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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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901
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
902
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
903
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
904
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
905
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
906
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
907
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
908
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
909
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
910
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
911
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
912
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
913
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
914
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
915
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
916
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
917
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
918
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
919
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
920
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
921
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
922
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
923
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
924
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
925
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
926
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
927
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
928
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
929
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
930
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
931
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
932
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
933
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
934
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
935
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
936
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
937
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
938
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
939
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
940
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
941
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
942
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
943
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
944
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
945
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
946
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
947
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
948
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
949
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
950
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
951
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
952
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
953
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
954
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
955
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
956
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
957
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
958
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
959
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
960
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
961
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
962
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
963
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
964
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
965
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
966
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
967
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
968
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
969
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
970
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
971
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
972
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
973
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
974
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
975
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
976
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
977
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
978
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
979
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
980
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
981
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
982
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
983
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
984
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
985
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
986
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
987
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
988
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
989
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
990
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
991
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
992
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
993
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
994
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
995
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
996
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
997
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
998
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
999
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
1000
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