgame recap breaks it all down, headlined by the small-ball lineup that helped generate the comeback from the 14-point deficit.
36 min
333
Rockets' defense, Ryan Anderson offer extra boo...
The Rockets (19-4) have won 8 consecutive games and 14 of 15 after Thursday night's 112-101 victory in Utah. Our Ben DuBose breaks it all down, including how James Harden (29 points) and Chris Paul (18/13/9) had even more help than usual.
32 min
334
Taking a deeper look at James Harden's playoff ...
In Thursday's episode, Ben explores the latest round of "Playoff Harden" commentary on social media and explains why giving James Harden credit for his successes isn't letting him off the hook for his shortcomings.
38 min
335
On Harden’s MVP polling and other Western conte...
With the Rockets (18-4) in the middle of three straight off days, our Ben DuBose does a quick scan of James Harden’s status in MVP polling and also where Houston's possible Western Conference challengers stand.
32 min
336
Rockets rout Lakers behind Harden, strong secon...
The Rockets (18-4) extended their streak to 13 wins in 14 games with a dominating victory on Sunday in Los Angeles. James Harden (36 points, 9 assists) led the way, while Chris Paul and Eric Gordon (+37) sparked a dominating second unit.
35 min
337
Why playoff skepticism of Harden, Paul is overs...
Robert Land joins our Ben DuBose for a roundtable discussion on the 2017-18 season, with emphasis on the Rockets' chemistry in their 17-4 start and whether skepticism over the potential postseason performances of James Harden and Chris Paul is warranted.
60 min
338
November 30 — Matt Thomas on CP3's integration,...
Rockets road radio play-by-play voice and home PA announcer Matt Thomas joins our Ben DuBose to explore topics including the integration of Chris Paul, the MVP merits of James Harden, and the viability of challenging the Warriors this season.
30 min
339
November 29 — "Home Ryan" finally emerges as Ro...
James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists while Ryan Anderson (19 points, 9 rebounds) had arguably his finest performance of the season at Toyota Center as the Rockets (17-4) won for the 12th time in 13 games.
32 min
340
November 27 — Harden's brilliance keeps Rockets...
MVP frontrunner James Harden had 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first quarter alone, leading the Rockets (16-4) to a 43-26 advantage that they never relinquished in Monday's 117-103 win over visiting Brooklyn.
29 min
341
Locked on Rockets — November 26 — Three points ...
Despite an early 22-point deficit, the Rockets (15-4) flipped the switch fast in Saturday night's 117-102 home win over the Knicks — led by a combined 43 points, 23 assists, and just 2 turnovers from James Harden and Chris Paul.
34 min
342
Locked on Rockets — November 22 — Exploring the...
In Wednesday's show (presented by Draft), our Ben DuBose explores the top tier of the Western Conference and potential rooting interests for Rockets fans in key outside matchups in the weeks ahead — including Warriors-Thunder tonight.
32 min
343
Locked on Rockets — November 21 — Craig Ackerma...
Craig Ackerman (interview starts at 17:08) joins our Ben DuBose to break down an MVP-worthy start to the season by James Harden, the return to the court of Chris Paul, and much more.
49 min
344
Locked on Rockets — November 19 — On the Memphi...
The Rockets (13-4) took care of business in a 22-point blowout at Memphis on Saturday night, led by another strong showing inside by Clint Capela (17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks) vs. Marc Gasol.
28 min
345
Locked on Rockets — November 17 — Explosive 90-...
The Chris Paul-James Harden era got off to a brilliant start in Thursday's 142-116 win at Phoenix, with the two Hall-of-Fame guards combining for 59 points and 17 assists on better than 50% shooting from the field.
27 min
346
Locked on Rockets — November 15 — Examining the...
With the Rockets now 11-4 on the season, NBA writer Eric Spyropoulos joins our Ben DuBose to explore the return of Chris Paul to the lineup in Phoenix on Thursday night, as well as Tuesday's 129-113 home loss to Toronto.
29 min
347
Locked on Rockets — November 13 — Capela contro...
The Rockets (11-3) extended their winning streak to six games with a 118-95 victory at Indiana on the second day of a back-to-back. Our Ben DuBose breaks it all down, headlined by Clint Capela's domination on the interior.
24 min
348
Locked on Rockets — November 12 — In fifth stra...
In Sunday's episode, guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko analyze the latest home win by the Rockets (10-3) over the Grizzlies, with emphasis on the defensive versatility of Houston's 3&D wings and Eric Gordon’s brilliance at attacking the rim.
28 min
349
Locked on Rockets — November 9 — Houston grinds...
Guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko recap Thursday’s big win by the Rockets (9-3) over the Cleveland Cavaliers, headlined by the latest historic night from James Harden.
37 min
350
Locked on Rockets — November 8 — Cleveland prev...
Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) joins our Ben DuBose to break down Thursday's matchup vs. Cleveland, the current Western Conference standings, and the primary trends for the Rockets (8-3) after 11 games.
42 min
351
Locked on Rockets — November 5 — Breaking down ...
The Rockets (8-3) won their third in a row with a blowout of Utah on Sunday, headlined by a historic game for James Harden (career-high 56 points, 19-of-25 FG, 13 assists).
23 min
352
Locked on Rockets — November 4 — Rockets roll H...
The Rockets (7-3) took care of business on this week's road trip, punctuated by a 119-104 victory in Atlanta on Friday. We break down the high points (Harden, Ariza, Mbah a Moute) and also examine how the team looks at the 10-game mark of the season.
23 min
353
Locked on Rockets — November 2 — Knicks recap, ...
In Thursday's show, our Ben DuBose breaks down the 119-97 victory by the Rockets (6-3) in New York on Wednesday night and explains what impact the Astros' World Series title could have on the Rockets.
46 min
354
Locked on Rockets — November 1 — Reflections on...
Wednesday's episode offers perspective on a report from ESPN's Zach Lowe that the Rockets and Clippers explored a trade at the February 2017 deadline involving Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan. We also preview the current road trip to New York and Atlanta.
30 min
355
Locked on Rockets — October 30 — Poor shooting,...
With Chris Paul (knee) still out, the Rockets (5-3) took their second consecutive defeat in Monday's loss to Philadelphia. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights from Houston's first losing streak of the season.
22 min
356
Locked on Rockets — October 29 — On the weekend...
In Sunday's episode, our Ben DuBose explores how the Rockets (5-2) split their weekend back-to-back in Charlotte and Memphis.
47 min
357
Locked on Rockets — October 26 — Houston shows ...
Thursday's episode recaps an incredible finish in Houston's buzzer-beating win at Philadelphia, punctuated by the winning three from Eric Gordon (29 points).
36 min
358
Locked on Rockets — October 25 — Rotation, sche...
In Wednesday's show, our Ben DuBose explores what the Rockets' rotation is likely to look like in the absence of Chris Paul (knee), Trevor Ariza (foot), and Nene (Achilles), along with an explanation of how the schedule may dictate that their absences ...
25 min
359
Locked on Rockets — October 24 — On Isaiah Cana...
Point guard Isaiah Canaan appears set to join the Rockets, and our Ben DuBose breaks down the role he's likely to fill in the absence of starter Chris Paul. Ben also explores the upcoming injury absences of Trevor Ariza (foot) and Nene (Achilles) and t...
30 min
360
Locked on Rockets — October 23 — Lack of guard ...
The Rockets (3-1) took their first loss of the 2017-18 regular season on Monday night vs. Memphis, capped by a 20-2 Grizzlies run in the closing minutes. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights, including several unacceptable officiating miscues and h...
28 min
361
Locked on Rockets — October 22 — Mavs recap + t...
Led by 29 points (10-of-19 FG) and 7 assists from James Harden and another double-double from Clint Capela, the Rockets (3-0) took care of business in a blowout victory Saturday night vs. Dallas. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights and also updat...
33 min
362
Locked on Rockets — October 20 — Key takeaways ...
In Friday's Chris Paul-centric episode, Ben explains his key takeaways from ESPN's new "Chapter 3" documentary regarding Paul's offseason move to Houston and also why he isn't concerned by Paul's temporary absence from the Rockets due to a knee bruise....
34 min
363
Locked on Rockets — October 19 — Capela leads w...
Clint Capela and Nene combined for 31 points (13-of-17 FG) and 21 rebounds, and James Harden (27 points) shut the door late as the Rockets secured both ends of their opening road back-to-back with a 105-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday. Our Ben DuBos...
23 min
364
Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Warriors stunn...
Behind 27 points from James Harden and a superb showing on both sides of the court for reserves Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute (combined 21-of-34 FG), the Rockets stunned the Warriors in the season opener with a 122-121 win on ring nigh...
30 min
365
Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Kelly Scaletta...
Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta helps us preview the 2017-18 Rockets season with a recap of his exclusive interview with Mike D'Antoni, along with insight on key challenges, opportunities, and how Houston matches up with the Golden State Warriors and ...
43 min
366
Locked on Rockets — October 14 — Final roster t...
Today's show examines the defensive breakdowns and subpar shooting that led to Friday's 106-97 loss to the Spurs in the preseason finale, along with a few takes on the almost final roster and why Troy Williams and Bobby Brown appear set to make the tea...
28 min
367
Locked on Rockets — October 12 — Capela, Ariza,...
The Rockets (4-0) kept their preseason winning ways going in Memphis, posting a 101-89 victory on the back of defense and toughness. Our Ben DuBose looks at the standouts, headlined by strong performances from Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Mou...
22 min
368
Locked on Rockets — October 10 — Takeaways from...
Ben DuBose shares his first impressions from Tuesday's press conference at Toyota Center introducing Tilman J. Fertitta as Houston's new owner, including anecdotal examples that reflect Fertitta's passion for the Rockets and why those could bode well f...
21 min
369
Locked on Rockets — October 9 — Harden, Gordon ...
Even without Chris Paul (bruised shoulder), the Rockets (3-0) took care of business again in their third preseason game at New York. Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights from Monday's victory, including positive shooting nights from James Harden and a...
19 min
370
Locked on Rockets — October 8 — Why James Harde...
Today's show explores the fallout from James Harden's comments regarding former Rockets coach Kevin McHale, including why Harden may have felt compelled to respond and how his words could help diffuse the situation moving forward. #Rockets #NBA #Harde...
30 min
371
Locked on Rockets — October 7 — Annual GM surve...
Saturday's episode breaks down Rockets-related highlights from NBA.com's annual GM survey, including their No. 2 projection in the Western Conference, high marks for Chris Paul's leadership, and the improving perception of James Harden. #Rockets #NBA ...
40 min
372
Locked on Rockets — October 5 — Veterans again ...
The Rockets (2-0) won big over the Shanghai Sharks, 144-82, and our Ben DuBose credits the team's veterans — including Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Nene — with setting a positive tone early in the preseason with a high level...
24 min
373
Locked on Rockets — October 3 — Passing, three-...
The Rockets (1-0) coasted to a big win in their preseason opener at Oklahoma City, led by 17 combined assists from Chris Paul and James Harden and 20-of-42 shooting from behind the arc when at least one of those two was in the game. In our postgame sho...
25 min
374
Locked on Rockets — October 2 — Three things to...
In advance of Tuesday night's preseason opener in Oklahoma City, our Ben DuBose offers three key storylines to watch for the Rockets — including matching up with Carmelo Anthony at the power forward spot and the progression of Clint Capela on the inter...
22 min
375
Locked on Rockets — September 28 — Training cam...
Today's show includes the latest from Rockets training camp, a discussion on the landscape of NBA sources, and an interview (23:08) with Jesus Rodriguez (@jsports_ent) on this summer's Carmelo Anthony trade talks, potential roster moves in the months a...
66 min
376
Locked on Rockets — September 26 — Early takeaw...
In this episode, Ben offers his initial reactions to Tuesday's scrimmage at Toyota Center in Day 1 of training camp, including Chris Paul's on-court leadership, Clint Capela's synergies in the pick and roll, and productive defensive play from Tarik Bla...
26 min
377
Locked on Rockets — September 25 — Media Day im...
Our Ben DuBose offers his primary takeaways from Monday's annual Media Day with the Rockets at Toyota Center, including the importance of closure on the Carmelo Anthony front. We then look ahead to Tuesday's first day of training camp and a few of the ...
43 min
378
Locked on Rockets — September 24 — On life afte...
Carmelo Anthony is finally off the market, and our Ben DuBose breaks down where things went wrong for the Rockets in trade negotiations and what his addition to OKC means for the Western Conference this season and the long-term positioning and strategy...
43 min
379
Locked on Rockets — September 23 — On the lates...
With the Carmelo Anthony trade talks again heating up, our Ben DuBose explains why he isn't particularly despondent following Friday night's reports that Anthony might also waive his no-trade clause for Cleveland and one other team (in addition to Hous...
37 min
380
Locked on Rockets — September 22 — Reaction to ...
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry answered a number of questions regarding Carmelo Anthony at a regularly scheduled press conference Friday, and our Ben DuBose attempts to decode what it all means. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Carmelo
36 min
381
Locked on Rockets — September 21 — Exploring th...
As the start of training camp looms, Ben DuBose examines the latest round of rumors on social media regarding Carmelo Anthony trade talks and explains why he isn't deterred by a tweet from Jason McIntyre indicating that Melo could accept a trade to Por...
23 min
382
Locked on Rockets — September 20 — On Houston's...
Led by Chris Paul, the Rockets allegedly put together "the best recruiting presentation of all time" earlier this summer in their pursuit of Golden State swingman Andre Igoudala. In today's episode, we break down the nitty gritty of the story and expla...
26 min
383
Locked on Rockets — September 15 — On James Har...
With new #NBArank lists from ESPN and Sports Illustrated giving James Harden and Chris Paul average rankings of 6.5 and 7, respectively, Ben DuBose explains why Paul's figure feels appropriate but Harden's appears too low. #Rockets #NBA
33 min
384
Locked on Rockets — September 12 — Josh Lloyd o...
Leading fantasy hoops analyst Josh Lloyd joins our Ben DuBose to break down statistical expectations for the Rockets and individual palyers in the 2017-18 season, with particular emphasis on James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Ryan Anderson, Trevor...
66 min
385
Locked on Rockets — September 8 — Digging into ...
Ben DuBose and veteran Houston sports insider Matt Jackson (interview at 12:30) dive deeper into the past of pending owner Tilman Fertitta, including why his recent history on the University of Houston Board of Regents likely offers some clues as to th...
54 min
386
Locked on Rockets — September 5 — Initial takea...
In today's show, Ben DuBose offers his immediate reaction to the sale of the Rockets to Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion, including why his heavy involvement with the University of Houston athletics program could bode well for his s...
27 min
387
Locked on Rockets — September 3 — If he stays, ...
What happens if the long-expected trade of Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets for a package involving Ryan Anderson doesn't happen by training camp? Our Ben DuBose explains why he's not concerned about any potential chemistry issues with Anderson if he rem...
28 min
388
Locked on Rockets — August 25 — Why adding Eric...
Despite recent internet reports urging the Rockets to add Eric Gordon to a potential trade offer for Carmelo Anthony, our Ben DuBose explains why this scenario involving the 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year is both unnecessary and unworkable. #Rockets #N...
48 min
389
Locked on Rockets — August 22 — On the Kyrie Ir...
In our latest show, Ben DuBose breaks down the significance of the Kyrie Irving trade from Cleveland to Boston and what it means — and doesn't mean — for Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets, and the Knicks. #NBA #Rockets #Kyrie #NBAFreeAgency #Knicks
28 min
390
Locked on Rockets — August 14 — Takeaways from ...
Ben DuBose and guest analyst Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) offer their immediate takeaways on the full release of the 2017-18 Rockets schedule, with breakdowns on key challenges, opportunities, start times, national television exposure, and much more. ...
35 min
391
Locked on Rockets — August 12 — Why Portland ru...
Ben explains why recent talk of Portland as a possible destination for Carmelo Anthony appears overblown, as well as how Houston remains in the driver's seat of negotiations as the teams enter the second half of the 2017 offseason. #Rockets #NBA #Carmelo
34 min
392
Locked on Rockets — August 10 — Why the Knicks ...
Our Ben DuBose explains the significance of the report of the Knicks and Rockets re-engaging in Carmelo Anthony trade talks, as well as why the option of waiting until the regular season to finalize a trade is very unlikely. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Car...
18 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 3 — Mailbag: On Chri...
With the NBA entering the dog days of August, Ben DuBose and guest analyst Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp on Twitter) take listener questions on Chris Paul, the status of Carmelo Anthony trade talks and his potential fit in Houston, intriguing lineups, of...
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Locked on Rockets — July 29 — On the Demetrius ...
In Saturday's show, Ben breaks down the signing of young guard Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract. On the second half of the episode (16:45), Ben explains why many current narratives shared by Knicks fans regarding Carmelo Anthony are flawed. #Ro...
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Locked on Rockets — July 26 — New Carmelo rumor...
In Wednesday night's show, Ben breaks down where he thinks Carmelo Anthony talks currently are and the role Portland's trade of Allen Crabbe could have in a potential deal. In closing, Ben examines the viability of reports based on "inside sources" and...
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Locked on Rockets — July 23 — Why Kyrie Irving'...
Ben DuBose explains why news of a trade request from Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (and his preference for New York) is unlikely to affect the Rockets' pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, with reasons including a poor trade fit for Cleveland and a subpar basketball...
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Locked on Rockets — July 20 — On Carmelo rumors...
In Thursday's episode, Ben updates the lay of the land on Carmelo Anthony talks, the report of Houston as a potential LeBron James destination in 2018, and the significance of new agreements to re-sign Bobby Brown and Troy Williams. #Rockets #NBA #NBA...
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Locked on Rockets — July 17 — Reaction to news ...
Ben responds to Monday's bombshell announcement about owner Les Alexander's plan to sell the franchise by looking at the short-term and long-term implications, including Alexander's legacy and why many of the short-term fears are overblown. #Rockets
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Locked on Rockets — July 17 — On adding Luc Mba...
With veteran Luc Mbah a Moute agreeing to a minimum contract with the Rockets, we explore his strengths and weaknesses and how the addition of another defense-first forward impacts the rest of Houston's projected rotation this season. #Rockets #NBA #N...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 (...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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
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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...
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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
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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...
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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 ...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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...
21 min
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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...
25 min
495
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...
36 min
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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...
23 min
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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...
32 min
499
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...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 10 — Harrell, Beverley...
With 4 wins in their last 5, are the Rockets (39-17) all the way back? We examine encouraging signs from Thursday night's double-digit win in Charlotte, including James Harden's killer instinct, continued strong play from Pat Beverley and Trevor Ariza,...
18 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 9 — ESPN's Calvin Watk...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins breaks down his report of the Rockets showing trade interest in big man Serge Ibaka and free agent interest in veteran guards Jarrett Jack and Mario Chalmers. With Houston (38-17) showing improved play of late on the floor, Calvin...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 8 — Exploring the youn...
If the Rockets were to make an impact trade at the deadline, rather than one for mere depth, how could they do it? We examine the young assets other teams would most likely seek in such a deal — led by Montrezl Harrell, future draft picks, Sam Dekker, ...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 7 — Fresh legs lift re...
With three off days prior to Tuesday's game, the Rockets (38-17) showed off fresh legs in a 128-104 win over Orlando. Red Nation Hoops contributor Taylor Pate joins us to break down how Houston posted its strongest team performance in weeks, led by res...
25 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 6 — Exploring Houston'...
What approach might Daryl Morey take as the Rockets (37-17) approach the Feb. 23 trade deadline? With Houston in the middle of three off days, we examine the Rockets' priorities heading into rumor season and why they might be in better position to make...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 4 — Chicago's Sean Hig...
Survive and advance! It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets (37-17) overcame an 8-point deficit with just over 2:00 left to post their second win in three games. Chicago beat writer Sean Highkin (@highkin) joins us to break down all things Bulls-Rockets, in...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 3 — Anatomy of a Colla...
What in the world happened? Ben examines how the Rockets (36-17) blew a 20-point lead over Atlanta with only eight minutes remaining, led by lowlights from Trevor Ariza (1-of-12 FG), Eric Gordon (4-of-14 FG), and Clint Capela. With Houston having lost ...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 2 — Why Dwight Howard ...
With Dwight Howard set to return to Houston for the first time since joining the Atlanta Hawks in last summer's free agency, Ben makes the case for why Rockets fans should remember the good times and give him a standing ovation at Toyota Center in Thur...
29 min
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Locked on Rockets — Feb. 1 — Peak team D return...
Are the December Rockets back? It's just one game, but Houston (36-16) was impressive in its 105-83 beatdown of Sacramento, representing just their second 20+ point victory of a 17-game January. Even with James Harden (3-of-9 FG, 10 points) not in MVP ...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 31 — Robert Land on le...
With the Rockets returning to Houston for a 4-game homestand, Houston Sports Talk and Locked on Texans host Robert Land joins Ben for a simulcast to examine the club's recent struggles (4-7 in last 11 games) and how they might turn it around. Topics ex...
33 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 30 — Anonymous NBA coa...
An NBA coach explains the Xs and Os of Mike D'Antoni's success with the Rockets (35-16, West's No. 3 seed) thus far, including the complexity of his offense (or lack thereof), emphasis on pace of play, and usage of James Harden as the point guard. #Ro...
21 min
511
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 29 — Tired legs, lack ...
It was the Rockets' 5th game of a 5-game road trip and 16th of a grueling 17-game January, and they played like it in a 120-101 loss in Indiana. Two nights after his brilliant 50-point triple double, James Harden had 8 turnovers and shot just 3-of-17 f...
18 min
512
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 28 — Skid stops in Phi...
The Rockets (35-15) weren't at their best, but James Harden's MVP-level brilliance (51 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds, 16-of-28 FG) led them to a much-needed win. We break down everything that happened in Philly, including Harden's increased willingne...
21 min
513
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 26 — Brian Geltzeiler ...
With the Rockets having lost 6 of 9, have other NBA teams adjusted to Mike D'Antoni's system? Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) breaks down the Xs and Os of how opponents are playing Houston, as well as how the Rockets can succeed in adjusting back. Gelt...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 25 — Slump continues a...
James Harden had 30 points and 12 assists, but it still wasn't enough for the Rockets (34-15), who lost for the sixth time in nine games. We break down the reasons behind the latest loss, including Harden's struggles from the field (6-18 FG); tired leg...
14 min
515
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 23 — Harden's excessiv...
James Harden's 11 turnovers and the Bucks’ 68-point first half put the Rockets (34-14) in a hole they couldn't recover from, leading to a 127-114 loss in Milwaukee (Houston's 5th L in 8 games). Twitter's Brandon B. Nohen joins Ben to dissect where thin...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 22 — Dekker's breakout...
Tired legs and the absence of Ryan Anderson on Saturday still weren't enough to hold down the Rockets (34-13), who rode a career game from Sam Dekker (30 points) and incredible efficiency from James Harden (29 points on 9 shots) to a 119-95 win over th...
24 min
517
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 21 — Absences from And...
In the aftermath of Friday's loss to the Warriors, we offer our primary takeaways — including why disappearances this month from Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are much more troubling than the struggles of Corey Brewer. Ben also examines the lack of spa...
29 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 20 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
With James Harden voted as an All-Star starter for the first time, how much has Houston's perception around the NBA changed? Calvin Watkins, Rockets beat writer for ESPN.com, joins us to tackle that question and much more, including how Houston matches...
16 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 18 — Houston shows hea...
Just 24 hours after one of their most sluggish performances, the Rockets (33-12) completely flipped the script, outhustling Milwaukee to a 111-92 win at Toyota Center. James Harden (38 points, 14-of-25 FG) and Eric Gordon (25 points, 7-of-17 threes) ea...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 17 — Slump continues a...
Despite another triple-double from James Harden (40 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), the Miami Heat beat the Rockets on Tuesday night, 109-103, sending Houston to its third loss in four games. We examine the factors leading to Houston's first patch of...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 16 — Craig Ackerman on...
Play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us from Miami to give us the latest news surrounding the Rockets (32-11) as they get ready to take on the Heat on Tuesday. Ackerman touches on the importance of Houston finally getting a blowout win, the im...
24 min
522
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 14 — Daryl Morey revie...
Are the Rockets a legitimate contender? We ask GM Daryl Morey, who gives his assessment of Houston's 31-10 start to the season and explains the approach the team might take to February's trade deadline. Morey also weighs in on James Harden's MVP season...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 13 — First Half Review...
Eric Spyropoulos of The Dream Shake joins us to analyze what we've learned about the Rockets (31-10) at the season's halfway point, including an MVP campaign from James Harden and bounce-back years for veterans Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley. We also ex...
37 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 11 — Late adjustments,...
It didn't come easy for the Rockets (31-9) on Tuesday night. But when it mattered, they got the job done. After seeing a 23-point lead evaporate, Houston outscored Charlotte 11-3 over the final two-plus minutes to extend the current win streak to nine ...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 10 — Film Study: Aly B...
How have the Rockets (30-9) been able to reel off this staggering run of 8 straight wins and a 19-2 record since December? Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins us for his regular "Film Study" segment to break down Houston's recent Xs and Os, starting wi...
33 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 9 — Salman Ali on how ...
The Rockets (30-9) posted yet another road win over an elite opponent, rallying from an early deficit to top Toronto, 129-122. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins us to break down how Houston did it, starting with MVP-level contribut...
22 min
527
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 8 — David Weiner on Ar...
David Weiner (@BimaThug) of ClutchFans.net joins us to break down underrated seasons for Houston's role players like Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Ryan Anderson. Known as a salary cap expert, David also previews the upcoming trade deadline and examin...
40 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 6 — Anderson, Beverley...
James Harden wasn't at his freshest on night two of a back-to-back, but the Rockets (29-9) still won their 7th straight game with a 100-93 victory in Orlando. We break down how Houston did it despite an off night from Harden (14 points, 5-of-15 FG, 6 t...
13 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 5 — Beverley guts it o...
Russell Westbrook (49 points) won the scoring battle, but MVP leader James Harden (26 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds) won the war with an incredible last-second pass to set up Nene for the win. With the Rockets moving to 28-9, Ben credits Harden's unse...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 4 — Making James Harde...
With the Rockets now 27-9, is James Harden the NBA's MVP regardless of what happens Thursday night? On the first half of the show, we make the case for The Beard in advance of the showdown with the Thunder (21-14). In the second half, we hear from ESPN...
31 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 2 — Houston overcomes ...
Playing their third game in four nights and missing two starters, the Rockets (27-9) were down 15 points midway through Monday's game vs. Washington and had every opportunity to chalk it up as a "schedule loss." Instead, James Harden rallied the troops...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — Jan. 1 — Harden strengthens...
It's a great start to 2017 in Houston, where the Rockets are 26-9 after James Harden posted one of the greatest individual lines in NBA history (53 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds) in Saturday night's victory over the Knicks. We break down the pros and...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Dec. 30 — Exploring the Kos...
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Sacramento big man Kosta Koufos has emerged as a prime trade target for the Rockets (24-9). In this episode, we break down the center's potential on-court fit in Houston, probable trade packages, as well as how Koufos' co...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Dec. 28 — Craig Ackerman on...
Play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us to explain the extracurricular activity involving Trevor Ariza in Dallas, how the Rockets (24-9) continue to demoralize lesser opponents with a barrage of three-point shooting, and what comes next (Clipp...
27 min
535
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 26 — Houston overwhelm...
The Rockets (23-9) got back on the winning track with a huge win Monday vs. Phoenix, led by 32 points and 12 assists from James Harden and a much-improved defensive effort against the Suns' three-point shooters. We break down what went right, led by fa...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Dec. 25 — Examining the Mem...
In our latest episode, we break down where things went wrong for Houston (22-9) in Friday night's loss to the Grizzlies, as well as why the upcoming schedule (Suns, Mavs, Clips, Knicks, Wizards; four at home) should be much friendlier to the Rockets ov...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Dec. 22 — Houston rediscove...
Just one night after shooting 6-of-38 (16%) from three-point range, the Rockets (22-8) turned it around in a big way and connected on 18-of-38 (47%) from distance in a 125-111 win over the Suns. We examine how Houston got the bad taste of the San Anton...
20 min
538
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 21 — Streak ends as Ho...
The Rockets (21-8) had a 13-point lead late and were seemingly in line for another statement win. But the Spurs shot an unreal 80% from behind the arc in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets' unprecedented struggles from behind the arc (6-of-38, 15.8%) ...
14 min
539
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 20 — Immediate reactio...
Starting center Clint Capela appears likely to miss up to six weeks with a broken fibula, so what will that mean for the Rockets (21-7) and their 10-game win streak? We examine the alternatives to fill increased minutes internally (Montrezl Harrell, Ne...
20 min
540
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 19 — Film Study: Aly B...
How have the Rockets (21-7) won 10 straight games, including the incredible comeback in Minnesota? "Rockets Insider" Aly Bijani joins the show to break down the Xs and Os of the streak in his film study segment, starting with key plays out of timeouts ...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — Dec. 18 — Incredible late r...
Somehow, some way, the Rockets (21-7) overcome a 9-point deficit with under a minute remaining on Saturday night to defeat Minnesota and push their win streak to 10. We break down the legendary comeback, starting with Mike D'Antoni's decision to go sma...
24 min
542
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 16 — Final thoughts on...
What happen to scuttle the reported contract agreement between the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas? With the seven-footer renounced and likely to head elsewhere, Ben explores the various scenarios that could have occurred over the past week, as well as ...
24 min
543
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 15 — NBA scout on defe...
How are NBA scouts trying to stop James Harden, and what will Mike D'Antoni's offense look like in the postseason? An anonymous scout broke down those topics yesterday with David Locke on Locked on NBA. In this episode, we play the scout's commentary a...
35 min
544
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 14 — Salman Ali on the...
Another day, another big win. The Rockets (19-7) have now won eight consecutive games, and for the third time in the past week, they did so by 20 or more points. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins us to explain how Houston overwhelm...
40 min
545
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 12 — Key stops, big sh...
It was frustratingly close, but the Rockets (18-7) rode monster nights from James Harden (36 points, 11 assists) and Eric Gordon (24 points, 6-of-10 from three) and got key defensive plays late from Trevor Ariza, Pat Beverley, and Nene to hold off an u...
15 min
546
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 11 — Reviewing wins ov...
The Rockets are now 17-7 (.708) and the West's No. 3 seed after a pair of big weekend wins vs. the Thunder and Mavs extended their current winning streak to six games. We break down how it happened, led by improved defensive efficiency and a red-hot n...
32 min
547
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 9 — Why the renegotiat...
At long last, the Donatas Motiejunas saga appears to be over. The 26-year-old seven-footer signed a new deal on Friday in Houston, and we explain why the terms of the revised deal appear much more favorable for GM Daryl Morey and the Rockets. #Rocke...
19 min
548
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 8 — Reviewing the win ...
The Rockets (15-7) kept rolling with a massive 134-95 win over the Lakers, improving their mark to 9-2 since the return of Pat Beverley. We explore what went right on Wednesday at Toyota Center, starting with 12 assists from Beverley, 25 points on 14 s...
25 min
549
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 7 — Blame B.J. Armstro...
Donatas Motiejunas shocked the Rockets (14-7) by not reporting on Tuesday after the team matched his contract, so what should Houston do next? We explain how the decision appears to have the fingerprints of agent B.J. Armstrong all over it, as well as ...
22 min
550
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 6 — Harden returns to ...
Despite controversial officiating late, the Rockets (14-7) edged the Celtics (12-9) on the back of an MVP-level performance from James Harden (37 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds). We break down how Harden got it done, along with key under-the-radar contr...
25 min
551
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 5 — Dissecting Motieju...
After taking the full three days to mull it over, GM Daryl Morey opted to match Donatas Motiejunas' contract from Brooklyn and keep the seven-footer in Houston. Is keeping Motiejunas worth the future financial uncertainty, and how might he help the 201...
26 min
552
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 4 — Previewing a lengt...
The Rockets (13-7) are a .650 team (53+ win pace) despite playing 14 of their first 20 games on the road, so could things get even better with six of the next seven and 13 of the next 20 in Houston? We recap Friday night's 128-110 win in Denver and pre...
28 min
553
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 2 — Houston shows reso...
Did the #Rockets (12-7) just pull off one of their best regular-season wins ever? We break down Thursday night's 132-127 win at Golden State, led by another triple-double from James Harden and huge performances from Ryan Anderson (29 points), Eric Gord...
15 min
554
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 1 — Will Morey match o...
The Brooklyn Nets appear close to signing restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet, so it's finally time for the Rockets to make a decision on whether to keep their talented seven-footer. We examine what factors Daryl Morey will likel...
18 min
555
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 30 — Jazz recap; Danny...
In today's episode, we analyze where things went wrong in Tuesday's 120-101 loss to the Utah Jazz, including James Harden's struggles inside the arc and reduced production from Houston's big men (Clint Capela, Nene) vs. Rudy Gobert. Danny Leroux, host ...
45 min
556
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 28 — Hot shooting, Har...
The Rockets (11-6) are off to a 2-0 start on this West Coast road trip after an impressive 130-114 win in Portland on Sunday. We recap the positives from the victory, including a spectacular night from Eric Gordon (26 points, six threes) and sustained ...
16 min
557
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 27 — Capela bests Cous...
We preview the remainder of the five-game West Coast road trip and recap Friday's big win by Houston (10-6) in Sacramento, led by another triple-double from James Harden (23 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) and a strong performance by Clint Capela (17 ...
27 min
558
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 23 — Harden, Houston c...
The three-game winning streak for the Rockets (9-6) came to an abrupt end on Thanksgiving Eve vs. the Toronto Raptors, and turnovers and a slow start from behind the arc were largely to blame. Ben dissects where things went wrong, starting with 12 turn...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 22 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins joins us to break down the latest in negotiations between the Rockets and restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas. Watkins also shares his takeaways from Tuesday's practice, including a K.J. McDaniels update and insight on how Sa...
18 min
560
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 21 — Salman Ali on how...
Even with off shooting nights from James Harden and Eric Gordon, the Rockets (9-5) showed poise defensively in a 99-96 win over the Pistons. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins Ben to break down how Houston grinded its way to its fir...
24 min
561
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 20 — Capela's career n...
The Rockets (8-5) closed out their three-game stretch vs. Western playoff contenders with two impressive wins, including a 111-102 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. We break down how Houston did it, led by James Harden's improved efficiency, bett...
19 min
562
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 18 — NBA scout explain...
Just a few months ago, a current NBA scout joined Locked on NBA (anonymously) to explain why he thought James Harden was too concerned with scoring to be the point guard for Mike D'Antoni. Only 12 regular-season games later, he's suddenly singing a ver...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 17 — Beverley returns,...
James Harden bounced back from a rare off night in Oklahoma City with his third triple-double (26 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds) of the past eight days, leading the Rockets (7-5) to a blowout win over the Blazers (7-6). Our postgame show examines how...
18 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 16 — Westbrook outduel...
The Rockets (6-5) scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter and went over six minutes without a single point, leading to a tough 105-103 loss against the rival Oklahoma City Thunder. Ben is joined by Twitter's "Brandon B. Nohen" (@iBrand0n300) to ana...
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 14 — Harden, Rockets s...
Last November, the Rockets barely survived an upset bid from then-winless Philadelphia (0-16). This time, the Rockets (6-4) took the game seriously and overwhelmed the Sixers (1-9) from the outset in a 115-88 win. We explain why James Harden (33 points...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 13 — Why Anderson's of...
James Harden's second consecutive triple-double wasn't enough to lead the Rockets (5-4) to another win over the Spurs, who took advantage of a poor shooting night from Ryan Anderson (1-of-13 FG). We examine why Anderson seems to be such an important va...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 11 — Duncan, Leroux on...
The Rockets (5-3) are winning on the back of James Harden, but they've been awful in the minutes he's spent on the bench. National writers Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux offer their diagnosis and a few potential remedies. Ben then explores what fans shou...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 10 — Harden's triple-d...
The Spurs had four days of rest and the Rockets (5-3) were on the fifth game of a five-game road trip, but James Harden (24 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds) was still able to lead underdog Houston to a big win in San Antonio. We break down how it happe...
14 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 8 — San Antonio's Jeff...
The good news is that the Rockets are 4-3 despite a rough schedule to open the season. The bad news is Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs loom as Houston's opponent for two conseuctive games. In this show, Spurs writer Jeff Garcia joins Ben to explore ...
32 min
570
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 7 — Harden, Anderson, ...
James Harden started slow, but he finished fast (32 points, 15 assists) as the Rockets (4-3) overcame an early deficit to to beat Washington, 114-106. Eric Spyropoulos of The Dream Shake (Houston's SB Nation affiliate) joins Ben on the postgame show to...
22 min
571
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 6 — Hawks show interio...
Despite James Harden's 30 points and 12 assists, the Rockets (3-3) scored just 38 points in the second half on Saturday night in a 112-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. We break down what went wrong in their reunion game with Dwight Howard, starting with a...
18 min
572
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 4 — On Nene vs. Capela...
Why is Nene playing as much (or more) than Clint Capela? Despite an offseason of big hype for the 22-year-old as a rising star, it's the 34-year-old veteran who seems to be Houston's preferred option. Ben expounds on his recent column breaking down the...
28 min
573
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 3 — Craig Ackerman on ...
Craig Ackerman, voice of the Rockets, joins our show from Atlanta to preview Houston's impending matchup with Dwight Howard and the Hawks. Ackerman also explains why he thinks James Harden is playing the best basketball of his career, and how the team'...
20 min
574
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 2 — Houston crushes Ne...
The Rockets (3-2) certainly seemed fresh in posting a big road win over the Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back. We recap the game (led by James Harden's 30 points and 15 minutes) and give praise to Mike D'Antoni for his management of the rost...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 1 — Was the close loss...
Did Houston fans just see one of James Harden's best games ever? Despite the close loss in Cleveland, Paul (@RocketIntellect) joins Ben on the postgame show to break down numerous positives, including the first 40/15/5 game in Rockets history (by Harde...
24 min
576
Locked on Rockets — Oct. 30 — Defense blankets ...
Despite only 30 points in the second half, the Rockets were able to grind their way to a 93-92 win over Dallas in their home opener, improving their 2016-17 record to 2-1. We break down how it happened, including a another solid defensive effort from J...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 29 — Reviewing the sea...
It's amazing what happens when the Rockets shoot 47% from three instead of 24%, right? Led by that much-improved shooting, Houston secured its first win of the season with a 106-98 triumph in Dallas on Friday night. In our postgame recap, we examine wh...
21 min
578
Locked on Rockets — Oct. 28 — Studying Lakers' ...
With a off day in between games, we turn to the film study to shed more light on the problems in Los Angeles, starting with defensive inconsistency from James Harden and poor showings from Nene and Tyler Ennis. We also examine Mike D'Antoni's positive ...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 27 — What went wrong f...
The Rockets opened the Mike D'Antoni era with an unexpected thud in their 2016-17 regular season opener, falling 120-114 to the Lakers in Los Angeles. We break down the biggest reasons for the loss, including subpar shooting in the second half and odd ...
21 min
580
Locked on Rockets — Oct. 25 — Robert Land on Ha...
Houston Sports Talk host Robert Land joins Ben to preview the leading issues facing the Rockets as they approach on Day 1 of the 2016-17 regular season, including early analysis of Mike D'Antoni's system and whether James Harden has finally turned the ...
53 min
581
Locked on Rockets — Oct. 24 — Brown, Wiltjer, E...
The Rockets made their final roster cuts Monday and opted to keep undrafted rookie Kyle Wiltjer and international invitee Bobby Brown ahead of veteran Pablo Prigioni. We explain the reasons behind the choices and the shifting dynamics due to Pat Beverl...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 22 — Bench observation...
With four starters staying in Houston (including James Harden), the Rockets didn't have much of a chance in their preseason finale in San Antonio. Ben breaks down his main takeaways from the 114-99 loss, including the potential for Nene to serve as an ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 20 — Capela, Harden sh...
James Harden and Clint Capela are the franchise's two most important players, and they each stepped up in a big way on Wednesday night to push Houston (5-1 in the preseason) to a 106-91 win over rival Dallas. We break down Capela's clear case for the s...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 19 — Why fans shouldn'...
What does the news of Pat Beverley's potential knee surgery mean for the Rockets? Ben breaks down the medical side, potential roster implications, and whether it's fair to have long-term concerns about Beverley's health. #Rockets #NBA
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 18 — Pat Beverley upda...
With Houston set to face rival Dallas three times in the next 12 days, Ben chats with Locked on Mavs host Mike Marshall (also of Dallas' 1310 The Ticket) on how the teams could match up. We also examine the latest on Pat Beverley's troublesome left kne...
45 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 16 — Dekker, Harrell, ...
Jet lag and the absence of Pat Beverley took a toll on the efficiency of Houston's regulars, but the youthful energy of Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and Clint Capela helped the Rockets push Memphis to double overtime. Our postgame show examines those ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 14 — Memphis preview, ...
Head coach Mike D'Antoni spoke with media on Friday to recap Houston's injury situation (Pat Beverley, Clint Capela), lessons learned from China, and his outlook for Saturday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. In our show, we play his comments ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 12 — Postgame analysis...
Even with threes not falling, Mike D'Antoni's Rockets still dominated New Orleans in their fourth preseason game, extending the record to 4-0. In our postgame show, we break down what the team did well (defense, ball and player movement), individual st...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 11 — Chris Axmann on K...
Can K.J. McDaniels be "a Draymond in the rough?" That's how NBA analyst Chris Axmann describes him. In our crossover episode with his Almighty Ballin' podcast, Chris explains his steadfast belief in McDaniels and why he's optimistic on how many of the ...
62 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 10 — Exploring new rum...
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Houston is "hopeful" it can lure star Spanish guard Sergio Llull to the NBA next summer, and we explain why it's more realistic than a lot of Rockets fans appear to be giving it credit for. #Rockets #NBA #SergioLlull
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 9 — Postgame show (fea...
Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins Ben for our postgame recap of Houston's 123-117 win over the Pelicans in China, with emphasis on strong performances from Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, inconsistency from James Harden, and flashes from K.J. McDaniel...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 7 — Previewing Houston...
The Rockets are in China for two games to play the New Orleans Pelicans, so what should fans look for in these matchups? Ben explores how Buddy Hield could be a unique challenge for Eric Gordon and/or James Harden and explains why Clint Capela could us...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 5 — Harden and Anderso...
Two games, two big wins. Yes, it's the preseason, but Houston continues to look impressive and appears to finally be having fun again. Ben breaks down encouraging performances from James Harden, Ryan Anderson, K.J. McDaniels, Eric Gordon, and more, whi...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 4 — Kelly Scaletta on ...
Is Ryan Anderson's impact being undersold? Kelly Scaletta explores that, K.J. McDaniels' upside, and numerous other angles in his Rockets season preview for Bleacher Report, and he joins our show (10:30) to expand on his optimistic view for the 2016-17...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 3 — Postgame takes on ...
What did we learn about the Rockets from their big win over the Shanghai Sharks to open the 2016-17 preseason? Ben explores a large set of positives (Nene's post play, James Harden's leadership, bench wings) and a few of the question marks (Ryan Anders...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 2 — Donatas Motiejunas...
The October 1 "deadline" for Houston's qualifying offer to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas has passed, and there's still no agreement between the big man and the Rockets on a new contract. After speaking with both sides, ESPN's Calvin Watkins ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 29 — How good is the ...
With Eric Gordon and likely Nene leading the way, how good is the new-look bench in Houston? Hear from CBS Sports' Zach Harper and Locked on NBA host David Locke on why the Rockets appear to have an above-average reserve unit. #Rockets #NBA
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 28 — Examining the ca...
With Nene receiving increasingly more praise at training camp, Ben examines what motivations Mike D'Antoni could have to start the 34-year-old veteran ahead of Clint Capela. Ben also drops nuggets on the progress of Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 27 — Exploring what J...
What does James Harden's new official "point guard" title mean for the Rockets on the floor? Paul (@RocketIntellect) joins Ben at 19:00 to break down what Mike D'Antoni's announcement means for the Xs and Os of Houston's offense and defense. #Rockets ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 26 — Decoding #Muscle...
With training camp now under way, we examine the physical changes in Clint Capela and Pat Beverley and the implications of Nene appearing to play on the same team as James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Ryan Anderson early in camp. #Rockets #NBA #Muscl...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 25 — Craig Ackerman o...
Craig Ackerman chats with us about his new role as lead play-by-play broadcaster for many Rockets' TV broadcasts, with particular emphasis on the transition from radio to TV and the challenge of replacing a legend in Bill Worrell. Craig also shares his...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 23 — Media Day highli...
What should Rockets fans take out of Media Day and the official start of training camp? We explain the most important moments with audio clips from James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Mike D'Antoni, Trevor Ariza, and Daryl Morey. #Rockets #NBA #JamesHarden
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 22 — Matt Moore on Ha...
Matt Moore of CBS Sports (@hpbasketball) joins the show (at 8:00) to further elaborate on his recent James Harden feature and break down why he thinks the Michael Beasley/Tyler Ennis trade was a good one for the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #JamesHarden
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 20 — Chris Reichert e...
Chris Reichert, editor of Upside & Motor, tells us why Clint Capela appears poised for a major breakthrough entering his third season. We also examine the rest of Houston's likely depth chart at center, including Nene, Donatas Motiejunas and Chinanu On...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 19 — Forecasting minu...
We know Ryan Anderson is the starter at PF, but how much will he play, and what are the best options behind him? As part of our depth chart preview series, we break down Houston's diverse options at power forward. #Rockets #NBA #RyanAnderson
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 18 — How Ariza, Dekke...
In the latest episode of our depth chart preview series, we break down the SF position in Houston and the possibilities for Trevor Ariza, Sam Dekker, Corey Brewer, and K.J. McDaniels. #Rockets #NBA
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 16 — Previewing the r...
In the first of our "depth chart" preview series, we examine Houston's likely guard rotation and how James Harden, Pat Beverley, and Eric Gordon are each likely to be used by new head coach Mike D'Antoni. Should an injury occur, are there any candidate...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 15 — ESPN's Calvin Wa...
Where do things stand between the Rockets and restricted free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas? We break down the recent reports of stalled negotiations with ESPN beat writer Calvin Watkins, who spoke to agent B.J. Armstrong yesterday. #Rockets #NBA...
23 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 13 — Danny Leroux on ...
In a crossover episode, NBA writer and Warriors host Danny Leroux joins Ben DuBose to break down the strengths and weaknesses of Golden State and how they could match up with Mike D'Antoni's new-look Rockets. #Rockets #Warriors #NBA #JamesHarden
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 12 — Why next Friday'...
Donatas Motiejunas' never-ending free agency and unconfirmed changes to Houston's TV and radio announcing teams are two of several issues likely to be resolved before the Rockets report to Media Day, now officially scheduled for next Friday. #Rockets ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 11 — Previewing Houst...
Fantasy analyst Josh Lloyd joins the show to help break down projections for the Houston Rockets in the 2016-17 season. Is James Harden worthy of a #1 pick, and can Clint Capela continue his per-minute success in a starting role? Our Ben DuBose debates...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 8 — "Rocket Girl" exp...
Brie Hodenfield (@00RocketGirl on Twitter) joins our Ben DuBose to discuss the role of the Red Rowdies at Toyota Center, her life as a diehard fan of the Rockets, and expectations for the team in the 2016-17 season. #Rockets #NBA #RedRowdies
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 6 — Exploring the Car...
The news of the weekend was Houston's reported interest in veteran power forward Carl Landry. Our Ben DuBose explores how the former Rocket could fit in with the current group, both on the basketball side and the financial side. #Rockets #NBA #CarlL...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 1 — ESPN's Kevin Pelt...
Why are analytics models more bullish on Houston's defense than the human analysts running them? ESPN's Kevin Pelton gives his outlook. Our Ben DuBose then explores the possible reasons for the divergence in opinion and explains why the gap between a ...
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Locked on Rockets — August 31 — Inside the life...
How do NBA teams like the Rockets decide who gets media credentials, and what is a typical day like for a credentialed media member? Ben DuBose takes a deep dive into the process and explains the options outsiders have to break into the business.
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Locked on Rockets — August 26 — Scott Rafferty ...
Can James Harden become Mike D'Antoni's new-age Steve Nash? Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles) explains the surprising similarities after taking an in-depth look at the film of the two for his Sporting News column. Ben DuBose closes out the show with an up...
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Locked on Rockets — August 24 — Why new ranking...
Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins our Ben DuBose to break down the latest stories, including new projections showing the Rockets high in the West and the potential of James Harden being overlooked as an MVP candidate. #Rockets #...
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Locked on Rockets — August 15 — Aly Bijani on N...
Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) breaks down the film of Nene’s outstanding Olympic performances and also tells our Ben DuBose why he’s skeptical of a recent rumor linking the Rockets to Sacramento's Rudy Gay. #Rockets #NBA #RudyGay #Nene #Olympics
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Locked on Rockets — August 11 — Dissecting the ...
ClutchFans owner Dave Hardisty joins our Ben DuBose to break down the implications of the Rockets' newly-released schedule for the 2016-17 season. Hardisty also explains why he won't be surprised if there's a trade made by the Rockets before the diffic...
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Locked on Rockets — August 8 — An NBA scout siz...
An NBA scout says he's skeptical of James Harden's ability to be Mike D'Antoni's point guard, but our Ben DuBose explains why the scout could be proven wrong. Ben also provides an Olympic update on the performances of Nene, Sergio Llull and Zhou Qi.
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Locked on Rockets — August 4 — What does Russel...
Will Russell Westbrook's contract extension with Oklahoma City lead to more NBA stars becoming available in trades? Ben DuBose explains why it could, as well as what it means for Daryl Morey and the Rockets. The Dream Shake writer Eric Spyropoulos join...
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Locked on Rockets — August 1 — On Michael Beas...
The Rockets allowed Michael Beasley's contract to become fully guaranteed for next season, so what can fans expect from him next season? Our Ben DuBose analyzes this, as well as Kevin Durant's praise for James Harden and Daryl Morey's latest interview.
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Locked on Rockets — July 29 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
ESPN.com beat writer Calvin Watkins joins us to break down where things stand between the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas. Watkins also examines the implications of James Harden's new contract, and whether Sam Dekker has a path to minutes under Mike D'...
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Locked on Rockets — July 28 — Is a trade coming...
Daryl Morey is known for big moves, so could another one be coming this offseason? Our Ben DuBose looks at what needs remain for the Rockets and why Morey could be better positioned than most think to make compelling trade offers in the coming weeks.
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Locked on Rockets — July 27 — Is Capela an upgr...
RealGM analyst Brett Koremenos explains why he's a fan of the Mike D'Antoni hire in Houston and says that if things go right, the Rockets can win 50-55 games and contend for a Western Conference Finals berth. #Rockets
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Locked on Rockets — July 26 — Where do the Rock...
National NBA columnist Shlomo Sprung joins our Ben DuBose to break down the landscape of the Western Conference and where the Rockets currently stand. Sprung also shares his thoughts on the hire of Mike D'Antoni and why he believes D'Antoni can succeed...
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Locked on Rockets — July 25 — Interpreting Jame...
NBA writer and editor Matthew Cardenas joins Ben DuBose to explore the latest comments from James Harden. Is it a good sign for the Rockets' star to attribute his defensive lapses to high usage on offense? Ben and Matthew also explore Harden's strong d...
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Locked on Rockets — July 22 — Is James Harden e...
Is James Harden becoming a leader right in front of our eyes? Ben DuBose explores Harden's busy offseason with Salman Ali, the managing editor of Red Nation Hoops. Ali explains how Harden's choices to organize team workouts and become more involved in ...
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Locked on Rockets — July 21 — Prigioni over Ter...
Why did the Rockets prefer Pablo Prigioni to Jason Terry as their backup PG? Our Ben DuBose makes the case for Prigioni while fondly recalling his favorite Jet moments in Houston. Ben also examines the formal contract signings for Nene and Chinanu Onua...
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Locked on Rockets — July 20 — How Ryan Anderson...
Ben DuBose reviews the Rockets' offseason with the help of Brett Dawson, the Pelicans' beat writer for the New Orleans Advocate. After getting an up close and personal look at Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon,, Dawson gives Rockets fans the scoop on what ...
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Locked on Rockets — July 19 — Where it went wro...
Ben DuBose breaks down Dwight Howard's departure from the Houston Rockets with Brad Rowland, a writer and podcast host with Howard's new team in Atlanta. #DwightHoward #Rockets
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Locked on Rockets — July 18 — What's next for D...
After renegotiating James Harden's contract and signing Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to long-term deals, what does that mean for the future of restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas? Host Ben DuBose and guest David Weiner of ClutchFans examine the R...
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