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Locked On Rockets, hosted by Rockets blogger and native Houstonian Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin), offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. Every day Jackson discusses the latest on James Harden, Russell Westbrook and all things Clutch City. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network. #Rockets #OneMission #NBA

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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
302
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
303
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
304
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
305
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
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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
307
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
308
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
309
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
310
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
311
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
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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
313
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
314
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
315
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
316
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
317
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
318
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
319
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
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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
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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
322
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
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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
324
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
325
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
326
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
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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
328
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
329
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
330
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
331
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
332
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
333
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
334
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
335
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
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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
337
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
338
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
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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
340
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
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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
342
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
343
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
344
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
345
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
346
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Early analysis on the Round 1 matchup with Minn...
With Minnesota clinching the West's No. 8 seed, Locked on Timberwolves host Colton Molesky joins us for a Round 1 preview, including initial thoughts on how the Wolves (47-35) match up with the Rockets (65-16). Houston went 4-0 vs. Minnesota this year.
34 min
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On the Luc Mbah a Moute injury and finale night...
Wednesday's show features immediate reaction to the Luc Mbah a Moute injury news and a preview of the NBA's finale night games and the playoff scenario implications for the top-seeded Rockets (65-16) in Round 1 and Round 2.
31 min
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On Harden, D'Antoni, and their playoff legacies
MVP frontrunner James Harden and reigning NBA Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni each have their share of playoff skeptics, but is it warranted? In Monday's show, Ben explains why many of the "choking" narratives are overblown and why nuance is important.
38 min
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Playoff test: Thunder show urgency in snapping ...
Our recap explores the key storylines, including the highlights (43/18 from Harden, Paul) of those who played, the roles of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson’s absences, and who Houston's likely Round 1 playoff opponent is with only four days left to go.
30 min
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Refreshed CP3 holds off Blazers + Kyrie Irving ...
Chris Paul (27 points, 58% FG) and James Harden (24/7/6) led the Rockets (64-15) to a win over Portland (48-31). Thursday’s show includes game analysis + a look at the season-ending injury to Boston’s Kyrie Irving and potential ripple effects in Houston.
36 min
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Harden bounces back, Green secures playoff role...
James Harden (38/10/9) returned to MVP form with a 12-of-18 shooting night as the Rockets (63-15) bounced back from a rare loss Sunday with a 120-104 beatdown of the Wizards on Tuesday at Toyota Center. Our recap examines the key storylines from the win!
22 min
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With top record secure, Spurs ground Rockets as...
Our postgame show explores the key takeaways from Sunday’s loss, led by importance of Chris Paul vs. the San Antonio defense; ongoing struggles for Harden from three-point range; and the significance of Gerald Green again playing ahead of Joe Johnson.
25 min
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Late heroics from Green, Harden keep winning st...
Despite a combined 2-of-15 start, guards James Harden (28/10/8) and Gerald Green (15 points) each had dagger 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds on Friday, rallying the Rockets to a 104-103 win over the Suns and extending the winning streak to 11 games.
32 min
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Interview: CEO Tad Brown on Houston's dominant ...
Longtime CEO Tad Brown joins our Ben DuBose for an exclusive Q&A, with topics including the importance of clinching home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, working for new owner Tilman Fertitta, keeping core players in Houston long-term, and more.
35 min
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Three unanswered questions with the playoff rot...
In Thursday's off-day show, Ben explores three unanswered questions with the playoff rotation — including Gerald Green vs. Joe Johnson for the final wing spot, Ryan Anderson vs. Nene at backup center, and whether Eric Gordon is part of the closing lineup.
31 min
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No Harden, no problem: EG stays hot, CP3 return...
Eric Gordon was red hot with 31 points (11-of-17 FG) and CP3 (13/10) returned after a week’s absence as the Harden-less Rockets (61-14) extended their streak by routing Chicago. Our recap breaks it down, including the role of blowouts in managing minutes.
28 min
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Gordon, Green soar past Hawks as No. 1 spot bec...
Gerald Green (25) and Eric Gordon (22) led the scoring, while James Harden (18/15/10) posted a triple-double as Houston (60-14) rolled to an easy home win vs. Atlanta. Our recap explores the key angles, including an insurmountable lead for the No. 1 seed.
32 min
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Matt Bullard on a record-setting win, Capela's ...
Matt Bullard joins Ben to analyze Saturday's big win over the Pelicans and related topics, including Capela's dominance vs. elite bigs; why the 1993-94 Rockets are happy to see the 2017-18 squad break their wins record; Gordon’s resurgence; and much more.
32 min
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Gordon, Harden power Rockets in ugly win vs. De...
Eric Gordon (22/5) led Houston in a lethargic 100-96 win on Thursday over Detroit, while James Harden scored 10 of his 21 in the decisive OT period. With the win, the Rockets (57-14) remain 5 games up on Golden State and Toronto for the NBA’s top record.
29 min
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More layups: Harden, CP3 outclass Lillard, McCo...
James Harden closed the door on the MVP race with a 42-point performance in Portland as the Rockets (57-14) ended the Blazers' 13-game streak. With the win, the Rockets effectively boosted their lead over Golden State to five games with only 11 to play.
27 min
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Craig Ackerman on the weekend sweep, Portland v...
Craig Ackerman sheds light on a number of topics, including Tuesday's Rockets-Blazers game; whether Houston is better off playing Portland or OKC in the playoffs; lessons learned from a weekend road sweep; and when Mike D'Antoni might rest players.
44 min
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Harden leads weekend road sweep as No. 1 seed n...
Despite a road back-to-back vs. likely playoff-bound opponents, the Rockets (56-14) moved closer to securing the West’s No. 1 seed by defeating Minnesota and New Orleans. Our recap offers key takeaways, including the latest MVP showcase for James Harden.
39 min
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Capela, Gordon lead division-clinching rally vs...
The Rockets (54-14) clinched the Southwest in Thursday’s win over LA, led by a 19/12/6 line from Clint Capela vs. DeAndre Jordan. It's the sixth division title for Houston, also boosted by seven Eric Gordon 3s and a late dagger from James Harden (24/7).
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West standings update
With the Rockets (53-14) off, Wednesday's show explores the various playoff races as the season winds down. Topics include the importance of the No. 1 seed; why Portland may be a tougher Round 2 opponent than OKC; and ranking potential Round 1 opponents.
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Harden returns, leads win over Spurs as No. 1 l...
James Harden returned from a one-game absence with 28 points as the Rockets dominated a Texas rival for a second night, defeating the Spurs 109-93. With the win, Houston (53-14) extends its lead for the NBA’s best record to two games plus the tiebreaker.
30 min
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Locked in: Paul, Gordon pace offense as D suffo...
Even without James Harden, the Rockets (52-14) and Chris Paul (24/12) bounced back from Friday's loss with a 105-82 rout in Dallas. Our recap breaks it all down, including a superb defensive showing and what Golden State’s losing streak means for No. 1.
32 min
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Streak ends: Harden's heroics can't rescue Rock...
In a possible NBA Finals preview, the Rockets' valiant comeback fell just short Friday in a 108-105 loss in Toronto. MVP frontrunner James Harden scored 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting, but Kyle Lowry nearly matched him with 30 points on 10-of-14 FG .
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Fear the Rockets: Houston holds off Bucks on ro...
The Rockets (51-13) extended their streak to an NBA-best 17 games with a workmanlike 110-99 win at Milwaukee on a back-to-back. Our recap examines the highlights, including how James Harden (26 points) made plays at key moments on both ends of the floor.
33 min
398
Sweet Sixteen: CP3 shoots Houston to NBA's long...
Chris Paul led the way with 25 points as the Rockets (50-13) won their 16th straight game with a 122-112 victory at OKC. Our recap examines all the key storylines, including how Houston made an important statement in knocking off the star-studded Thunder.
30 min
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Gordon leads gritty effort as Rockets secure 15...
The Rockets (49-13) won their 15th consecutive game with a stirring comeback Saturday night vs. Boston (44-20), led by 29 points off the bench from Eric Gordon, 17 rebounds from Clint Capela, and a 16-7 closing kick in the final three minutes.
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14 straight: Harden gets revenge as Capela, Gor...
Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each returned from illness absences with 22 points, and James Harden finished with 25 points and one filthy crossover on Wesley Johnson as the Rockets (48-13) extended their streak to 14 with a 105-92 win in Los Angeles.
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