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


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What Are Houston Rockets NBA Trade Deadline Exp...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss where the Houston Rockets stand one week away from the NBA trade deadline, what would be a considered a "win" at the deadline for the Rockets, evaluating Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, and Jae'Sean Tate as guys possibly on the trading block, whether the Rockets are only "sellers" at this deadline or if they are in a position to be "buyers" and more.
39 min
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How Tari Eason, Alperen Sengun & Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss the Houston Rockets 112-106 defensive-minded win against the OKC Thunder behind a career night for rookie forward Tari Eason (20 points, 13 rebounds). How the Rockets defended OKC and held Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to just 7-of-23 shooting, Tari's career night in just 19 minutes of action, Daishen Nix(!) with his best game of the season, Stephen Silas using timeouts effectively to the settle the group, Rockets closing out the game STRONG, Alperen Sengun struggling to score inside and more.
35 min
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Why Do Houston Rockets Keep Receiving National ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to comments from NBA Analyst and Insider John Hollinger about the state of the Houston Rockets rebuild, calling the organization the "worst-organized, least sound" team in the NBA, also sharing heavy criticism of head coach Stephen Silas, likening him to a "substitute teacher" not suited to rein in the young players Houston has. The two also go over the selections for the NBA Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend and how Tari Eason did not make the cut.
36 min
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Ausar Thompson Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft P...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to break down and discuss Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft Prospect Ausar Thompson, highlighting strengths (defense, athleticism) and weaknesses (outside shooting), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
34 min
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How KJ Martin Responded To Being Benched By Joh...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets grinding out a win on the road against the Detroit Pistons 117-114 despite missing Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun,Kevin Porter Jr. and head coach Stephen Silas behind a collective group effort and strong nights from KJ Martin and Tari Eason. KJ 4-point sequence to end the game and responding well to being benched by interim coach John Lucas in the first half, how differently Lucas coaches this Rockets team, starting Jabari Smith Jr. at the five, building up a big lead in the third and letting it slip away, winning the rebounding battle and more.
29 min
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Houston Rockets Rumored Trade Interest In Atlan...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses some positives from the Houston Rockets 113-95 blowout loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers before tackling rumors about Houston's potential interest in Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins. Jabari Smith Jr.'s offensive flow, Alperen Sengun's defense before the game unraveled, Tari Eason's continued production and more. Then, Jackson dives into the Rockets John Collins trade interest reports. Would this be a good move for Houston? What would acquiring Collins cost? How would it impact their flexibility down the line?
30 min
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Alperen Sengun Records Another Triple-Double As...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 108-103 loss to the Washington Wizards where Alperen Sengun recorded another career triple-double (21/11/10), but the team collapsed after leading by as many as 19 points. Alpi's triple-double on bobblehead night, Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr. and Eric Gordon all struggling offensively, Jabari making a big impact on defense despite offensive issues, Rockets weathering the storm to start the second half, Kyle Kuzma goes OFF in the fourth quarter without Jabari checking him and more.
32 min
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How Jalen Green's Career Night Ended Houston Ro...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets ending the 13-game losing streak behind a career-high 42 point night from Jalen Green in a 119-114 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. How did Jalen bounce back from arguably his worst game ever and what adjustments did he make to find the success against Minnesota, Alperen Sengun being game planned for EARLY by the Wolves opening opportunities for other guys, Rockets rebounding by committee against Rudy Gobert, Tari Eason continues to be impactful as a starter, Jae'Sean Tate pushing the pace and taking pressure off Jalen as a ball handler and more.
42 min
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Jalen Green Concerns, Alperen Sengun's Defense,...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss what the level of concern should be surrounding franchise cornerstone Jalen Green, the coaching staff's role in his regression, the Alperen Sengun defense narrative receiving national attention, and the Rockets reportedly turning down an offer of FOUR second round picks from the Milwaukee Bucks for veteran guard Eric Gordon as they are still seeking a first round pick.
36 min
10
Jalen Green's Issues, Alperen Sengun's Impact A...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 13th straight loss 113-104 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and what was the worst performance of Jalen Green's NBA career. Jalen's struggles and concerning lack of effort/involvement throughout the game, Rockets unable to slow down Anthony Edwards AT ALL, Alperen Sengun continues to dominate despite the losing and the advanced numbers back it up, turnovers (23) and missed free throws (19/33) too much to overcome, Tari Eason gets his first career NBA start, Josh Christopher makes an impact off the bench and more.
34 min
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Time To Fire Stephen Silas? Houston Rockets Los...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets ugly 122-117 loss at home to the Charlotte Hornets who were without LaMelo Ball for the second half of the game. Why it feels like it's time to move on from head coach Stephen Silas, the ugliness of the loss itself with both teams playing some horrific basketball, Jabari Smith Jr. out with no timetable for return, trying to draw positives from the offensive performances of Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun and more.
35 min
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Why Did Former Rockets Guard John Wall Call Hou...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss comments made by former Houston Rockets guard John Wall in a podcast interview about lack or organizational accountability, how Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are being allowed to play, how he navigated being asked to not play for a year and more. What do Wall's comments prove or disprove about the Rockets organization?
38 min
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How Alperen Sengun Proved He's A Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss and break down how Alperen Sengun proved he is a franchise cornerstone piece in the best game of his career and historic night for the Houston Rockets against LeBron James & the Los Angeles Lakers. Alpi's career-high 33 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assist night and above-average defensive performance including 4 blocked shots, Jalen Green's rough start but bouncing back in the second half, Jabari Smith Jr. showcasing LOTS of offensive potential, Eric Gordon locked in and playing well again, Rockets responding to Lakers runs in the fourth and keeping the game close into crunch time and more.
40 min
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KJ Martin & Alperen Sengun Shine As Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets competitive 121-100 loss to the LA Clippers despite missing Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jae'Sean Tate before a fourth quarter offensive collapse. How different the Rockets look on both sides of the floor without Jalen/KPJ, KJ Martin with one of his best games of the season, Alperen Sengun getting more offensive reps, Eric Gordon turning back the clock and looking like vintage EG, Jabari Smith Jr. growing confidence and showing flashes, late-game rotation decisions leading to fourth quarter collapse and more.
38 min
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Why The Houston Rockets Should Use Alperen Seng...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Alperen Sengun's postgame comments about how the Houston Rockets offense changes without Kevin Porter Jr., how Houston can strike a balance between playing more through Sengun, but also still allowing KPJ and Jalen Green to be primary options, commentary from other NBA players about how Alpi has impressed them, why are the Rockets the only team that do not seem to recognize his talent, and hopes/goals/dreams/aspirations for the second half of the season.
42 min
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Houston Rockets Alperen Sengun Becomes Youngest...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to Alperen Sengun making history with his first career triple-double in the Houston Rockets high-scoring 135-115 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Houston running more offense through Sengun with no Kevin Porter Jr. leaving the game early (left foot contusion), Jalen Green continues to struggle with his efficiency (26 points on 25 shots), KJ Martin's HUGE night off the bench, Jabari Smith Jr. POSTERIZING Keegan Murray, Rockets with one of their best offensive quarters all season followed by a fourth quarter collapse, Jae'Sean Tate and Sengun as "offensive connectors" and more.
37 min
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Amen Thompson Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft Pr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to break down and discuss Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft Prospect Amen Thompson, highlighting strengths (playmaking, athleticism) and weaknesses (shooting), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
39 min
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Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. Lacking "Veteran...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Austin Rivers' postgame comments about Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. needing to learn "how to play the right way" + a Houston Rockets midseason check-in now that we are at the 40 game mark. What have we learned about this team so far?
46 min
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Alperen Sengun & Houston Rockets Start STRONG A...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss the Houston Rockets 104-96 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves where Houston led by as many as 20 points midway through the second quarter... So what happened? How the Rockets got off to such a hot start, Jalen Green facilitating despite missing shots, Kevin Porter Jr. continuing to play more off-ball, pushing the pace and getting in transition with a season-high 22 fast break points, Alperen Sengun's monster first half then struggling in the second, encouraging signs from Jabari Smith Jr., impactful play off the bench from KJ Martin, Jae'Sean Tate and more.
29 min
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Jae'Sean Tate Returns As Houston Rockets Strugg...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Jae'Sean Tate's return to the Houston Rockets lineup in what was mostly a competitive game against the Utah Jazz until late in the fourth quarter. Tate's energy, presence on both sides of the floor and impact on rotations/lineups, Rockets struggling to contain Lauri Markkennan who scored a career-high 49 points, Alperen Sengun's big night on the boards, Jalen Green dropping 30 by getting to the free throw line and more.
39 min
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Stephen Silas EJECTED As Houston Rockets Get Bl...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets embarrassing, blowout loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, including Stephen Silas being ejected from the game at the end of the first quarter. Rockets starting the game off poorly and going down BIG early, some one-sided officiating and frustration with the game leading to Silas getting ejected, how much longer does Silas have as the Rockets head coach, Jabari Smith Jr. playing with heart despite being blow out, KJ Martin perfect 7/7 FG off the bench, John Lucas coaching decisions filling in for Silas and more.
33 min
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Houston Rockets Offense Better With Alperen Sen...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets coming up just short against the Dallas Mavericks at home + their Rockets New Year's resolutions. Jalen Green shooting struggles, but aggressiveness in getting to the foul line, Jabari Smith Jr. with some fantastic defense on Luka Doncic in the first half and late in the game, what allowed the Mavs to get back into the game in the second half, Alperen Sengun returns to the lineup and makes the offense look SO MUCH better, Rockets New Year's resolutions and more.
40 min
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Eric Gordon Says "No Improvement" After Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses Eric Gordon's damning "no improvement" comments after the Houston Rockets ugly 108-88 loss to the New York Knicks on New Year's Eve. Unpacking Gordon's FULL postgame comments and the reasons for them, was this EG's last game as a Rocket, turnovers and poor execution against the Knicks and more.
40 min
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Jabari Smith Jr. Hot Start, But Rockets Struggl...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets frustrating 129-114 loss to the Dallas Mavericks after a promising first quarter. Jabari Smith Jr. ON FIRE early in the game, but the Rockets failed to go back to him over the course of the next three quarters, lack of urgency in transition, poor body language and effort leading to defensive lapses, Alperen Sengun foul trouble, and Usman Garuba's impact + Jackson shares the BEST and WORST from 2022 in the final podcast of the year.
38 min
25
Houston Rockets Hierarchy: How Should Jalen Gre...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston Rockets player hierarchy, how the team prioritizes Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr., things that each player can do to make life easier for teammates on the floor + could Devin Booker's injury force the Phoenix Suns to trade for Eric Gordon?
35 min
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Kevin Porter Jr. & Jalen Green Strong Nights In...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss encouraging signs and a competitive Houston Rockets game despite the 126-102 final score against the Boston Celtics. Jalen Green struggling in the first half then going OFF in the third quarter, Kevin Porter Jr. carrying the offense early and having a flawless playmaking game (9 assists 0 Turnovers), TyTy Washington's play helping elevate the Rockets bench unit, competitive game against the best team in the NBA on the second night of a back-to-back, Alperen Sengun a non-factor offensively (0 points, 0/3 FG, 22 minutes), Jabari Smith Jr.'s shooting slump continues and more.
39 min
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Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Alperen Sengun ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Alperen Sengun combining for 85 points(!) and leading the Houston Rockets to a big-time win against the Chicago Bulls 133-118. KPJ with his best game as a Rocket since dropping 50 and 11 against the Bucks, Jalen Green on fire early, Alperen Sengun insanely efficient night + LOTS of dunks, unselfishness creating good ball movement and quality offense, Rockets responding to the Bulls with a HUGE 17-1 run in the third quarter, good game management and rotations by Stephen Silas in the second half and more.
33 min
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James Harden Considering Free Agency Return To ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the the holiday Woj bomb that James Harden is reportedly "seriously considering a return to the Houston Rockets in free agency this July" and what that would mean for the Rockets timeline moving forward. Why would Harden want to leave Philly? Is this possibly just a leverage play? How would Harden returning benefit guys like Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr.? What would the expectations be for a Harden-led Rockets team this time around?
32 min
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Should The Houston Rockets Sign James Harden Ne...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the latest rumor shared by ESPN's Tim MacMahon that the current buzz around the league is to watch out for a potential James Harden return to Houston if it doesn't work out in Philly. What are the pros and cons to a Harden homecoming? Would it be the right move for this young group?
41 min
30
Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. Struggle As Hous...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets getting blown out by the San Antonio Spurs for the second time in less than two weeks and what this loss tells us about the team. Backcourt struggles for Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., Alperen Sengun the only positive out of the Rockets starters, defensive issues containing the Spurs as FIVE players scored in double-figures off the bench, reporting on trade interest surrounding Eric Gordon, Jae'Sean Tate, Tari Eason and more.
32 min
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Houston Rockets Positive Defensive Trend, TyTy ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss takeaways from the last two Houston Rockets games against the Miami Heat and Portland Trailblazers, focusing on the confidence the group is playing with defensively, especially at the end of games, how that is raising the floor of the overall defense, TyTy Washington starting to get legitimate rotation minutes, pros and cons of TyTy vs. Daishen Nix, how the Rockets have attempted to balance a 12-13 man rotation so far and more.
40 min
32
Should The Houston Rockets Trade KJ Martin Or O...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the latest report concerning KJ Martin and Eric Gordon trade rumors, with KJ reportedly "hoping to be moved to a team that can give him a more significant role", how the Rockets should handle KJ moving forward, what does a good return even look like for Gordon at this point, and lastly the two discuss encouraging defensive developments for the young Rockets, spearheaded by Jabari Smith Jr.
36 min
33
Jalen Green & Jabari Smith Jr. Strong Games As ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks discusses the Houston Rockets 111-97 win against a depleted Phoenix Suns team missing Devin Booker and Cam Johnson completely, and Deandre Ayton and Cam Payne not playing in the second half. Jalen Green finding ways to be efficient despite the outside shot not falling, Jabari Smith Jr. with a great first half, but then forgotten about in the second, Alperen Sengun being a monster on the glass, Kevin Porter Jr. struggling throughout the game, too many turnovers and an overall poor shooting night for Houston, and lastly Jackson explores the idea of "fake wins" and all the factors that add context to this game.
31 min
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Eric Gordon & KJ Martin In Latest Houston Rocke...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the latest reported NBA trade buzz concerning Eric Gordon, KJ Martin and the Houston Rockets possibly being involved in a three-team deal with the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. What does a good return look like for Gordon at this point? Why does KJ's name keep popping up in trade rumors? Is there more to be gained by packaging those players together?
37 min
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Houston Rockets Get Emotional Win Behind Jabari...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets gutsy, emotional win against the Milwaukee Bucks in the absence of their head coach Stephen Silas, behind a GREAT defensive performance from Jabari Smith Jr. and an incredibly efficient 30-point night from Jalen Green. How the Rockets slowed down Giannis Antetokounmpo with Jabari as his primary defender, capitalizing on good defense by getting out in transition, Jalen working the two-man game with Alperen Sengun, Kevin Porter Jr. with two key defensive stops late in the game and more.
27 min
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Houston Rockets National Criticism Fair? + Alpe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to national criticism of the Houston Rockets by ESPN's Zach Lowe and Jonathan Givony, who voiced concerns over Houston's lack of offseason structure and how that's impacting Jabari Smith Jr.'s development, but also praised players like rookie Tari Eason and KJ Martin. The two then share data on the Rockets primary ball handlers (Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Eric Gordon) and how they've looked this season operating with Alperen Sengun as the primary screener.
32 min
37
Houston Rockets Changing Narratives? + Jalen Gr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets chances to start changing the narrative surround the team, it's players, and head coach Stephen Silas as the schedule eases up here in December with a 7-game homestand, Jalen Green splits this season (road vs. home, month to month, etc.), and the future of the small forward spot between Jae'Sean Tate (is he still alive?), KJ Martin and Tari Eason.
39 min
38
Kevin Porter Jr. & Jalen Green Lead Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets impressive DOUBLE OVERTIME win against Joel Embiid, James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers with so many different players contributing in key ways down the stretch. Jalen Green's huge night scoring in the paint, Kevin Porter Jr.'s game-saving plays against Harden and Embiid, Tari Eason's huge spark off the bench in the third quarter, Alperen Sengun staying aggressive on defense with five fouls, Jabari Smith Jr.'s big-time threes and more.
32 min
39
Jalen Green Leads Comeback In Houston Rockets W...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets back-to-back slate of weekend games with Friday's 122-121 comeback win against the Phoenix Suns and Saturday's 120-101 stinker against the Golden State Warriors. Jalen Green's HUGE 20-point third quarter to spearhead the Rockets comeback against the Suns, followed by Kevin Porter Jr. and Bruno Fernando carrying in the fourth, perimeter defense allowing Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole to go off, the Rockets refusal to make Alperen Sengun a focal point, capitalizing on positive chemistry between Jalen/Sengun and KPJ/Bruno and more.
26 min
40
Houston Rockets Discipline, Defense Issues, Min...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the disappointing level of the play from the Houston Rockets second game in Denver after a promising three quarters in game one against the Nuggets, how the rotations at center will likely look moving forward with Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Bruno Fernado, and a deep-dive on what's happening with the Rockets defense and ideas on how it can be improved.
36 min
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Houston Rockets Blowout Loss To Denver Nuggets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 120-100 blowout loss against the Denver Nuggets, focusing on the slow start on both sides of the ball. What changed from game one to game two against Denver, why the Rockets are getting off to slow starts, how this loss is NOT the end of the world and more.
29 min
42
Rockets Rookie Tari Eason Exclusive On Offensiv...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) sits down with Houston Rockets rookie forward Tari Eason (@TAR13ASON) to discuss working with the coaching staff to become a better finisher around the rim, where his competitiveness comes from, how he and Josh Christopher push each other behind the scenes, defensive impact off the bench and more.
4 min
43
Alperen Sengun & Houston Rockets Strong First H...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 129-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets, where they were competitive and played a strong first half, responded to multiple Denver runs in the third quarter, but didn't have an answer for the Nuggets final burst in the third period. Alperen Sengun going toe-to-toe with Nikola Jokic and receiving a HUGE endorsement from the two-time MVP after the game, Jalen Green struggling against Nuggets ball pressure, foul trouble limiting Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. for portions of this game, losing track of Jamal Murray in the third quarter, Josh Christopher putting in postgame work and more.
25 min
44
Jabari Smith Jr. Exclusive On Houston Rockets G...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) sits down with Jabari Smith Jr. (@jabarismithjr) to discuss settling into his rookie season, on and off the court growth, working with head coach Stephen Silas, using his voice on the court and in the locker room, and developing his relationship with Jalen Green.
6 min
45
Houston Rockets Quarter Season Grades For Jalen...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to do a Houston Rockets quarter season report card handing out letter grades assessing both individual and team performance across the roster. Where do Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith Jr. and Alperen Sengun and the rest of the Rockets grade out at now that we are 1/4 of the way through the season?
47 min
46
Jalen Green & Alperen Sengun Set Career-Highs I...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets blowout win against the OKC Thunder behind two HUGE games from Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun. Jalen with a career-high 9 assists to go with his 28 points, Al-P with 21 points, a career-high 19(!) rebounds and 7 assists in his return to the lineup, Jabari Smith Jr. rebounding well and letting it fly from deep, Kevin Porter Jr. struggling early but bouncing back in the second half, Rockets showing maturity by building and *maintaining* their lead against the Thunder and more.
35 min
47
Jabari Smith Jr. & Jalen Green Respond To Hawks...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 128-122 BEST win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, focusing on the third quarter altercation between Jabari Smith Jr. and Dejounte Murray, Jalen Green having Jabari's back and how the Rockets responded from that moment onward, Jalen's superstar night and clowning Trae Young on IG, Jabari draining FIVE threes and responding to the Hawks disrespect, KJ Martin with a career-high 15 rebounds, GARRY BIRD FLIES AGAIN, Bruno Fernando makes his return to the lineup, Usman Garuba's bench play and more.
38 min
48
Evaluating Houston Rockets Head Coach Stephen S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss how Rockets fans' expectations of the team and Stephen Silas have shifted from where they were coming into the season, concerns over player accountability and being able to make "hard decisions", would moving on from Silas mid-season be the right or wrong move, what needs to happen over the next month or so to generate renewed faith and more.
39 min
49
Kevin Porter Jr. Leads Rockets With 30, Jabari ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets competitive loss against the Golden State Warriors, going down big early, having a HUGE second quarter, and then keeping things neck-and-neck until Steph Curry hit some insane shots down the stretch to put the game away. Kevin Porter Jr. with arguably his best game of the season, Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason both with career nights and sparked the Rockets comeback in the second quarter, including Bari looking MUCH more comfortable offensively, Jalen Green struggling against the Warriors defensive length, but still getting to the free throw line, Alperen Sengun vs. Usman Garuba defensively and more.
31 min
50
Houston Rockets Offensive Identity, Opening Thi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston Rockets drive-and-kick offensive philosophy, what it looks like when it's at it's best, how the young players struggle at time to recognize how to attack defenses, the players with the best offensive recognition on the roster, and lastly breaking down "split cut" actions that can be used to keep Jabari Smith Jr. more involved in the offense.
35 min
51
Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba & Houston Rockets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 101-92 BLOCK PARTY win against the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks playing without Luka Doncic. Rockets with an insane 19(!) blocks, tying second-most in franchise history, including a career-high 5 blocks from Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba's defensive impact and spark off the bench, Kevin Porter Jr. closing the game out and Jabari Smith Jr. dialing in defensively in the fourth, Jalen Green's playmaking continues to impress and more.
32 min
52
How Much Does NOT Having Jae'Sean Tate Hurt The...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jae'Sean Tate's role for this Houston Rockets team and comments by head coach Stephen Silas and guard Kevin Porter Jr. about how difficult it is playing without him, because of both his on-court abilities and also his voice as a leader, followed by three things to watch for against the Dallas Mavericks, including a possible revenge game for former Rockets Christian Wood, and a possible huge night for Alperen Sengun.
30 min
53
Jalen Green Shows Playmaking Growth In Houston ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 122-106 loss against the LA Clippers, where Jalen Green showcased his playmaking skills with a career-high-tying 7 assists along, Alperen Sengun's chemistry with JG offensively looking good, Kevin Porter Jr. with a ROUGH shooting night, Rockets getting away from moving the basketball, KJ Martin taking a vocal role in the locker room, and Eric Gordon voicing his frustrations to media and on Twitter.
39 min
54
Houston Rockets Competitiveness When Jalen Gree...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the concerning trend of Jalen Green not getting touches at the end of close games, encouragement based on the competitive nature of the Houston Rockets when Jalen play's well, the impact of GOON SQUAD members Tari Eason and Usman Garuba, how lineups will be affected once Jae'Sean Tate and Bruno Fernando return and more.
36 min
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Jalen Green Drops 33 Points, Jabari Smith Jr. 1...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks discusses the Houston Rockets 119-106 loss against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, where turnovers and bad fourth quarter offense prevented the Rockets from coming away with the win. Jalen Green's scorching scoring performance, most of which coming when playing without Kevin Porter Jr., KPJ's solid night but turnovers and inability to get back to feeding Jalen in the fourth, the goon squad of KJ Martin, Tari Eason and Usman Garuba helping the Rockets get back into the game during the third quarter run, Jabari Smith Jr. STRONG night on the boards (15) and two blocks on Jonas Valanciunas, Alperen Sengun's foul troubles limiting his play and more.
29 min
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Houston Rockets Playmaking, Jabari Smith Jr. Tr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 116-109 competitive loss on the road against the Toronto Raptors with encouraging signs across the board. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green's fantastic playmaking performances, Alperen Sengun's best defensive performance of the season, Jabari Smith Jr. wtih 15/10 trending in the right direction, Tari Eason SENSATIONAL off the bench despite A LOT of missed shots around the rim, KJ Martin and Usman Garuba block party and more.
29 min
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KJ Martin's Growth & Early Season Impact For Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss KJ Martin's impact for the Houston Rockets this season after so much uncertainty surrounding his future with the team this offseason, what KJ provides when he's on the floor, the possibility of negotiating a contract extension and an Xs and Os breakdown of one of the Rockets regularly run offensive sets.
34 min
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Jalen Green Scores 34, KJ Martin Adds 21 To Lea...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets picking up their second win of the season against the Orlando Magic 134-127 behind a HUGE 34-point night from Jalen Green. Jalen's big-time scoring night, Rockets ball movement and HOT shooting, different Rockets stepping up throughout the evening, Kevin Porter Jr. leading the response to the Magic run in the fourth, Alperen Sengun another solid 20/10 night, KJ Martin production off the bench, key moments from Tari Eason, and why Jabari Smith Jr. is struggling so poorly.
35 min
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Alperen Sengun & Houston Rockets Improved Ball ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Houston showcased some nice ball movement for 3/4 quarters, but collapsed hard enough in the second frame to keep them out of the rest of the game. Alperen Sengun continues to look strong when given minutes, inefficient nights from Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, Rockets second quarter collapse, how the Wolves adjusted their defense throughout the game, KJ Martin continues to be a consistent contributor, Usman Garuba making Karl Anthony-Towns work hard, Tari Eason doing a little bit of everything and more.
29 min
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Houston Rockets Trusting Alperen Sengun More Of...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss how the Houston Rockets are beginning to trust Alperen Sengun more offensively allowing him to get post touches, his growing role as a screener for Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, issues facing the Rockets defensively when Al-P is on the floor and more.
34 min
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Alperen Sengun HUGE Night, Jalen Green Breaks S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets second straight game against the LA Clippers, this time in Houston, with a final score of 109-101, but some positive silver linings throughout the game. Alperen Sengun's huge night as a focal point of the Rockets offense, Jalen Green breaking out of his shooting slump, Kevin Porter Jr. with a strong first half, tough second half, Usman Garuba and Tari Eason providing much-needed spark and energy off the Rockets bench, possibly Jabari Smith Jr.'s worst game so far, Stephen Silas' pregame comments about the importance of Eric Gordon and more.
36 min
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Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr. & Houston Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas' decision-making and if he's coaching to WIN or coaching for development, how the Rockets offense and Jalen Green could benefit from going through Alperen Sengun and why it makes sense now to keep Al-P in the starting lineup, best Rockets rotation player so far this season, and the possible impact on the Brooklyn picks after the Nets have decided to fire head coach Steve Nash.
37 min
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Houston Rockets Lose In Final Seconds To LA Cli...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets nail-biter against the LA Clippers, coming up just short 95-93 in the final moments of the game after some questionable decisions in the final 87 seconds. Rockets lineup change up 5 with 90 seconds to go, final possessions being drawn up for Eric Gordon, KJ Martin's big night, Alperen Sengun generating good offense, Jalen Green hopefully starting to get out of his shooting slump, solid overall night for Kevin Porter Jr., bench unit carrying the game with hustle and more.
32 min
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Kevin Porter Jr. Shines, Jalen Green Struggles ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets hard fought game and fourth quarter collapse against the Phoenix Suns, spearheaded by a fantastic night from Kevin Porter Jr., despite Jalen Green's continued shooting struggles and Jabari Smith Jr.'s quiet night. KPJ making solid reads and LIVING at the free throw line (career-high 14 attempts), Jalen continues to shoot poorly from the floor, down to 26% over these last three games, Jabari still adjusting to the speed of the NBA, UZ ALL MIGHTY Usman Garuba's impact off the bench, Rockets defensive miscues against Suns pick-and-roll, fourth quarter meltdown and more.
33 min
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Houston Rockets Offensive Issues, Why Jalen Gre...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the issues with the Houston Rockets offense over the last couple of games against the Utah Jazz, most notably the drastic increase in isolation plays, players falling into bad habits, spacing issues and more, why some of these problems have started popping up over the last couple games, ways the coaching staff can adjust moving forward to get things back on track, and a deep breakdown of one possession that encapsulates many of the issues this young Rockets team is dealing with.
39 min
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Kevin Porter Jr. Fourth Quarter Comeback Not En...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets ugly game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, with one of the few silver linings being Kevin Porter Jr.'s play in the fourth, spearheading the Rockets comeback. KPJ struggling through three quarters but finding his rhythm in the fourth and clawing the Rockets back into the game, Jalen Green's individual defense continues to impress despite offensive struggles, Rockets offense devolving into ISO after ISO with little-to-no off-ball actions or wrinkles to generate easy shots, too many turnovers leading to fast break opportunities for the Jazz and more.
31 min
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Evaluating Kevin Porter Jr.'s Play Through Four...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Kevin Porter Jr.'s performance through the first handful of games this season, how to evaluate his play as the point guard for this Houston Rockets team, whether some of the criticisms of his game are fair or not and more + the two share extended thoughts on the bench moment between Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. late against the Utah Jazz as well as the adjustments and things they hope to see out of Rockets-Jazz part two in Salt Lake City.
35 min
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Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Jabari Smith Jr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets picking up their first win of the season against the red-hot Utah Jazz behind 20+ nights from each of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jabari Smith Jr. and key buckets late from Eric Gordon. Jabari starting at the five with no Bruno Fernando and no Alperen Sengun, KPJ with a big night but questionable shot diet, Jalen Green goes for an efficient 25 points through three quarters, then only gets one shot in the fourth, a small dust-up on the Rockets with 30 seconds left to play between Jalen and Jabari that was blown way out of proportion on social media and more.
33 min
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Usman Garuba Starts, Jalen Green & KPJ Struggle...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 125-105 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, very much looking like they were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Why did the Rockets decide to start Usman Garuba over Alperen Sengun in the absence of Bruno Fernando, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. struggling against the Bucks defense, Giannis doing Giannis things, Garuba with an impressive night all things considered, Jabari Smith Jr. still settling in and more.
34 min
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Jalen Green Scores 33, Alperen Sengun Adds 23, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets home opener of the season, an electric, high-octane battle against the Memphis Grizzlies where Jalen Green and Ja Morant went head-to-head and both had MONSTER games. Jalen's scoring burst to start the game, Morant responding after his first stint on the bench, how the Rockets struggled to contain Morant in the pick and roll, Alperen Sengun's impressive night off the bench, Jabari Smith Jr. not being involved enough offensively, the Rockets matching the intensity and physicality of the Grizzlies throughout the game and more.
30 min
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Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Houston Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses takeaways from the Houston Rockets season opener loss against the Atlanta Hawks 117-107, a hard-fought game that was within striking distance until the final few minutes. The battle of the backcourts between Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, TURNOVERS (both forced and unforced), Alperen Sengun coming off the bench with Bruno Fernando getting the starting nod, trying to defend the Hawks PnR offense, rotations used and more.
37 min
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Houston Rockets Culture Reset Led By Jalen Gree...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston Rockets culture reset and tone headed into the 2022-2023 NBA season, differences between this year and last year highlighted by Stephen Silas, the growth and maturity of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., how the Rockets are trying to unlock offensive potential with Bruno Fernando as a vertical spacing threat, key matchups between Jalen, KPJ, Trae Young, Dejounte Murray and other things to watch for in Rocket-Hawks and more.
36 min
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Kevin Porter Jr. Receives Contract Extension Fr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets bombshell news that Kevin Porter Jr. received a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with some incredibly team-friendly terms on it, including non-guaranteed money in years two & three and a team-option in year four. Framework of KPJ's new deal, why the Rockets were able to make it work before the deadline passed, "trust" being shared between KPJ and Rafael Stone, KPJ's initial reaction to the news, Stephen Silas' reaction and relationship with KPJ and more.
34 min
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Jalen Green Drops 33 Points, Kevin Porter Jr. A...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets final preseason game against the Indiana Pacers that saw Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. combine for 55 points as the Rockets shot lights out from long-range (46.2%) improving to 3-1 across preseason. Jalen showing exactly why he will one day lead the NBA in scoring, KPJ continues to look more confident and comfortable on the floor, Alperen Sengun bounces back from his struggles against the Miami Heat, the Houston forward brigade getting it done on the glass, Josh Christopher possibly the man on the outside looking in, why Houston likely waived Derrick Favors and more.
37 min
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Jalen Green's Former Coach Talks His Growth Wit...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Jalen Green's former coach Joey Fuca (@coachfuca) to discuss Jalen's adjustment to the NBA game throughout his rookie season, his leadership qualities both on and off the floor, what Jalen spent time working on this past offseason, unselfishness in wanting to get teammates involved, negative media labels, expectations for this upcoming season and more.
26 min
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Alperen Sengun Adjusting To Role + Houston Rock...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Houston Rockets updates like Stephen Silas returning from health and safety protocols + Jabari Smith Jr. returning to practice, but still being held out for the final preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, followed by highlighting Silas' thoughts on Alperen Sengun adjusting to his new role here as a starter and in the offensive system, then Jackson shares the report that the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Portland Trailblazers all have interest in forward KJ Martin, whether moving KJ is the right move at this time, and what those teams could potentially offer in a trade package.
29 min
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How Do The Houston Rockets Balance Jalen Green,...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to first share thoughts on the media negativity and labels currently being attached to Jalen Green before diving into the discussion of how the Houston Rockets can balance and get the most production out of Jalen, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun this season, either by staggering the backcourt minutes or allowing Al-P the chance to run the second-unit.
38 min
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Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. Light It Up, Alpe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 118-110 loss against the Miami Heat in their third preseason game of the year. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. both getting it done offensively, scoring 20+ each... but at the expense of Alperen Sengun who's role was reduced to just setting screens, Rockets losing control of the game early in the second quarter with a questionable at best lineup off the bench, Tari Eason and KJ Martin continue to impress on the wing, Garrison Mathews still misfiring from long-range, and Josh Christopher struggling badly early on before coming alive late.
33 min
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Alperen Sengun Huge Test Against Bam Adebayo, M...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by new weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the biggest storyline going into the Houston Rockets third preseason game: how will new starting center Alperen Sengun handle the upgraded competition against Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat + the looming Rockets roster crunch with the season just over a week away, who is the most likely name to be cut/traded to get the roster down to 15 players, and other storylines to pay attention to in Rockets-Heat like Tari Eason, KJ Martin, and Kevin Porter Jr.
43 min
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Jalen Green & Tari Eason Lead The Way As Housto...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Raj Nair (@reezySZN) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets preseason win against the Toronto Raptors 116-100, behind 23 points from Jalen Green and 24 points from Tari Eason off the bench. Jalen's electric play, scoring at all three levels, getting to the free throw line and hitting some INSANELY tough shots, Tari staking his claim for a rotation spot sooner rather than later, the Rockets wreaking havoc defensively with so many switchable wings on the floor, Kevin Porter Jr. looking to be more "in control" so far, and a pair of rough nights for Garrison Mathews and Daishen Nix.
43 min
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Jabari Smith Jr. Injury, Jalen Green's Aggressi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the news that Jabari Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain) and Eric Gordon (rest) will both be OUT for the Houston Rockets second preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. The two talk about Jabari's impact on both sides of the floor against the San Antonio Spurs, Jalen Green's aggressive mentality, how the 4-out-1-in offense has looked so far, Jabari's ability to play off of Alperen Sengun, who steps into the starting lineup against the Raptors, expectations/predictions for the Toronto game and more.
32 min
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Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. Expectations, Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) to discuss expectations for year two Jalen Green, what does Kevin Porter Jr. need to showcase to prove he is the long-term point guard, the Houston Rockets offensive and defensive goals for this season, how impressive Jabari Smith Jr. has looked through camp and the preseason opener, Alperen Sengun as an offensive hub, and the marquee matchup between the two top prospects of the 2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wenbanyama and Scoot Henderson.
39 min
83
Jabari Smith's Ceiling, KJ Martin's New Role Fo...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss Jabari Smith's ceiling as a player after some VERY high praise from assistant coach John Lucas at Rockets practice, KJ Martin's new role(!?) as a small forward and his growth as a player, Usman Garuba's impact defensively in the preseason opener and what he needs to do to carve out a consistent role in Houston, and how impressive TyTy Washington looked in limited minutes.
36 min
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Houston Rockets New Identity, Jabari Smith & Al...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the identity and culture forming with this young Houston Rockets team, how some fans may be undervaluing Jae'Sean Tate's importance to the organization, how well Jabari Smith and Alperen Sengun play off of each other and what more we can expect from the young frontcourt, and Bruno Fernando earning a four-year deal, his role on the team, and the impact it will have elsewhere on the roster.
38 min
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Jabari Smith Jr. ON FIRE & Tari Eason DOMINANT ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets blowout of the San Antonio Spurs 134-96 behind 21 points each from Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason. Jabari being ON FIRE from long range, Spurs with no answer for Tari inside, new defensive identity developing in Houston, Bruno Fernando's new contract (???) and possible backup center role, Alperen Sengun as the offensive hub, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green struggling offensively, but why that is OK, Garry Bird with only five minutes of run and Josh Christopher as the 12th man off the bench.
35 min
86
Houston-OKC Trade & Rockets Training Camp: Jaba...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston-OKC Thunder trade sending OUT David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke & Marquese Chriss for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick via Atlanta AND takeaways from Rockets training camp day three, focusing on Jabari Smith's IMPRESSIVE defensive display, how he impacts the Rockets defensive identity, new offensive schemes being implemented by Stephen Silas and how the new offense will help Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun.
40 min
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Houston Rockets Training Camp: Lineups, Eric Go...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) of the Houston Chronicle to discuss takeaways from Houston Rockets training camp day two, including potential lineups and the Rockets likely fifth starter, Eric Gordon's impact going beyond the traditional "veteran leadership" role, defensive adjustments hinted at by both Stephen Silas and players, Jalen Green becoming more vocal and more.
38 min
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Houston Rockets Training Camp: Conditioning Tes...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses sights, sounds and takeaways from day one of Houston Rockets training camp, focusing on Stephen Silas' conditioning test to set the tone for the group, Jalen Green working on shot mechanics with John Lucas, Usman Garuba's role and impact, Jabari Smith growing into his role as a vocal leader and TyTy Washington's mentality as a combo-guard.
32 min
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Houston Rockets Media Day! Kevin Porter Jr Matu...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses takeaways from Houston Rockets media day for the 2022-2023 NBA season, highlighted by Kevin Porter Jr.'s genuine and mature answers, Jalen Green's offseason growth, Jabari Smith's defensive prowess, Stephen Silas and Rafael Stone's vision for the season, Alperen Sengun's masterclass in english public speaking, BOBAN BEING BOBAN, Josh Christopher all about the vibes, Jae'Sean Tate describing the culture in Houston as "electric" and KJ Martin stating "I'm just here to do my job."
32 min
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Houston Rockets Questions & Storylines Going In...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the biggest questions and storylines heading into Houston Rockets media day for the 2022-2023 NBA season + two recent talking points brought up by The Athletic's Kelly Iko regarding the futures of both veteran guard Eric Gordon and third year wing KJ Martin. Is this the make or break year for Stephen Silas? What about Kevin Porter Jr.? What has Jalen Green worked on this offseason? How much will the addition of Jabari Smith elevate the Rockets defense? What did Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba learn from playing in EuroBasket? Who will be the Rockets fifth starter, Eric Gordon or Jae'Sean Tate? Will Tari Eason and TyTy Washington be in the rotation early or be sent to the G League?
33 min
91
Are Jalen Green, KPJ & Jabari Smith The Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Kris Gardner (@TheHRReview) of Houston Roundball Review to discuss Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jabari Smith as the three most important pieces of the Houston Rockets rebuilding timeline, attributes that standout, areas of needed improvement, expectations for this upcoming season and more.
34 min
92
Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. ESPN & CBS Prese...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jalen Green on the ESPN top-100 player ranking list (No. 62) and Kevin Porter Jr. NOT on the CBS top-22 point guard list ahead of the 2022-2023 NBA season, whether these are fair evaluations based on where each player is at, parallels between Jalen and Anthony Edwards previous ESPN rankings, and possible NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement ramifications further down the line for the Houston Rockets.
36 min
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Stephen Silas Optimistic About Houston Rockets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss head coach Stephen Silas' recent one-on-one with Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen ahead of Houston Rockets training camp, optimism heading into the season, reasons why this year feels different compared to the last two, and expectations for his third season in Houston + KJ Martin's uncertain future, has he shown enough to cement himself a role on a roster with so much young talent all deserving of minutes?
34 min
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Houston Rockets Rotations Test: Stagger KPJ & J...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Paulo Alves (@PauloAlvesNBA) to have some fun with a Houston Rockets rotation thought experiment and discuss some of the difficult variables Stephen Silas will face trying to balance playing time for so many different players this season. Should Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green be staggered or not? Can the Rockets afford to play two non-shooters at the same time? Is a 10 or 11 man rotation realistic at all?
41 min
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Rockets Important Dates, Jalen Green & Jabari S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks over upcoming important dates for the Houston Rockets, including media day, training camp, preseason opener and the final date for rosters to be set headed into the NBA season, followed by highlighting the importance of NBA strength and conditioning programs and how adding strength and size will greatly benefit Jalen Green, Jabari Smith and other Rockets. Lastly, Jackson discusses EUROBASKET CHAMPION Usman Garuba and his impact throughout the tournament and how his passing should have fans incredibly optimistic about his ability to thrive in lineups next to Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
25 min
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How EuroBasket Is Helping Houston Rockets Cente...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss takeaways from Alperen Sengun's EuroBasket play, promising signs of his growth as a player both offensively AND defensively, how playing in EuroBasket is preparing Sengun for the grind of the NBA regular season + the two take a look at the newest bromance in Houston between Tari Eason and Boban Marjanovich, as well as the impact Boban will have on the locker room.
34 min
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EuroBasket Rockets: Alperen Sengun & Turkey Vs....
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the battle between Houston Rockets bigs as Alperen Sengun and Turkey battled against Usman Garuba and Spain in the final Group Stage game of EuroBasket, with Spain pulling out the win 72-69. Standout moments from Seng-Kong Vs. Garubazilla + a look ahead and predictions for Sengun's matchup with Rudy Gobert and France + Garuba against Lithuania and their frontcourt duo of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas.
30 min
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EuroBasket Rockets: Alperen Sengun DOMINATES Fo...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the play of Houston Rockets bigs Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba for Turkey and Spain respectively as the two move through the group stage of EuroBasket. Sengun's offensive bag getting deeper, including ONE-LEGGED DIRK FADEAWAYS, Garuba's offensive potential and flashes we've seen, the way Turkey utlizes Al-P offensively, prediction for the Turkey-Spain, Sengun-Garuba head-to-head game and more.
26 min
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Jabari Smith Snubbed + Houston Rockets Parallel...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Jabari Smith Jr. getting snubbed in a recent ESPN offseason poll and why it's not a huge deal, followed by diving into the BLOCKBUSTER trade between the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers, centered on Donovan Mitchell and Collin Sexton, and the parallels that can be drawn back to the Houston Rockets regarding any future moves for star players + Kevin Porter Jr. extension discussions.
35 min
100
Houston Rockets New Hardwood Classic Jersey Rea...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets new white, yellow, and green Hardwood Classic edition jerseys which pay homage to their days in San Diego, as well as highlighting the overseas play of Alperen Sengun for Turkey and Usman Garuba for Spain.
27 min