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

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Turnovers, transition defense issues in Rockets...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about the Rockets frustrating 120-102 loss against the LA Lakers. Topics include Boogie's early ejection and lack of interior presence against Lakers in his absence, turnovers leading to easy transition points for LA, lack of shooting ruining spacing in certain Rockets lineups, can "James Harden" exist in Silas' system and ultimately exorcising Rockets demons to finish off with some good vibes.
37 min
McLemore, Tucker on fire as Rockets ignite Magi...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the Rockets much-needed win over the shorthanded Orlando Magic 132-90. Topics include the return of Ben McLemore to the tune of five made triples, PJ Tucker with his best game of the season, James Harden continues to facilitate at a high rate, Christian Wood's interior presence defensively, DeMarcus Cousins' passing chops on display and more.
36 min
Rockets unravel with two minutes to go, drop Pa...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets 114-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers, focusing on topics like the team's lack of three-point shooting to start the year, acclimating to a new offensive system, John Wall (28) and Eric Gordon's (20) impressive evenings, James Harden's struggles, why this and the Mavs game aren't "bad" losses given the factors at hand and more.
37 min
Discussing Silas, Wood, Wall and more with Rock...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets broadcaster, play-by-play GOAT Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) to discuss the Rockets early start to the season, Stephen Silas as the new head coach, what the team is trying to establish offensively and defensively, Jae'Sean Tate as a diamond in the rough, state of the Western Conference, the James Harden situation and more.
49 min
Mavs torch Rockets 113-100 behind eight triples...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 113-100 loss at the hands of the Mavericks and certified Rockets killer Tim Hardaway Jr. Topics include starters looking lethargic throughout the game, Demarcus Cousins' early ejection, rebounding woes and where Christian Wood needs to improve, Eric Gordon as the Rockets silver lining this game, John Wall and James Harden still learning how to coexist, small-ball is still effective defensively and more.
37 min
Rockets early season returns with SportsTalk 79...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by SportsTalk 790's Michael Connor (@MC790) to talk the Rockets massive offseason turnaround after all the uncertainty and drama plaguing the franchise, early impressions of Christian Wood, John Wall, Stephen Silas, Monday night's matchup with the Mavericks and their favorite Rockets jersey's since Nike took over in 2017-18.
46 min
Wall, Rockets stifle Kings defensively to win 1...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the Rockets second win of the season over the Kings 102-94, backed by an impressive defensive second half holding Sacramento to just 30 points. Topics include John Wall's electrifying performance, Christian Wood's foul trouble followed by inspiring defense in the fourth, rolling out the "Tatewagon" lineup to change the course of the game, what this win means regarding James Harden and more.
42 min
Rockets start the New Year right with 122-119 W...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets first home game in which they outlast the Kings 122-119 and pick up their first win. Stephen Silas' first win as an NBA head coach, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Eric Gordon make their debuts, Danuel House looks like himself again, turnovers (18) and sloppy defense kept things close until James Harden's takeover in the fourth quarter and more.
40 min
Wall and Cousins speak, NBA Golden Boys struggl...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares audio from John Wall and Demarcus Cousins in their first media availability since receiving "DNP - Barbershop" tags, a quick note about Danuel House's early struggles, NBA Golden Boys Steph and Luka struggling early and Rockets' New Year's resolutions courtesy of listeners.
39 min
Rockets start out 0-2, derailing early against ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the Rockets second loss of the season at the hands of the Nuggets 124-111. James Harden continues to do beard things dropping 21 of his 34 in the second frame, Christian Wood hot early then fizzled out, Danuel House looking lost out there and in jeopardy of losing his starting role, defensive issues across the board, taking a step back to realize the team isn't "whole" yet and more.
40 min
"Moral victory" as undermanned Rockets fall on ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams) to discuss the short staffed Rockets heart-wrenching loss in overtime on opening night against the Blazers 128-126. James Harden (44/17) and Christian Wood (31/13) looked unstoppable, rookie Jae'Sean Tate (13/4/2) with some incredible hustle plays, a few questionable plays from PJ Tucker, what they hope to see moving forward and more.
60 min
Rockets season outlook with Ben DuBose
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) for a season preview heading into the Rockets first game of the 2020-2021 campaign against the OKC Thunder. The two discuss the latest news around Harden and speculation on his timeline as a Rocket, record predictions through the first 10 games of the season, why Christian Wood is a breath of fresh air, the culture shift brought by Stephen Silas, John Wall embracing his role as a leader and more.
57 min
Breaking down Stephen Silas' system (so far) wi...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and break down the Xs and Os of what we've seen through four Rockets preseason games, expectations moving forward, clearing up some points about Mike D'Antoni and more.
45 min
Rockets weekend headlines + fantasy introductio...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks top Rockets headlines from the weekend, including the regretful waiving of Gerald Green and a fresh new Harden rumor, before being joined by Josh Lloyd (@redrock_bball) of Locked On Fantasy Basketball for a crash course in fantasy basketball talk.
33 min
Christian Wood explodes for 20 and 10 in his Ro...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams) to rejoice in the TRUTH that is Christian Wood as well as general preseason thoughts, covering Stephen Silas' system compared to Mike D'Antoni's, how John Wall and Demarcus Cousins have looked, standout role players and more.
40 min
Rockets therapy session with RedNinetyFour
50 min
Talking Harden, Silas and new-look Rockets with...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets' very own Matt Bullard (@bull50) to talk James Harden, Stephen Silas and what we've seen through three preseason game from the new-look Houston Rockets.
43 min
James Harden and PJ Tucker finally join the Roc...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks James Harden and PJ Tucker finally joining the Rockets for team practice, ESPN's latest "news" on the Harden situation, Tucker's frustration during media availability, the timing of a potential James Harden trade and more.
31 min
David Nwaba's defense shines in Rockets second ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the second Rockets preseason game, focusing on defense, individual performances for John Wall and David Nwaba, overall team depth and some hopefulness out of the postgame commentary from Wall and Stephen Silas.
34 min
Wall, Cousins impress in Rockets debuts, toppin...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) focuses on individual Rockets performances from the Rockets first of four preseason games as they topped the Chicago Bulls 125-104. The Kentucky duo John Wall and Demarcus Cousins had impressive Rockets debuts, Eric Gordon led all starters with 16 points, David Nwaba played with an unmatched motor, Bruno Caboclo turning into prime Ray Allen and more.
36 min
Preseason has arrived + discussing Harden/Miami...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares reasons to be excited for the Rockets first preseason game despite the cloud of the James Harden situation lingering over the organization before being joined by David Ramil (@dramil13) to discuss the latest rumors about Harden and his preferred trade destinations.
39 min
Talking James Harden, Rockets and NBA at large ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by senior NBA writer for Action Network HQ Matt Moore (@HPbasketball) to discuss James Harden, the state of the Rockets and the NBA at large.
46 min
The James Harden saga and more with Rockets Wir...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by the Podfather, Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the state of the Rockets in the wake of the James Harden saga, first impressions of Stephen Silas, thoughts on veterans Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker bridging the gap between regimes and more.
42 min
Waiting to see what happens with the Beard
Jackson (@JTGatlin) continues the discussion around the Harden situation as well as sharing audio from head coach Stephen Silas' media availability, as well as some notes on PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon.
32 min
James Harden has gone AWOL
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about James Harden failing to report to training camp as well as an individual workout which was supposed to serve as a makeup for missing the first team practice, as well as sharing audio from John Wall and Stephen Silas' media availability sessions.
31 min
Rockets media availability with House, Green, C...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares audio from the media availability sessions for Danuel House Jr., Gerald Green, Demarcus Cousins and new Rockets head coach Stephen Silas and highlights some of the key points made.
40 min
Russell Westbrook TRADED for John Wall LIVE Eme...
45 min
Christmas Day schedule, possible player awards,...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks a variety of topics, starting with the acquisition of European prospect Isuf Sanon in the Austin Rivers sign-and-trade, the new blue Rockets alternates, Rockets not making the Christmas Day schedule cut, Ja vs. Zion, Durant on the Harden/Brooklyn rumors, and five possible awards the Rockets players and staff could be up for this season.
33 min
Mayor of Houston Gerald Green returns + Christi...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about the Rockets bringing back in the mayor of Houston himself Mr. Gerald Green followed by a dive into some advanced tracking numbers for Christian Wood courtesy of BBall Index.
38 min
On Christian Wood's media availability, Rockets...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston sports head and Clutch City Control Room contributor Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) to discuss the Rockets off-season, why everyone is so high on Christian Wood, Rafael Stone as Houston's general manager, viability of keeping Eric Gordon and more.
41 min
DeSagana Diop newest Rockets assistant coach, G...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the newest Rockets assistant head coach to join Silas' staff, former NBA player DeSagana Diop, as well as pushing back a bit on the ideas of moving on from Eric Gordon and starting Boogie Cousins.
26 min
Boogie Cousins emergency pod LIVE with Roosh Wi...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined be fellow native Houstonian and host of the Noble and Roosh Show, Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams) , to dissect the signing of free agent big man Boogie Cousins to a 1-year, non guaranteed deal for this upcoming season followed by taking a way-too-early look at how the rest of the West is shaping up and answering some listener questions.
49 min
Rockets targeting youthful wings in free agency
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks Rockets free agency so far and the movement to inject more youth and begin a pipeline of developing young talent before diving into discussions on Mason Jones' NBA comparison and the dynamic fit of Christian Wood.
36 min
Christian Wood becomes a Rocket! Emergency pod ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Rockets signing Christian Wood with guest appearances from Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) Duncan Smith (@DuncanSmithNBA) and Locked On Pistons Matt Schoch (@Matt_Schoch_) throughout the show.
40 min
Rockets punt on pick No. 16 in favor of flexibi...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about NBA Draft night 2020 and the Rockets deciding to trade newly acquired former Rocket Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 pick to clear cap space to facilitate the use of the non-taxpayer MLE (worth roughly $9.3 million), what this means moving forward and the players they did wind up getting much.. much later in the evening.
30 min
NBA Draft on the horizon, Rockets with the 16th...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined from across the pong by the founder of TeaAndRockets.com Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to discuss the Rafael Stone's first 36 or-so hours in active trade waters, the No. 16 overall pick and prospects that the Rockets could look at, continued rumors surrounding James Harden and Russell Westbrook and 25-year-old NBL wing Jae'Sean Tate's commitment to join Houston once free agency begins.
46 min
Robert Covington sent packing, Ariza to become ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets traded newly acquired forward Robert Covington for former Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and two first round draft picks courtesy of the Portland Trailblazers and what that trade means moving forward, as well as continued thoughts on the James Harden situation.
33 min
On Harden, Westbrook and the future of the Rock...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the outlook of the Houston Rockets in the midst of swirling trade rumors and hypotheticals surrounding the franchises two former MVPs, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
44 min
Will Weaver becomes newest Rockets assistant co...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares the news of Will Weaver becoming the Rockets newest assistant coach before being joined by Coach Chris Geek'd (@coachchris_sports) to focus on the some of the reasons why Westbrook possibly wants out of Houston, his relationship and on-court fit with Harden, the possibility of a trade NOT coming to fruition and more.
44 min
Russell Westbrook wants OUT of Houston
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Nekias Duncan (@NekiasNBA) as they react to and discuss the news that Russell Westbrook wants OUT of Houston and what has led the organization to this point.
48 min
Closing in on Hornacek, Rivers to opt-out, Sila...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) hits on multiple topics such as the Rockets nearing an agreement for Jeff Hornacek to join Stephen Silas' coaching staff, Austin Rivers' plan to opt-out of his contract, NBA free agency officially beginning November 20th at 6 p.m. EST, Silas' interview on First Take and thoughts on Jae-Sean Tate.
29 min
Stephen Silas/Rafael Stone Rockets presser thou...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDubose) to discuss the first official press conference with new head coach Stephen Silas and new general manager Rafael Stone, as well as a handful of other topics.
43 min
Lucas joins Silas' staff as assistant coach, ph...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses John Lucas joining Stephen Silas' staff as an assistant coach, the bogus rumors floating around Twitter concerning Harden/Westbrook, as well as the obvious notion that the 76ers will be trying to pursue a James Harden trade.
24 min
Expectations for Stephen Silas with Anthony Duc...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Space City Scoop site expert Anthony Duckett (@a_duckett) to discuss the hiring of Stephen Silas, expectations for him as the Rockets head coach, the rumors of potential assistants that may become part of his staff and more.
38 min
Rockets tap Stephen Silas as next head coach, D...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the news of Stephen Silas being selected as the Rockets next head coach, what that means moving forward, some rumors of potential assists, and lastly tackles the news that Daryl Morey will become the president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers.
32 min
NBA offseason timetable + Season Review: PJ Tucker
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the NBA targeting a December 22 start for the 2020-2021 season and what John Hollinger thinks that means for upcoming offseason dates, followed by breaking down PJ Tucker's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
27 min
JVG vs. Silas with Lucas a distant third
Jackson (@JTGatlin) answers a quick listener question before diving into the debate between Jeff Van Gundy and Stephen Silas for the Rockets head coaching position and then wraps things up with thoughts about needing a "unicorn" at the five to compete with the Lakers.
38 min
In Morey We Trusted
Jackson (@JTGatlin) continues the conversation centered on Daryl Morey's departure, highlighting some of the smaller trades and signings throughout his career as the Rockets General Manager before answering a couple of listener messages in the final segment.
33 min
Locked On Rockets LIVE show with Ben DuBose
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDubose) to run through the Rockets tumultuous Thursday as GM Daryl Morey stepped down and the team lost it's bid on presumed head coaching frontrunner Ty Lue.
46 min
End of an era as Rockets GM Daryl Morey steps down
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the breaking news that Houston Rockets longtime general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down and will no longer be a part of the organization.
27 min
Season Review: Eric Gordon
Jackson (@JTGatlin) breaks down Eric Gordon's 2019-2020 season focusing on his strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats moving forward.
28 min
Ty Lue Interviews, JVG next? Is Gordon untradea...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses Ty Lue's arrival and interview in Houston, Tilman Fertitta's involvement in the coaching search and what that means, JVG's (likely) interview coming up, appreciating LeBron James and is Eric Gordon's contract really untradeable.
26 min
Coaching update + Season Review: Russell Westbrook
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares updates on the Rockets head coaching search and the candidates interviewed so far before diving into Russell Westbrooks season review, focusing on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
31 min
Season Review: James Harden
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses James Harden's season by breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats moving forward.
27 min
Rockets Trade Target Tuesday: Coaching update +...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) provides an updated list of the Rockets head coaching candidates, including recently emerged candidate John Lucas, followed by a balanced three-team trade scenario involving the Pacers/Kings and fan trades to wrap up the show in the final segment.
36 min
Doc Rivers officially with 76ers, Mike D'Antoni...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about the Chams scoop of the decade, followed by the news of Doc Rivers hired as head coach of the 76ers and throwing out two dark horse candidates for Mike D'Antoni's services next season before wrapping things up talking about Danuel House Jr.
19 min
Doc/MDA predictions, learning from Lakers-Heat ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) tries to predict where Doc Rivers and former head coach Mike D'Antoni will land based on rumblings around the association as well as highlighting areas of Lakers-Heat Game 1 and how the Rockets next head coach needs to more offensively and defensively flexible.
32 min
Rockets coaching search with Matt Bullard
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by former Rocket/current Rockets broadcaster Matt Bullard (@bull50) to discuss what coaching means to him, some of the nuances that fans don't really consider or get to see regarding NBA head coaches, his endorsement of former teammate Sam Cassell for the position and more.
35 min
Rockets Trade Target Tuesday: Young, Wild & Not...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by CCCR Contributor Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) to discuss the building blocks for future Rockets trade scenarios and what a James Harden haul should look like if it were to regrettably happen.
42 min
Official call-in line, dark horse FA signing, u...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) introduces the official Locked On Rockets call-in line (713-487-5457) before diving into a dark horse free agency signing, rehashing some logistics behind sign-and-trade deals and getting the most out of Ben McLemore.
28 min
Woj's Houston report, mailbag questions and dev...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares the latest report from ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski regarding the Rockets head coaching search, followed by a pair of mailbag questions and the hope of developing young talent moving forward.
26 min
#MakeHoustonClutchAgain + mailbag questions
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the recent push from former Rockets players endorsing Sam Cassell for the vacant head coaching position, followed by answering a handful of mailbag questions.
28 min
Rockets Trade Target Tuesday 2: Somebody To Love
Jackson (@JTGatlin) showcases the second Trade Target Tuesday show with deals involving Cleveland's Kevin Love, Indiana's Myles Turner and fan proposals in the final segment.
34 min
MVP voting, PJ Tucker's social media and Rocket...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks MVP voting and the double-standard for James Harden, PJ Tucker chirping on social media (we stan), and the need for the Rockets to pick up the pace on their head coaching search.
26 min
Content direction, "he said, she said" reportin...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) starts things off sharing some ideas for the direction of show content during the off-season, followed by a word of caution on what will be an off-season filled with "he said, she said" reporting, and wraps things up focusing on some Rockets off-season wish list items.
32 min
Faith in Russ, Harden-Kawhi dialogue and Rocket...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by the Podfather himself, Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDubose) to discuss the way the Rockets season ended, not jumping on the Westbrook doubt train just yet, comparing the performances of Harden and Kawhi in the second round, what the Rockets should be looking for in terms of a head coach + staff and more.
51 min
Rockets Trade Target Tuesday
Jackson (@JTGatlin) has some fun with potential Rockets trade ideas, throwing out three of his own design followed by wrapping up the show reading off some listener suggestions.
32 min
The end of the Rockets season and the Mike D'An...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses Mike D'Antoni's tenure as the Rockets head coach, a general overview of the roster situation moving forward and potential head coaches in the final segment.
27 min
Rockets never lead as Lakers take a 110-100 Gam...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets Game 4 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers 110-100. Topics include Frank Vogel's willingness to adjust, Rockets getting dominated in the paint (62-24) and in transition (19-2), defense looking uninspired for much of the game, not enough output from James Harden as the Lakers continue to force the ball out of his hands, hesitancy from Rockets' shooters and more.
32 min
House update + Matt Bullard joins the show
Jackson (@JTGatlin) provides a brief update on the Danuel House Jr. situation before being joined by Rockets broadcaster Matt Bullard (@bull50) as the two discuss the Rockets-Lakers series so far and things they expect to see in the pivotal Game 4.
42 min
Rockets falter in fourth, fall to Lakers 112-10...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets Game 3 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers 112-102 as they take a decisive 2-1 series lead behind LeBron James' 36 points. Topics include Russell Westbrook's bounce back game, the Rockets rotations in the surprise absence of Danuel House, Rajon Rondo's back-to-back triples in the fourth as part of the Lakers game-deciding 17-5 run, Rockets bench woes continue as Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore combine for 0 points in 21 minutes played and more.
28 min
Xs and Os of Rockets-Lakers Games 1 and 2 with ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) of The Athletic and the creator/founder of Rockets Film Room on YouTube to discuss elements from the first two games of the Rockets-Lakers series. Topics include Anthony Davis at the five, Rockets spacing with Russell Westbrook and what he brings to the game, attacking the Lakers zone defense, traps being used on James Harden and how certain alignments work to his advantage plus why, potential rotation adjustments and more.
40 min
Rockets Q3 surge not enough, Lakers take Game 2...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 117-109 Game 2 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers and some of the issues that plagued the team in this game. Slow start, going down by as many as 21 points, creative zone defense and flash doubles on James Harden, Lakers daring Russell Westbrook to shoot and Russ happily obliging, foul trouble for PJ Tucker, Russ reverting to his old ways and more.
33 min
Previewing Rockets-Lakers with BBall Index Foun...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by BBall Index (@The_BBall_Index) Founder Cranjis McBasketball (@Tim_NBA) to previews the second round matchup between the Rockets and Lakers. Topics include Lakers staying big or going small, can James Harden and Russell Westbrook be slowed down, does the three-point math advantage favor the Rockets, LA's effectiveness at slipping screens, win conditions for both teams, role players who will make an impact and more.
51 min
James Harden's block secures Game 7 and the Roc...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets thrilling Game 7 series-clinching win against Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden's game-winning and legacy defining block on Lu Dort, Russell Westbrook as the steadying offensive force, Robert Covington the game's MVP bringing it on both ends, Eric Gordon's resurgence, PJ Tucker all energy all the time and more.
23 min
What we know going into Rockets-Thunder Game 7
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares thoughts headed into Rockets-Thunder Game 7 such as Robert Covington's on-ball defense and OKC targeting him, turnovers committed in Game 6, being more disciplined with fouls, looking for "patient" Russ, Eric Gordon's sub-par performances, looking for James Harden to step up as the game winds down and more.
30 min
Turnovers, late-game collapse cost Rockets Game 6
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the end of game collapse from the Rockets as they fall to the Thunder in Game 6, 104-100, forcing a Game 7 in the first round series. Focus is on Russell Westbrook, James Harden and the frustrating lack of late-game execution from Houston throughout this series.
34 min
No Game 6 Suspensions for Tucker, Schröder
Jackson (@JTGatlin) covers PJ Tucker and Dennis Schröder both being available for Game 6 of this Rockets-Thunder series despite their altercation in Game 5, some follow-up points to think about leading into Game 6 and media availability audio from Mike D'Antoni and PJ Tucker.
26 min
Westbrook Returns and Rockets Take 3-2 Series Lead
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 114-80 Game 5 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder behind strong performances from James Harden (31, 11/15 FG) and Robert Covington (6/11 3FG). Topics include Russell Westbrook's return to action and the mental edge he brings, Harden willing the team through the first half, dominating the third quarter on both sides of the ball, PJ Tucker/Dennis Schroder spat and more.
34 min
No Playoff Basketball as NBA Players Go On Strike
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks about the NBA playoff shutdown, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks and then other NBA teams and even other leagues following suit, as they go on strike to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake and seek to use their platform as NBA players to achieve societal change in America. Audio from Doc Rivers, Chris Webber, and Robert Covington included.
27 min
Russell Westbrook Listed OUT For Rockets-Thunde...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDubose) to discuss the gut-punch news that Russell Westbrook is currently listed as "out" for Game 5 of the Rockets-Thunder series. The two talk about missing Westbrook, takeaways from the Game 3 and 4 losses, James Harden's potential (and necessary) redemption arc, MDA needing to trust his bench and more.
33 min
Rockets-Thunder Tied 2-2, Break Out The Brodie
Jackson (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets Game 4 loss 117-114 to the Oklahoma City Thunder as the series is now tied up at two games a piece. Topics include the Rockets unraveling at the ends of quarters, defense without the "edge" from Games 1 and 2, MDA's rotations, James Harden's decision making down the stretch, living by the three and dying by the three, someone needs to stay in front of Dennis Schroder, time to break the glass on Russell Westbrook and more.
32 min
Rockets Cost Themselves 3-0 Series Lead
Jackson (@JTGatlin) talks the Rockets Game 3 collapse and problems like Eric Gordon's decision making, Lu Dort's defense on James Harden, not utilizing Robert Covington and Ben McLemore, expected corrections heading into Game 4, bad Harden takes and more.
32 min
Rockets Secure 111-98 Game 2 Win with Defense, ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by ESPN 97.5's Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) to breakdown the Rockets 111-98 Game 2 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder as they take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Topics include the Rockets outstanding defense two games into the postseason, continued bench contributions from Jeff Green and Austin Rivers, the surprising effectiveness of Luguentz Dort on James Harden, shooting struggles for the Rockets back court (Harden and Eric Gordon a combined 2/21 for 10% from distance) and more.
44 min
Game 2 Preview w/ Sports Illustrated's Michael ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Sports Illustrated Michael Shapiro (@mshap2) to continue discussing some takeaways from Rockets-Thunder Game 1 as well as expected changes and things to look out for headed into Game 2 of the best of seven series.
31 min
Rockets Take Game 1 Behind Harden's 37, Excelle...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets Game 1 win 123-108 over the Oklahoma City Thunder behind 37 points (12/22 FG) from James Harden. Topics include Eric Gordon's aggressiveness while his three-ball isn't falling, Jeff Green and Ben McLemore bench production, including Green's point-center mentality throughout the game, excellent defense throughout, Danilo Gallinari getting (pretty much) whatever he wanted and more.
31 min
Craig Ackerman Joins to Preview Rockets-Thunder
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) to discuss the Rockets-Thunder first round series. Topics include the absence of Russell Westbrook and who steps up, stylistic differences between the two teams, Rockets win conditions and "out mathing" the Thunder, expectations of James Harden, narratives surrounding the series and more.
35 min
Rockets-Thunder Locked On Crossover w/ Rylan St...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Locked On Thunder host Rylan Stiles (@Rylan_Stiles) to preview the Rockets-Thunder first round matchup. Topics include Billy Donovan's coaching style, Steven Adam's role (or potential lack of role) in the series, Dennis Schroder's sixth-man dominance, Danilo Gallinari as an X-factor, a closing thought to strike fear in the hearts of Rockets fans and more. Check out the Rockets side of things over at Locked On Thunder!
43 min
Rockets-Thunder Discussion w/ Ben DuBose and Ro...
Jackson (@JTGatlin), joined by special guests Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) and Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams), go LIVE to discuss the upcoming Rockets-Thunder first round matchup. What to expect without Russell Westbrook, lineups, key players, problem areas and more in part two of this two-part podcast
32 min
Rockets-Thunder Discussion w/ Ben DuBose and Ro...
Jackson (@JTGatlin), joined by special guests Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) and Roosh Williams (@RooshWilliams), go LIVE to discuss the upcoming Rockets-Thunder first round matchup. What to expect without Russell Westbrook, lineups, key players, problem areas and more in this part one of two podcast.
35 min
Rockets Date with CP3, Thunder First Round Now ...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares initial thoughts about the Rockets date with destiny and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Disney Bubble Playoffs. Topics include Russell Westbrooks injury and speculation on his return, dealing with Chris Paul's antics over the course of a series, the narratives between the two teams, a couple of Rockets that will be leaned upon heavily for their defense and more.
24 min
Rockets/Pacers Preview w/ Tony East from Locked...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) is joined by Locked On Pacers Host Tony East (@TEastNBA) to gets listeners up to speed on all things Pacers and expectations from this game. The two discuss defensive philosophies, bubble play, individual matchups and more.
36 min
Bill Simmons Hate, Playoff Seeding and Spurs Ma...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) summarizes the new issues regarding Bill Simmons and his ridiculous disdain for James Harden, Western Conference playoff seeding and the most optimal, yet somewhat unrealistic path for the Rockets, then things wrap up with some thoughts about the Rockets/Spurs matchup.
26 min
Rockets Cruise Past Kings 129-112, Improve to 4...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 129-112 win against the Kings and the main storylines from the game, including Austin Rivers' career-high 41 points, James Harden continues to move up the all-time scoring and takes over the No. 1 spot on the total steals list, Robert Covington's defense continues to be impactful (and outweigh his shooting struggles), Jeff Green's playmaking and more.
27 min
Russ-less Rockets Handle LeBron-less Lakers 113-97
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 113-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers behind a whopping 39 point evening from James Harden. Much-needed contributions from Ben McLemore — starting in place of Russell Westbrook — and Jeff Green, incredible defense throughout from PJ Tucker, especially on Anthony Davis (5/8 FG, 17 PTS, 7 TO), STILL no sign of DeMarre Carroll or Luc Mbah a Moute, but hey look, it's Michael Frazier!
25 min
Russ Questionable, Too Much Fouling
Jackson (@JTGatlin) shares the news Russell Westbrook is listed as questionable for the Rockets/Lakers game and what to expect out of that contest, followed by audio from the Rockets media availability and some thoughts about the increased foul trouble throughout the Disney Bubble™.
36 min
Rockets First Bubble Loss, Fall to Blazers 110-102
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets 110-102 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. James Harden and Russell Westbrook have off nights, Robert Covington's shot completely MIA, not enough in the tank down the stretch, but stellar bench unit production as a silver lining.
26 min
Westbrook, Rockets/Blazers and Seeding
Jackson (@JTGatlin) circles back to highlight a bit more of Russell Westbrook's performance against the Milwaukee Bucks before discussing the Rockets third Bubble game against the Portland Trailblazers, covering mismatches, Jusuf Nurkic's potential impact, win conditions and more.
29 min
Rockets Out-skill Bucks en route to 120-116 Vic...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets impressive, slug-fest 120-116 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. James Harden's defensive prowess, Russell Westbrook holding down the fort offensively, crunch time defense in back-to-back games, bench unit production and more as the Rockets are now 2-0 in the Disney Bubble™.
30 min
Rockets Outlast Mavericks' Offensive Barrage 15...
Jackson (@JTGatlin) recaps the Rockets first of eight Disney Bubble™ seeding games in their 153-149 overtime victory against the Dallas Mavericks. James Harden's red-hot performance, Russell Westbrook's impact (the good and the bad). Danuel House Jr. stepping up offensively, defensive woes that must get better and much more.
32 min