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The Locked On Rockets Podcast, hosted by Houston native Jackson Gatlin, is the BEST and ONLY daily (Mon-Fri) Houston Rockets basketball podcast. Every day Jackson discusses the latest on John Wall, Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr., Jae'Sean Tate, K.J. Martin, the Draft, Free Agency and the rest of the NBA. Previous guests include former Rockets Matt Bullard and Vernon Maxwell, legendary broadcaster Bill Worrell, Armoni Brooks, Jae'Sean Tate and more.


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901
Locked on Rockets — March 16 — Kelly Scaletta o...
We break down Houston's massive 139-100 win over the Lakers and their future playoff prospects with Kelly Scaletta, featured columnist for FanRag Sports and Bleacher Report. Kelly examines the Xs and Os of Houston's historic offense and explains why he...
27 min
902
Locked on Rockets — March 15 — Kyle Wiltjer ana...
As Houston's schedule finally lightens, could some extended bench options earn PT? We catch up with rookie Kyle Wiltjer (interview at 10:13), who explains his development as a rookie, his collegiate background and NCAA bracket picks, and what it's like...
26 min
903
Locked on Rockets — March 14 — Seth Payne on po...
How relevant was Sunday night's statement win for the Rockets (46-21), both from a confidence perspective and James Harden's MVP campaign? We break it all down with Seth Payne, the morning host for Houston's SportsRadio 610 and a former Houston Texans ...
28 min
904
Locked on Rockets — March 13 — Wedge effect: Wh...
Most Houston fans think James Harden deserves the NBA's 2016-17 MVP, but WILL he actually win it? On an off day for the Rockets, Ben dives into the numbers and explains why he thinks the odds are strongly in Harden's favor to bring home the award. #Ro...
19 min
905
Locked on Rockets — March 12 — King James? Hard...
In a possible MVP coronation for James Harden (38 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds), the Rockets (46-21) came up with one of their biggest wins of the season. Despite going down 14 early against LeBron James and the defending champs, the Rockets showed ...
15 min
906
Locked on Rockets — March 11 — On the Chicago b...
The Rockets (45-21) snapped their two-game losing streak in a big way in Friday's blowout in Chicago, led by Ryan Anderson's brilliant return from injury (21 points, 6-of-12 on 3s) and a suffocating defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters (when Chicago sco...
21 min
907
Locked on Rockets — March 10 — Roster moves (Wi...
In today's show, we examine Houston's recent wave of roster moves, led by the promotion of power forward Kyle Wiltjer to the active roster and the signing of swingman Troy Williams to a 10-day contract. We also catch up with play-by-play broadcaster Cr...
32 min
908
Locked on Rockets — March 8 — Matchup problems ...
James Harden had 35 points and the Utah Jazz were down two starters, but it still wasn't enough as Houston (44-21) lost its second consecutive game. Why are the Jazz (41-24) such a matchup problem? We examine the game plan implemented by Quin Snyder to...
16 min
909
Locked on Rockets — March 7 — Officiating blund...
The Rockets (44-20) lost a tough one in San Antonio on Monday night, falling 112-110 to the Spurs despite grabbing an early 16-point lead. We examine both the pros and the cons, including James Harden's incredible efficiency (39 points, 12 assists, 13-...
21 min
910
Locked on Rockets — March 6 — Previewing the Sp...
The Spurs are the only Western Conference playoff team that Houston has a losing record against (1-2), and they're also a likely Round 2 playoff opponent. So what can the Rockets do to turn the tables in the fourth and final regular season game between...
23 min
911
Locked on Rockets — March 5 — Harden's MVP effi...
The Rockets (44-19) took care of business in a big way on Saturday vs. Memphis. We look at the factors behind the win, including outstanding efficiency from James Harden and Eric Gordon (12-of-19 from 3) and strong performances inside from Clint Capela...
24 min
912
Locked on Rockets — March 3 — Statement win? ES...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins joins us to break down the Rockets' big win over the Clippers, led by improved rebounding at center from Clint Capela/Nene and a massive game from Pat Beverley. We also touch base will Calvin on James Harden's MVP campaign, the la...
19 min
913
Locked on Rockets — March 1 — Houston shows ext...
The Rockets (43-19) responded to the adversity of Monday's loss with perhaps their best showing of the entire season, routing the Clippers 122-103 in Los Angeles. James Harden (7-of-15 FG, 26 points) was more efficient, while Pat Beverley's heart (12 r...
21 min
914
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 28 — Rebounding woes, ...
The Rockets (42-19) were beaten badly on the boards for a second straight game, and this time they didn't have the offensive firepower to bail them out — leading to a stunning 117-108 home loss to the Pacers. We look at the top reasons for the defeat, ...
28 min
915
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 27 — Buyout update: On...
With Houston signing rookie guard Isaiah Taylor to one of its open roster spots, we explain why Daryl Morey bypassed the veteran route to go young there — as well as what veterans are realistic possibilities (Andrew Bogut? Luis Scola? Derrick Rose? Lar...
15 min
916
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 26 — T-Wolves recap, D...
The Rockets (42-18) gave up 130 points, but they still beat Minnesota by double digits thanks to an offense that scored a season-high 142. With that in mind, is Houston now the best offensive team in the NBA? Utah Jazz play-by-play broadcaster David Lo...
25 min
917
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 24 — Lou Williams shi...
Just two hours before tip, Lou Williams wasn't expected to play. He then ended up with a team-high 27 points (with a career-high 7 threes) in a 30-point win for the Rockets (41-18) in New Orleans. Ben breaks down a fantastic debut for Williams along wi...
17 min
918
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 23 — Deadline recap: B...
It was yet another busy trade deadline day for Daryl Morey, who shipped out K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis to boost Houston's available cap room for buyout targets in the days ahead. We take a look at potential candidates, headlined by Andrew Bogut, an...
20 min
919
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 22 — Dave Hardisty bre...
With the trade deadline looming Thursday afternoon and buyouts shortly thereafter, what more could Daryl Morey and the Rockets do? David Hardisty (@clutchfans) joins us with his thoughts on the Lou Williams trade, Houston's improved perception as a des...
32 min
920
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 21 — Lou Williams trad...
The Comeback's Shlomo Sprung joins Ben to help break down the shocking trade of Lakers guard Lou Williams to the Rockets, including his seamless fit in Mike D'Antoni's system, his role in the rotation, and the value of the deal for GM Daryl Morey. #Ro...
22 min
921
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 20 — What the DeMarcus...
What does the stunning trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans mean for the Rockets? We examine all the angles, including why Daryl Morey wasn't more aggressive in talks with the Kings and the implications of the Cousins-Anthony Davis tan...
21 min
922
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 19 — On preferred play...
What playoff matchups are most advantageous for the Rockets, and what conclusions can we draw from Eric Gordon's triumph in Saturday's three-point contest? Ben offers his takeaways, including a breakdown of how Memphis, Oklahoma City, Utah, and the Los...
25 min
923
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 16 — Film Study: Aly B...
Are bigger, athletic teams like Hassan Whiteside's Miami Heat a matchup problem for the Rockets (40-18)? Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins us for his regular "film study" segment with analysis, including a look at Houston's recent tendency to go stag...
36 min
924
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 15 — Heat's energy, re...
The Miami Heat (25-32) entered the game as one of the league's worst offensive teams, but they outmuscled and outhustled the Rockets (40-18) at Toyota Center, scoring a whopping 117 points in their 117-109 victory. James Harden (38 points, 12 rebounds,...
18 min
925
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 14 — Exploring the po...
The Rockets (40-17) didn't land Serge Ibaka, so what does that tell us about their approach to the trade deadline? We explore the likely factors behind Daryl Morey not getting a deal done, led by a focus on long-term cap ramifications, and what that me...
23 min
926
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 13 — Brie Hodenfield o...
With the Rockets off, we catch up with "Rocket Girl" super fan Brie Hodenfield (@00rocketgirl) and learn all about her latest line of Rockets-themed Valentine's Day cards. Brie also gives her take on the Rockets' rapid improvement on the floor, as well...
32 min
927
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 12 — Latest rout confi...
Five wins in six games, including four in a row. Two of the last three by 20+ points. It seems clear the Rockets (40-17), now 5 games up for the West's No. 3 seed, are back in peak form. In the aftermath of a 133-102 drubbing of the Suns, we examine ho...
27 min
928
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 10 — Harrell, Beverley...
With 4 wins in their last 5, are the Rockets (39-17) all the way back? We examine encouraging signs from Thursday night's double-digit win in Charlotte, including James Harden's killer instinct, continued strong play from Pat Beverley and Trevor Ariza,...
18 min
929
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 9 — ESPN's Calvin Watk...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins breaks down his report of the Rockets showing trade interest in big man Serge Ibaka and free agent interest in veteran guards Jarrett Jack and Mario Chalmers. With Houston (38-17) showing improved play of late on the floor, Calvin...
28 min
930
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 8 — Exploring the youn...
If the Rockets were to make an impact trade at the deadline, rather than one for mere depth, how could they do it? We examine the young assets other teams would most likely seek in such a deal — led by Montrezl Harrell, future draft picks, Sam Dekker, ...
35 min
931
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 7 — Fresh legs lift re...
With three off days prior to Tuesday's game, the Rockets (38-17) showed off fresh legs in a 128-104 win over Orlando. Red Nation Hoops contributor Taylor Pate joins us to break down how Houston posted its strongest team performance in weeks, led by res...
25 min
932
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 6 — Exploring Houston'...
What approach might Daryl Morey take as the Rockets (37-17) approach the Feb. 23 trade deadline? With Houston in the middle of three off days, we examine the Rockets' priorities heading into rumor season and why they might be in better position to make...
32 min
933
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 4 — Chicago's Sean Hig...
Survive and advance! It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets (37-17) overcame an 8-point deficit with just over 2:00 left to post their second win in three games. Chicago beat writer Sean Highkin (@highkin) joins us to break down all things Bulls-Rockets, in...
35 min
934
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 3 — Anatomy of a Colla...
What in the world happened? Ben examines how the Rockets (36-17) blew a 20-point lead over Atlanta with only eight minutes remaining, led by lowlights from Trevor Ariza (1-of-12 FG), Eric Gordon (4-of-14 FG), and Clint Capela. With Houston having lost ...
35 min
935
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 2 — Why Dwight Howard ...
With Dwight Howard set to return to Houston for the first time since joining the Atlanta Hawks in last summer's free agency, Ben makes the case for why Rockets fans should remember the good times and give him a standing ovation at Toyota Center in Thur...
29 min
936
Locked on Rockets — Feb. 1 — Peak team D return...
Are the December Rockets back? It's just one game, but Houston (36-16) was impressive in its 105-83 beatdown of Sacramento, representing just their second 20+ point victory of a 17-game January. Even with James Harden (3-of-9 FG, 10 points) not in MVP ...
20 min
937
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 31 — Robert Land on le...
With the Rockets returning to Houston for a 4-game homestand, Houston Sports Talk and Locked on Texans host Robert Land joins Ben for a simulcast to examine the club's recent struggles (4-7 in last 11 games) and how they might turn it around. Topics ex...
33 min
938
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 30 — Anonymous NBA coa...
An NBA coach explains the Xs and Os of Mike D'Antoni's success with the Rockets (35-16, West's No. 3 seed) thus far, including the complexity of his offense (or lack thereof), emphasis on pace of play, and usage of James Harden as the point guard. #Ro...
21 min
939
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 29 — Tired legs, lack ...
It was the Rockets' 5th game of a 5-game road trip and 16th of a grueling 17-game January, and they played like it in a 120-101 loss in Indiana. Two nights after his brilliant 50-point triple double, James Harden had 8 turnovers and shot just 3-of-17 f...
18 min
940
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 28 — Skid stops in Phi...
The Rockets (35-15) weren't at their best, but James Harden's MVP-level brilliance (51 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds, 16-of-28 FG) led them to a much-needed win. We break down everything that happened in Philly, including Harden's increased willingne...
21 min
941
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 26 — Brian Geltzeiler ...
With the Rockets having lost 6 of 9, have other NBA teams adjusted to Mike D'Antoni's system? Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) breaks down the Xs and Os of how opponents are playing Houston, as well as how the Rockets can succeed in adjusting back. Gelt...
28 min
942
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 25 — Slump continues a...
James Harden had 30 points and 12 assists, but it still wasn't enough for the Rockets (34-15), who lost for the sixth time in nine games. We break down the reasons behind the latest loss, including Harden's struggles from the field (6-18 FG); tired leg...
14 min
943
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 23 — Harden's excessiv...
James Harden's 11 turnovers and the Bucks’ 68-point first half put the Rockets (34-14) in a hole they couldn't recover from, leading to a 127-114 loss in Milwaukee (Houston's 5th L in 8 games). Twitter's Brandon B. Nohen joins Ben to dissect where thin...
32 min
944
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 22 — Dekker's breakout...
Tired legs and the absence of Ryan Anderson on Saturday still weren't enough to hold down the Rockets (34-13), who rode a career game from Sam Dekker (30 points) and incredible efficiency from James Harden (29 points on 9 shots) to a 119-95 win over th...
24 min
945
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 21 — Absences from And...
In the aftermath of Friday's loss to the Warriors, we offer our primary takeaways — including why disappearances this month from Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are much more troubling than the struggles of Corey Brewer. Ben also examines the lack of spa...
29 min
946
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 20 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
With James Harden voted as an All-Star starter for the first time, how much has Houston's perception around the NBA changed? Calvin Watkins, Rockets beat writer for ESPN.com, joins us to tackle that question and much more, including how Houston matches...
16 min
947
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 18 — Houston shows hea...
Just 24 hours after one of their most sluggish performances, the Rockets (33-12) completely flipped the script, outhustling Milwaukee to a 111-92 win at Toyota Center. James Harden (38 points, 14-of-25 FG) and Eric Gordon (25 points, 7-of-17 threes) ea...
21 min
948
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 17 — Slump continues a...
Despite another triple-double from James Harden (40 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), the Miami Heat beat the Rockets on Tuesday night, 109-103, sending Houston to its third loss in four games. We examine the factors leading to Houston's first patch of...
17 min
949
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 16 — Craig Ackerman on...
Play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us from Miami to give us the latest news surrounding the Rockets (32-11) as they get ready to take on the Heat on Tuesday. Ackerman touches on the importance of Houston finally getting a blowout win, the im...
24 min
950
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 14 — Daryl Morey revie...
Are the Rockets a legitimate contender? We ask GM Daryl Morey, who gives his assessment of Houston's 31-10 start to the season and explains the approach the team might take to February's trade deadline. Morey also weighs in on James Harden's MVP season...
20 min
951
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 13 — First Half Review...
Eric Spyropoulos of The Dream Shake joins us to analyze what we've learned about the Rockets (31-10) at the season's halfway point, including an MVP campaign from James Harden and bounce-back years for veterans Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley. We also ex...
37 min
952
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 11 — Late adjustments,...
It didn't come easy for the Rockets (31-9) on Tuesday night. But when it mattered, they got the job done. After seeing a 23-point lead evaporate, Houston outscored Charlotte 11-3 over the final two-plus minutes to extend the current win streak to nine ...
21 min
953
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 10 — Film Study: Aly B...
How have the Rockets (30-9) been able to reel off this staggering run of 8 straight wins and a 19-2 record since December? Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins us for his regular "Film Study" segment to break down Houston's recent Xs and Os, starting wi...
33 min
954
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 9 — Salman Ali on how ...
The Rockets (30-9) posted yet another road win over an elite opponent, rallying from an early deficit to top Toronto, 129-122. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins us to break down how Houston did it, starting with MVP-level contribut...
22 min
955
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 8 — David Weiner on Ar...
David Weiner (@BimaThug) of ClutchFans.net joins us to break down underrated seasons for Houston's role players like Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Ryan Anderson. Known as a salary cap expert, David also previews the upcoming trade deadline and examin...
40 min
956
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 6 — Anderson, Beverley...
James Harden wasn't at his freshest on night two of a back-to-back, but the Rockets (29-9) still won their 7th straight game with a 100-93 victory in Orlando. We break down how Houston did it despite an off night from Harden (14 points, 5-of-15 FG, 6 t...
13 min
957
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 5 — Beverley guts it o...
Russell Westbrook (49 points) won the scoring battle, but MVP leader James Harden (26 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds) won the war with an incredible last-second pass to set up Nene for the win. With the Rockets moving to 28-9, Ben credits Harden's unse...
19 min
958
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 4 — Making James Harde...
With the Rockets now 27-9, is James Harden the NBA's MVP regardless of what happens Thursday night? On the first half of the show, we make the case for The Beard in advance of the showdown with the Thunder (21-14). In the second half, we hear from ESPN...
31 min
959
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 2 — Houston overcomes ...
Playing their third game in four nights and missing two starters, the Rockets (27-9) were down 15 points midway through Monday's game vs. Washington and had every opportunity to chalk it up as a "schedule loss." Instead, James Harden rallied the troops...
19 min
960
Locked on Rockets — Jan. 1 — Harden strengthens...
It's a great start to 2017 in Houston, where the Rockets are 26-9 after James Harden posted one of the greatest individual lines in NBA history (53 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds) in Saturday night's victory over the Knicks. We break down the pros and...
22 min
961
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 30 — Exploring the Kos...
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Sacramento big man Kosta Koufos has emerged as a prime trade target for the Rockets (24-9). In this episode, we break down the center's potential on-court fit in Houston, probable trade packages, as well as how Koufos' co...
17 min
962
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 28 — Craig Ackerman on...
Play-by-play broadcaster Craig Ackerman joins us to explain the extracurricular activity involving Trevor Ariza in Dallas, how the Rockets (24-9) continue to demoralize lesser opponents with a barrage of three-point shooting, and what comes next (Clipp...
27 min
963
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 26 — Houston overwhelm...
The Rockets (23-9) got back on the winning track with a huge win Monday vs. Phoenix, led by 32 points and 12 assists from James Harden and a much-improved defensive effort against the Suns' three-point shooters. We break down what went right, led by fa...
20 min
964
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 25 — Examining the Mem...
In our latest episode, we break down where things went wrong for Houston (22-9) in Friday night's loss to the Grizzlies, as well as why the upcoming schedule (Suns, Mavs, Clips, Knicks, Wizards; four at home) should be much friendlier to the Rockets ov...
22 min
965
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 22 — Houston rediscove...
Just one night after shooting 6-of-38 (16%) from three-point range, the Rockets (22-8) turned it around in a big way and connected on 18-of-38 (47%) from distance in a 125-111 win over the Suns. We examine how Houston got the bad taste of the San Anton...
20 min
966
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 21 — Streak ends as Ho...
The Rockets (21-8) had a 13-point lead late and were seemingly in line for another statement win. But the Spurs shot an unreal 80% from behind the arc in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets' unprecedented struggles from behind the arc (6-of-38, 15.8%) ...
14 min
967
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 20 — Immediate reactio...
Starting center Clint Capela appears likely to miss up to six weeks with a broken fibula, so what will that mean for the Rockets (21-7) and their 10-game win streak? We examine the alternatives to fill increased minutes internally (Montrezl Harrell, Ne...
20 min
968
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 19 — Film Study: Aly B...
How have the Rockets (21-7) won 10 straight games, including the incredible comeback in Minnesota? "Rockets Insider" Aly Bijani joins the show to break down the Xs and Os of the streak in his film study segment, starting with key plays out of timeouts ...
35 min
969
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 18 — Incredible late r...
Somehow, some way, the Rockets (21-7) overcome a 9-point deficit with under a minute remaining on Saturday night to defeat Minnesota and push their win streak to 10. We break down the legendary comeback, starting with Mike D'Antoni's decision to go sma...
24 min
970
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 16 — Final thoughts on...
What happen to scuttle the reported contract agreement between the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas? With the seven-footer renounced and likely to head elsewhere, Ben explores the various scenarios that could have occurred over the past week, as well as ...
24 min
971
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 15 — NBA scout on defe...
How are NBA scouts trying to stop James Harden, and what will Mike D'Antoni's offense look like in the postseason? An anonymous scout broke down those topics yesterday with David Locke on Locked on NBA. In this episode, we play the scout's commentary a...
35 min
972
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 14 — Salman Ali on the...
Another day, another big win. The Rockets (19-7) have now won eight consecutive games, and for the third time in the past week, they did so by 20 or more points. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins us to explain how Houston overwhelm...
40 min
973
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 12 — Key stops, big sh...
It was frustratingly close, but the Rockets (18-7) rode monster nights from James Harden (36 points, 11 assists) and Eric Gordon (24 points, 6-of-10 from three) and got key defensive plays late from Trevor Ariza, Pat Beverley, and Nene to hold off an u...
15 min
974
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 11 — Reviewing wins ov...
The Rockets are now 17-7 (.708) and the West's No. 3 seed after a pair of big weekend wins vs. the Thunder and Mavs extended their current winning streak to six games. We break down how it happened, led by improved defensive efficiency and a red-hot n...
32 min
975
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 9 — Why the renegotiat...
At long last, the Donatas Motiejunas saga appears to be over. The 26-year-old seven-footer signed a new deal on Friday in Houston, and we explain why the terms of the revised deal appear much more favorable for GM Daryl Morey and the Rockets. #Rocke...
19 min
976
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 8 — Reviewing the win ...
The Rockets (15-7) kept rolling with a massive 134-95 win over the Lakers, improving their mark to 9-2 since the return of Pat Beverley. We explore what went right on Wednesday at Toyota Center, starting with 12 assists from Beverley, 25 points on 14 s...
25 min
977
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 7 — Blame B.J. Armstro...
Donatas Motiejunas shocked the Rockets (14-7) by not reporting on Tuesday after the team matched his contract, so what should Houston do next? We explain how the decision appears to have the fingerprints of agent B.J. Armstrong all over it, as well as ...
22 min
978
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 6 — Harden returns to ...
Despite controversial officiating late, the Rockets (14-7) edged the Celtics (12-9) on the back of an MVP-level performance from James Harden (37 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds). We break down how Harden got it done, along with key under-the-radar contr...
25 min
979
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 5 — Dissecting Motieju...
After taking the full three days to mull it over, GM Daryl Morey opted to match Donatas Motiejunas' contract from Brooklyn and keep the seven-footer in Houston. Is keeping Motiejunas worth the future financial uncertainty, and how might he help the 201...
26 min
980
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 4 — Previewing a lengt...
The Rockets (13-7) are a .650 team (53+ win pace) despite playing 14 of their first 20 games on the road, so could things get even better with six of the next seven and 13 of the next 20 in Houston? We recap Friday night's 128-110 win in Denver and pre...
28 min
981
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 2 — Houston shows reso...
Did the #Rockets (12-7) just pull off one of their best regular-season wins ever? We break down Thursday night's 132-127 win at Golden State, led by another triple-double from James Harden and huge performances from Ryan Anderson (29 points), Eric Gord...
15 min
982
Locked on Rockets — Dec. 1 — Will Morey match o...
The Brooklyn Nets appear close to signing restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet, so it's finally time for the Rockets to make a decision on whether to keep their talented seven-footer. We examine what factors Daryl Morey will likel...
18 min
983
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 30 — Jazz recap; Danny...
In today's episode, we analyze where things went wrong in Tuesday's 120-101 loss to the Utah Jazz, including James Harden's struggles inside the arc and reduced production from Houston's big men (Clint Capela, Nene) vs. Rudy Gobert. Danny Leroux, host ...
45 min
984
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 28 — Hot shooting, Har...
The Rockets (11-6) are off to a 2-0 start on this West Coast road trip after an impressive 130-114 win in Portland on Sunday. We recap the positives from the victory, including a spectacular night from Eric Gordon (26 points, six threes) and sustained ...
16 min
985
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 27 — Capela bests Cous...
We preview the remainder of the five-game West Coast road trip and recap Friday's big win by Houston (10-6) in Sacramento, led by another triple-double from James Harden (23 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) and a strong performance by Clint Capela (17 ...
27 min
986
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 23 — Harden, Houston c...
The three-game winning streak for the Rockets (9-6) came to an abrupt end on Thanksgiving Eve vs. the Toronto Raptors, and turnovers and a slow start from behind the arc were largely to blame. Ben dissects where things went wrong, starting with 12 turn...
17 min
987
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 22 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins joins us to break down the latest in negotiations between the Rockets and restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas. Watkins also shares his takeaways from Tuesday's practice, including a K.J. McDaniels update and insight on how Sa...
18 min
988
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 21 — Salman Ali on how...
Even with off shooting nights from James Harden and Eric Gordon, the Rockets (9-5) showed poise defensively in a 99-96 win over the Pistons. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins Ben to break down how Houston grinded its way to its fir...
24 min
989
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 20 — Capela's career n...
The Rockets (8-5) closed out their three-game stretch vs. Western playoff contenders with two impressive wins, including a 111-102 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. We break down how Houston did it, led by James Harden's improved efficiency, bett...
19 min
990
Locked on Rockets — Nov. 18 — NBA scout explain...
Just a few months ago, a current NBA scout joined Locked on NBA (anonymously) to explain why he thought James Harden was too concerned with scoring to be the point guard for Mike D'Antoni. Only 12 regular-season games later, he's suddenly singing a ver...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 17 — Beverley returns,...
James Harden bounced back from a rare off night in Oklahoma City with his third triple-double (26 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds) of the past eight days, leading the Rockets (7-5) to a blowout win over the Blazers (7-6). Our postgame show examines how...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 16 — Westbrook outduel...
The Rockets (6-5) scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter and went over six minutes without a single point, leading to a tough 105-103 loss against the rival Oklahoma City Thunder. Ben is joined by Twitter's "Brandon B. Nohen" (@iBrand0n300) to ana...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 14 — Harden, Rockets s...
Last November, the Rockets barely survived an upset bid from then-winless Philadelphia (0-16). This time, the Rockets (6-4) took the game seriously and overwhelmed the Sixers (1-9) from the outset in a 115-88 win. We explain why James Harden (33 points...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 13 — Why Anderson's of...
James Harden's second consecutive triple-double wasn't enough to lead the Rockets (5-4) to another win over the Spurs, who took advantage of a poor shooting night from Ryan Anderson (1-of-13 FG). We examine why Anderson seems to be such an important va...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 11 — Duncan, Leroux on...
The Rockets (5-3) are winning on the back of James Harden, but they've been awful in the minutes he's spent on the bench. National writers Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux offer their diagnosis and a few potential remedies. Ben then explores what fans shou...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 10 — Harden's triple-d...
The Spurs had four days of rest and the Rockets (5-3) were on the fifth game of a five-game road trip, but James Harden (24 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds) was still able to lead underdog Houston to a big win in San Antonio. We break down how it happe...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 8 — San Antonio's Jeff...
The good news is that the Rockets are 4-3 despite a rough schedule to open the season. The bad news is Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs loom as Houston's opponent for two conseuctive games. In this show, Spurs writer Jeff Garcia joins Ben to explore ...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 7 — Harden, Anderson, ...
James Harden started slow, but he finished fast (32 points, 15 assists) as the Rockets (4-3) overcame an early deficit to to beat Washington, 114-106. Eric Spyropoulos of The Dream Shake (Houston's SB Nation affiliate) joins Ben on the postgame show to...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 6 — Hawks show interio...
Despite James Harden's 30 points and 12 assists, the Rockets (3-3) scored just 38 points in the second half on Saturday night in a 112-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. We break down what went wrong in their reunion game with Dwight Howard, starting with a...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 4 — On Nene vs. Capela...
Why is Nene playing as much (or more) than Clint Capela? Despite an offseason of big hype for the 22-year-old as a rising star, it's the 34-year-old veteran who seems to be Houston's preferred option. Ben expounds on his recent column breaking down the...
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