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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

Gordon leads gritty effort as Rockets secure 15...
The Rockets (49-13) won their 15th consecutive game with a stirring comeback Saturday night vs. Boston (44-20), led by 29 points off the bench from Eric Gordon, 17 rebounds from Clint Capela, and a 16-7 closing kick in the final three minutes.
35 min
14 straight: Harden gets revenge as Capela, Gor...
Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each returned from illness absences with 22 points, and James Harden finished with 25 points and one filthy crossover on Wesley Johnson as the Rockets (48-13) extended their streak to 14 with a 105-92 win in Los Angeles.
37 min
Matt Thomas on the winning streak, road vibes, ...
Road play-by-play broadcaster and home PA announcer Matt Thomas joins the show from Los Angeles, where he updates the Rockets' health (Eric Gordon, Clint Capela) and dissects all the major trends heading into Wednesday night’s late game vs. the Clippers.
29 min
Rockets silence Jazz to avert feared schedule loss
Mike D'Antoni and James Harden, defensive? You bet. On night two of a road back-to-back at high altitude, the Rockets (46-13) held the previously red-hot Jazz to just 85 points and extended their winning streak to 13. Here’s a recap of how they did it:
23 min
Harden's latest MVP night elevates Rockets in D...
MVP frontrunner James Harden was spectacular with 41 points (55% FG, 60% on 3s, 81% FT) as the Rockets (46-13) extended their winning streak to 12 with a 119-114 triumph at likely playoff-bound Denver. Our recap breaks down how the Rockets got it done:
28 min
Capela, bench spark Rockets as streak reaches 11
The Rockets (45-13) trailed early but pulled away late for their 11th straight victory with an 120-102 win over Minnesota (36-26). Our recap explores how they did it, led by huge showings from Clint Capela (25/11) inside and the bench without Eric Gordon.
26 min
Post All-Star break preview with Karthik Prasad
In Thursday's show, Karthik Prasad joins our Ben DuBose for a big-picture discussion of what we've learned about the Rockets (44-13) so far and what's likely to come over the next 25 games as they battle the Warriors (44-14) for the West's No. 1 seed.
37 min
Ranking Houston's possible first-round playoff ...
Tuesday's show ranks potential first-round playoff matchups from most to least favorable for the Rockets, including a look at the most reasonable tier (Nuggets, Pelicans, Clippers, Jazz, Blazers) and the less likely group (Spurs, Wolves, Thunder).
49 min
Houston grabs NBA's best record after defeating...
The Rockets (44-13) defeated the Kings to run their winning streak to 10 and later moved into the NBA’s No. 1 spot after a Golden State loss. This episode recaps the Sacramento game and the importance of grabbing the pole position at the All-Star break.
40 min
#RoadRyno returns as Rockets extend winning str...
Ryan Anderson (21 points) sparked Houston with six three-pointers off the bench as Houston (43-13) rallied from an early 13-point road deficit to defeat Minnesota, extending its winning streak to nine and 13 in 14 games since James Harden's return.
32 min
Houston > Dallas, and Dave Hardisty on the two ...
Monday's show explores how Chris Paul (25/9/8, +22) snapped the Rockets (42-13) out of an early funk in their latest victory over rival Dallas, along with a chat with ClutchFans owner Dave Hardisty on the additions of Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright.
33 min
Utah's David Locke on what Joe Johnson can brin...
With veteran swingman Joe Johnson agreeing to join the Rockets, Jazz play-by-play broadcaster David Locke joins me to explore what the seven-time NBA All-Star still has left in the tank at 36 years old, along with where he could find minutes in Houston.
35 min
On Capela's career night, the Brandan Wright ad...
Led by a monster 23/25 night from Clint Capela and 28/11 from James Harden, Houston cruised past Denver on Friday. Our postgame show offers analysis on the game, the signing of veteran center Brandan Wright, and a LeBron update after the trade deadline.
54 min
Reasons for optimism on Joe Johnson to Houston
Brian Windhorst reports that Houston could have a deal lined up with veteran swingman Joe Johnson. After taking a deeper look at Johnson’s 2018 numbers, Ben explains why he’s become more bullish on the possibility along with a look at the potential fit.
35 min
Recapping an unlikely win in Miami and previewi...
James Harden and Chris Paul had 65 points on over 50% shooting in Miami as the undermanned Rockets (40-13) finished off a perfect road trip with a stunning 109-101 victory. Our recap show praises their brilliance and previews Thursday’s trade deadline.
55 min
Harden sets milestone as Rockets burn nets in B...
Led by 36 points from James Harden, the Rockets survived a valiant effort by the Nets and blew open Tuesday's game late in a 123-113 win at Brooklyn. Ben breaks down all the key storylines, headlined by very efficient nights from Harden and Chris Paul.
29 min
Craig Ackerman on the revived defense, buyout o...
Craig Ackerman joins us to discuss Houston’s revived defense and the roles of James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute in it; injury updates on Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza; buyout strategies; and how CP3 and Ryan Anderson are boosting the offense’s diversity.
40 min
Chris Paul shows off at LeBron's home as Rocket...
Led by Chris Paul (+47) and Ryan Anderson (+39), the Rockets posted one of their biggest statement wins yet with a 120-88 victory over LeBron James’ Cavs in Cleveland on Saturday. Was it a successful recruiting pitch? Ben discusses that and much more:
55 min
#RoadRyno returns as Harden, Capela-led D spurs...
James Harden led the way with 28 points and 11 assists while Ryan Anderson, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela each had key moments, allowing the Rockets (37-13) to cruise to a 102-91 win in San Antonio over the rival Spurs (34-20). Tune in for our recap!
34 min
Harden's historic brilliance overcomes wave of ...
James Harden led the Rockets (36-13) with a franchise-record 60 points (19-of-30 FG) as Houston won for the sixth time in seven games since his return with a 114-107 home victory vs. Orlando. Hear Ben’s analysis of a historic Tuesday at Toyota Center!
33 min
What the Blake Griffin trade means for Houston ...
The Clippers traded Blake Griffin, so what does that mean for the Rockets? Tuesday's show features reaction from Detroit and LA, along with Ben’s take on how the deal boosts Houston's playoff odds and why it chips away at the anti-Chris Paul narratives.
50 min
Harden takes over in choppy matinee vs. Phoenix
James Harden led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Rockets (35-13) bounced back from Friday's tough loss in New Orleans with a 113-102 victory over the Suns on Sunday, representing Houston's fifth win in six games since Harden's return.
31 min
Ryan Anderson's defensive limitations on displa...
Led by 38 from Chris Paul, the Rockets (34-13) put up a valiant comeback Friday after going down 21 in New Orleans. But the early deficit and defensive woes were too much to overcome as Houston's rally came up just short in a 115-113 loss. Our analysis:
44 min
On Paul's All-Star snub, Capela vs. KD, and a P...
In Thursday's episode, Pelicans' writers Preston Ellis and Oleh Kosel help us preview Friday's game. We also explore whether Chris Paul was an All-Star snub and why Clint Capela was justified in his recent comments on being "better" than the Warriors.
44 min
Shooters shoot: Harden, Ariza, Gordon hit 15 th...
James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Rockets (34-12) cruised through Dallas to win for the ninth time in 12 games. Our recap explores the key angles, including a three-point barrage in which Harden, Ariza, and Gordon combined for 15 made 3s.
29 min
Clutch City: Harden, defense lead way as Housto...
It was often ugly, but James Harden (28 points) and the Rockets (33-12) secured a perfect homestand with a 99-90 win over Miami. Our recap explores Harden’s continued recovery from injury, yet another positive showing from the defense, and much more.
34 min
Rockets secure season series from Warriors as P...
Chris Paul scored a game-high 33 points, while James Harden had two MVP moments in the final 80 seconds as Houston (32-12) completed a stirring comeback to defeat the Warriors and secure the season series. Our celebratory postgame show breaks it all down.
31 min
Rockets re-launch as healthy returnees lift Pau...
The Rockets (31-12) had one of their finest wins in weeks with a 116-98 win over Minnesota (29-18), as Chris Paul and Eric Gordon had their usual strong production supplemented by a deeper supporting cast with the return of Harden, Nene, and Mbah a Moute.
24 min
Exploring the Timberwolves matchup with Minneso...
In Thursday's show, our Ben DuBose gets together with Locked on Timberwolves host Colton Molesky to explore the Rockets-Timberwolves matchups and why it could very well be a playoff preview.
35 min
On Harden's return, the Ariza/Green suspensions...
Wednesday's show explores the imminent return of James Harden to the Houston lineup, along with continued postgame fallout from Monday in Los Angeles and a look at the latest rumors linking Clipper big man DeAndre Jordan to the Rockets.
43 min
Fight night: How the Rockets' best shot wasn't ...
The Rockets (30-12) had a three-game winning streak snapped in LA on Monday in a game marred by Blake Griffin's apparent intentional contact with Mike D'Antoni and a postgame skirmish between players. Is it a playoff preview? Our postgame show explores:
35 min
5 of 7: Led by Flyin' Ryan, veteran forwards bo...
The Rockets (30-11) cruised in Phoenix, extending their Harden-less run to five wins in their last seven. This show explores the latest win and how improvements from Ariza, Ryan Anderson, and Tucker offset subpar nights from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green.
32 min
4 of 6: Paul, Gordon outduel Lillard, McCollum ...
Chris Paul and Eric Gordon combined for 67 points Wednesday and outgunned one of the NBA's best backcourts in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (53 points), leading Houston to a statement win over a quality opponent. Our postgame show breaks it all down:
36 min
Matt Bullard on medical updates, shooting slump...
Matt Bullard joins us to break down the Rockets’ recent play. Topics include consistency from veteran guards Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green; the return to health by Clint Capela inside; and ongoing slumps for Ryan Anderson and P.J. Tucker..
37 min
Rockets win third out of five as veteran guards...
The Rockets (28-11) snapped their two-game slide with a 116-107 win in Chicago. After shooting just 6 times in Saturday’s first 44 minutes, CP3 was assertive Monday with 24 points (8-of-17 FG) and 9 assists. Meanwhile, Gerald Green added 22 off the bench.
30 min
Rockets lose second straight with ugly second h...
The Rockets (27-11) lost their second straight game and seventh of nine with a 108-101 defeat in Detroit. Our recap explores the top storylines, including a lethargic offense and the need for Chris Paul to be more assertive in the absence of James Harden.
27 min
Alykhan Bijani on the Xs and Os without Harden
Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins the show to explore the schematic and tactical changes of the Rockets (27-10) since losing James Harden to injury, including larger roles for Chris Paul and Eric Gordon and the integration of newcomer Gerald Green.
39 min
Green continues stunning surge, but Warriors sh...
Gerald Green scored 29 points (8-of-15 on 3s) off the bench, while Chris Paul (28/9/7) and Eric Gordon (30/7) were breathtaking. But led by 57 points from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors had too much firepower in a 124-114 victory at Houston.
37 min
Rockets post first dominant win in weeks with b...
The Rockets (27-9) won their first game without Harden with a dominant showing in Orlando. Our postgame show examines the key angles, including CP3’s excellence as a floor general, Clint Capela’s bounce-back outing, and another hot night for Gerald Green.
30 min
What to watch for as life without James Harden ...
Tuesday's show explores life without James Harden, who is out for multiple weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Topics include Mike D'Antoni’s usage of Harden, new roles for Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green, and implications on the standings.
49 min
Gritty comeback vs. Lakers snaps skid, but Hard...
The five-game losing streak is over for the Rockets (26-9), who overcame a late 17-point deficit Sunday to defeat the Lakers in double OT. However, the win came with a price as James Harden (40 points, 11 assists) left early with a strained hamstring.
41 min
Losing streak reaches five in blowout loss to W...
The losing streak for Houston (25-9) is at five after Friday’s loss in Washington. Our postgame show takes a higher-level overview — including slumps by Ryan Anderson and P.J. Tucker, late-game execution issues, the standings impact, and why not to panic.
55 min
On signing Gerald Green, injury updates, and a ...
Thursday's show explores the latest injury news on Chris Paul and Clint Capela, as well as why the Rockets signed veteran swingman Gerald Green to a non-guaranteed contract and what it means for Houston’s short-term rotation and long-term finances.
64 min
Harden, Capela not enough in OKC as slide exten...
Ben DuBose and Adam Clanton (interview at 17:37) break down the loss, including Clint Capela’s strong return (19/10), improved efficiency from James Harden (14 asst, 1 TO), and the role of Chris Paul and Luc Mbah a Moute's injuries in the defensive woes.
52 min
Injury updates (Paul, Capela), likely rotation ...
Thursday's show explores the latest injury updates for the Rockets (25-5), including why the losses of Chris Paul and Clint Capela at the same time will likely cause significant rotation changes..
40 min
Harden's brilliance not enough as Lakers snap w...
The streak is over at 14 games for the Rockets (25-5), who lost for the first time since Nov. 14 in Wednesday's 122-116 loss to the Lakers. James Harden had 51, but injuries to Clint Capela (heel) and Chris Paul (leg) were tough to overcome.
32 min
Resurgent Gordon, Capela lead way as Rockets si...
The Rockets (25-4) won their 14th straight game and 20th of their past 21 in Monday night's 120-99 home win over the Utah Jazz, punctuated by a 37-8 run to end the game. Eric Gordon led the way with 33, while Clint Capela had 24 and 20.
27 min
Character of Harden, Rockets shines through in ...
James Harden played through knee pain to score a team-high 31 points in 39 minutes, while Chris Paul scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as the Rockets (24-4) extended their winning streak to 13 with a victory over Milwaukee.
35 min
Paul, Rockets deliver statement win vs. Spurs a...
Led by 28 points (10-of-18 FG), 8 assists, and 7 steals from Chris Paul, the Rockets (23-4) were in control throughout in Friday's 124-109 win over the Spurs (19-10). The win pushes Houston's current winning streak to 12 games and 18 of 19.
42 min
On CP3's heroics, Mbah a Moute's injury, and at...
Chris Paul remains undefeated as a Houston Rocket, and he was the lead story yet again in Wednesday's romp over Charlotte. Our Ben DuBose breaks down how CP3 picked up the slack as Houston (22-4) won its 11th straight game.
49 min
On the LeBron rumors, and why Houston fans shou...
Wednesday's show explores the recent rumors linking LeBron James and the Rockets in 2018 free agency — including why our Ben DuBose thinks many in the national media are lagging behind on this story.
45 min
Harden, Paul will Rockets to comeback win; Gord...
MVP frontrunner James Harden had 26 points (including 12 points in the final 3:45) and tied a career high with 17 assists as the Rockets (21-4) rallied from a 13-point deficit vs. New Orleans to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
25 min
Rockets overwhelm Blazers in fourth as Harden, ...
The Rockets (20-4) won for the 15th time in 16 games by blitzing the Blazers, 40-19, in the fourth quarter in Portland. Our postgame recap breaks it all down, headlined by the small-ball lineup that helped generate the comeback from the 14-point deficit.
36 min
Rockets' defense, Ryan Anderson offer extra boo...
The Rockets (19-4) have won 8 consecutive games and 14 of 15 after Thursday night's 112-101 victory in Utah. Our Ben DuBose breaks it all down, including how James Harden (29 points) and Chris Paul (18/13/9) had even more help than usual.
32 min
Taking a deeper look at James Harden's playoff ...
In Thursday's episode, Ben explores the latest round of "Playoff Harden" commentary on social media and explains why giving James Harden credit for his successes isn't letting him off the hook for his shortcomings.
38 min
On Harden’s MVP polling and other Western conte...
With the Rockets (18-4) in the middle of three straight off days, our Ben DuBose does a quick scan of James Harden’s status in MVP polling and also where Houston's possible Western Conference challengers stand.
32 min
Rockets rout Lakers behind Harden, strong secon...
The Rockets (18-4) extended their streak to 13 wins in 14 games with a dominating victory on Sunday in Los Angeles. James Harden (36 points, 9 assists) led the way, while Chris Paul and Eric Gordon (+37) sparked a dominating second unit.
35 min
Why playoff skepticism of Harden, Paul is overs...
Robert Land joins our Ben DuBose for a roundtable discussion on the 2017-18 season, with emphasis on the Rockets' chemistry in their 17-4 start and whether skepticism over the potential postseason performances of James Harden and Chris Paul is warranted.
60 min
November 30 — Matt Thomas on CP3's integration,...
Rockets road radio play-by-play voice and home PA announcer Matt Thomas joins our Ben DuBose to explore topics including the integration of Chris Paul, the MVP merits of James Harden, and the viability of challenging the Warriors this season.
30 min
November 29 — "Home Ryan" finally emerges as Ro...
James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists while Ryan Anderson (19 points, 9 rebounds) had arguably his finest performance of the season at Toyota Center as the Rockets (17-4) won for the 12th time in 13 games.
32 min
November 27 — Harden's brilliance keeps Rockets...
MVP frontrunner James Harden had 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first quarter alone, leading the Rockets (16-4) to a 43-26 advantage that they never relinquished in Monday's 117-103 win over visiting Brooklyn.
29 min
Locked on Rockets — November 26 — Three points ...
Despite an early 22-point deficit, the Rockets (15-4) flipped the switch fast in Saturday night's 117-102 home win over the Knicks — led by a combined 43 points, 23 assists, and just 2 turnovers from James Harden and Chris Paul.
34 min
Locked on Rockets — November 22 — Exploring the...
In Wednesday's show (presented by Draft), our Ben DuBose explores the top tier of the Western Conference and potential rooting interests for Rockets fans in key outside matchups in the weeks ahead — including Warriors-Thunder tonight.
32 min
Locked on Rockets — November 21 — Craig Ackerma...
Craig Ackerman (interview starts at 17:08) joins our Ben DuBose to break down an MVP-worthy start to the season by James Harden, the return to the court of Chris Paul, and much more.
49 min
Locked on Rockets — November 19 — On the Memphi...
The Rockets (13-4) took care of business in a 22-point blowout at Memphis on Saturday night, led by another strong showing inside by Clint Capela (17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks) vs. Marc Gasol.
28 min
Locked on Rockets — November 17 — Explosive 90-...
The Chris Paul-James Harden era got off to a brilliant start in Thursday's 142-116 win at Phoenix, with the two Hall-of-Fame guards combining for 59 points and 17 assists on better than 50% shooting from the field.
27 min
Locked on Rockets — November 15 — Examining the...
With the Rockets now 11-4 on the season, NBA writer Eric Spyropoulos joins our Ben DuBose to explore the return of Chris Paul to the lineup in Phoenix on Thursday night, as well as Tuesday's 129-113 home loss to Toronto.
29 min
Locked on Rockets — November 13 — Capela contro...
The Rockets (11-3) extended their winning streak to six games with a 118-95 victory at Indiana on the second day of a back-to-back. Our Ben DuBose breaks it all down, headlined by Clint Capela's domination on the interior.
24 min
Locked on Rockets — November 12 — In fifth stra...
In Sunday's episode, guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko analyze the latest home win by the Rockets (10-3) over the Grizzlies, with emphasis on the defensive versatility of Houston's 3&D wings and Eric Gordon’s brilliance at attacking the rim.
28 min
Locked on Rockets — November 9 — Houston grinds...
Guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko recap Thursday’s big win by the Rockets (9-3) over the Cleveland Cavaliers, headlined by the latest historic night from James Harden.
37 min
Locked on Rockets — November 8 — Cleveland prev...
Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) joins our Ben DuBose to break down Thursday's matchup vs. Cleveland, the current Western Conference standings, and the primary trends for the Rockets (8-3) after 11 games.
42 min
Locked on Rockets — November 5 — Breaking down ...
The Rockets (8-3) won their third in a row with a blowout of Utah on Sunday, headlined by a historic game for James Harden (career-high 56 points, 19-of-25 FG, 13 assists).
23 min
Locked on Rockets — November 4 — Rockets roll H...
The Rockets (7-3) took care of business on this week's road trip, punctuated by a 119-104 victory in Atlanta on Friday. We break down the high points (Harden, Ariza, Mbah a Moute) and also examine how the team looks at the 10-game mark of the season.
23 min
Locked on Rockets — November 2 — Knicks recap, ...
In Thursday's show, our Ben DuBose breaks down the 119-97 victory by the Rockets (6-3) in New York on Wednesday night and explains what impact the Astros' World Series title could have on the Rockets.
46 min
Locked on Rockets — November 1 — Reflections on...
Wednesday's episode offers perspective on a report from ESPN's Zach Lowe that the Rockets and Clippers explored a trade at the February 2017 deadline involving Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan. We also preview the current road trip to New York and Atlanta.
30 min
Locked on Rockets — October 30 — Poor shooting,...
With Chris Paul (knee) still out, the Rockets (5-3) took their second consecutive defeat in Monday's loss to Philadelphia. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights from Houston's first losing streak of the season.
22 min
Locked on Rockets — October 29 — On the weekend...
In Sunday's episode, our Ben DuBose explores how the Rockets (5-2) split their weekend back-to-back in Charlotte and Memphis.
47 min
Locked on Rockets — October 26 — Houston shows ...
Thursday's episode recaps an incredible finish in Houston's buzzer-beating win at Philadelphia, punctuated by the winning three from Eric Gordon (29 points).
36 min
Locked on Rockets — October 25 — Rotation, sche...
In Wednesday's show, our Ben DuBose explores what the Rockets' rotation is likely to look like in the absence of Chris Paul (knee), Trevor Ariza (foot), and Nene (Achilles), along with an explanation of how the schedule may dictate that their absences ...
25 min
Locked on Rockets — October 24 — On Isaiah Cana...
Point guard Isaiah Canaan appears set to join the Rockets, and our Ben DuBose breaks down the role he's likely to fill in the absence of starter Chris Paul. Ben also explores the upcoming injury absences of Trevor Ariza (foot) and Nene (Achilles) and t...
30 min
Locked on Rockets — October 23 — Lack of guard ...
The Rockets (3-1) took their first loss of the 2017-18 regular season on Monday night vs. Memphis, capped by a 20-2 Grizzlies run in the closing minutes. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights, including several unacceptable officiating miscues and h...
28 min
Locked on Rockets — October 22 — Mavs recap + t...
Led by 29 points (10-of-19 FG) and 7 assists from James Harden and another double-double from Clint Capela, the Rockets (3-0) took care of business in a blowout victory Saturday night vs. Dallas. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights and also updat...
33 min
Locked on Rockets — October 20 — Key takeaways ...
In Friday's Chris Paul-centric episode, Ben explains his key takeaways from ESPN's new "Chapter 3" documentary regarding Paul's offseason move to Houston and also why he isn't concerned by Paul's temporary absence from the Rockets due to a knee bruise....
34 min
Locked on Rockets — October 19 — Capela leads w...
Clint Capela and Nene combined for 31 points (13-of-17 FG) and 21 rebounds, and James Harden (27 points) shut the door late as the Rockets secured both ends of their opening road back-to-back with a 105-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday. Our Ben DuBos...
23 min
Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Warriors stunn...
Behind 27 points from James Harden and a superb showing on both sides of the court for reserves Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute (combined 21-of-34 FG), the Rockets stunned the Warriors in the season opener with a 122-121 win on ring nigh...
30 min
Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Kelly Scaletta...
Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta helps us preview the 2017-18 Rockets season with a recap of his exclusive interview with Mike D'Antoni, along with insight on key challenges, opportunities, and how Houston matches up with the Golden State Warriors and ...
43 min
Locked on Rockets — October 14 — Final roster t...
Today's show examines the defensive breakdowns and subpar shooting that led to Friday's 106-97 loss to the Spurs in the preseason finale, along with a few takes on the almost final roster and why Troy Williams and Bobby Brown appear set to make the tea...
28 min
Locked on Rockets — October 12 — Capela, Ariza,...
The Rockets (4-0) kept their preseason winning ways going in Memphis, posting a 101-89 victory on the back of defense and toughness. Our Ben DuBose looks at the standouts, headlined by strong performances from Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Mou...
22 min
Locked on Rockets — October 10 — Takeaways from...
Ben DuBose shares his first impressions from Tuesday's press conference at Toyota Center introducing Tilman J. Fertitta as Houston's new owner, including anecdotal examples that reflect Fertitta's passion for the Rockets and why those could bode well f...
21 min
Locked on Rockets — October 9 — Harden, Gordon ...
Even without Chris Paul (bruised shoulder), the Rockets (3-0) took care of business again in their third preseason game at New York. Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights from Monday's victory, including positive shooting nights from James Harden and a...
19 min
Locked on Rockets — October 8 — Why James Harde...
Today's show explores the fallout from James Harden's comments regarding former Rockets coach Kevin McHale, including why Harden may have felt compelled to respond and how his words could help diffuse the situation moving forward. #Rockets #NBA #Harde...
30 min
Locked on Rockets — October 7 — Annual GM surve...
Saturday's episode breaks down Rockets-related highlights from NBA.com's annual GM survey, including their No. 2 projection in the Western Conference, high marks for Chris Paul's leadership, and the improving perception of James Harden. #Rockets #NBA ...
40 min
Locked on Rockets — October 5 — Veterans again ...
The Rockets (2-0) won big over the Shanghai Sharks, 144-82, and our Ben DuBose credits the team's veterans — including Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Nene — with setting a positive tone early in the preseason with a high level...
24 min
Locked on Rockets — October 3 — Passing, three-...
The Rockets (1-0) coasted to a big win in their preseason opener at Oklahoma City, led by 17 combined assists from Chris Paul and James Harden and 20-of-42 shooting from behind the arc when at least one of those two was in the game. In our postgame sho...
25 min
Locked on Rockets — October 2 — Three things to...
In advance of Tuesday night's preseason opener in Oklahoma City, our Ben DuBose offers three key storylines to watch for the Rockets — including matching up with Carmelo Anthony at the power forward spot and the progression of Clint Capela on the inter...
22 min
Locked on Rockets — September 28 — Training cam...
Today's show includes the latest from Rockets training camp, a discussion on the landscape of NBA sources, and an interview (23:08) with Jesus Rodriguez (@jsports_ent) on this summer's Carmelo Anthony trade talks, potential roster moves in the months a...
66 min
Locked on Rockets — September 26 — Early takeaw...
In this episode, Ben offers his initial reactions to Tuesday's scrimmage at Toyota Center in Day 1 of training camp, including Chris Paul's on-court leadership, Clint Capela's synergies in the pick and roll, and productive defensive play from Tarik Bla...
26 min
Locked on Rockets — September 25 — Media Day im...
Our Ben DuBose offers his primary takeaways from Monday's annual Media Day with the Rockets at Toyota Center, including the importance of closure on the Carmelo Anthony front. We then look ahead to Tuesday's first day of training camp and a few of the ...
43 min
Locked on Rockets — September 24 — On life afte...
Carmelo Anthony is finally off the market, and our Ben DuBose breaks down where things went wrong for the Rockets in trade negotiations and what his addition to OKC means for the Western Conference this season and the long-term positioning and strategy...
43 min
Locked on Rockets — September 23 — On the lates...
With the Carmelo Anthony trade talks again heating up, our Ben DuBose explains why he isn't particularly despondent following Friday night's reports that Anthony might also waive his no-trade clause for Cleveland and one other team (in addition to Hous...
37 min