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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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RECAP: Rockets, Harden obliterate Atlanta Hawks
Monday's show recaps the Rockets easy 158-111 cruise control win over the Atlanta Hawks in which James Harden dropped 60 points through just three quarters. Topics include Harden scoring with ease; Russell Westbrook continues to mesh and impress with his decision making; Mike D'Antoni utilizing entire bench in the absence of Clint Capela and Danuel House Jr.; Austin Rivers' defensive prowess; league standings followed by a look ahead at the December schedule and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets return favor, drop Heat in 117-1...
Friday's episode recaps the Rockets 117-108 win over the Miami Heat. Topics include the strong first half from the Rockets (held Heat to just 42 points); love/hate relationship with Russell Westbrook and mid-range; incredible minutes from Gary Clark; Heat opt to NOT use the double-team strategy on James Harden; a discussion about context of turnovers; Rockets fourth quarter "collapse" and more.
38 min
PREVIEW: Rockets (11-6) host Miami Heat (12-4)
Jackson and David Ramil of Locked On Heat preview tonight's Rockets and Heat rematch. Topics include Jimmy Butler's new role; Eric Spoelstra's defensive philosophies; how to avoid going down 46-14 again in Q1; how Mike D'Antoni has utlized Russell Westbrook so far; lineup possibilities with Clint Capela (illness) and Butler (illness) both questionable; coming out of the gate with intensity and more.
31 min
#RocketsTwitter vs. Eddie Johnson
Tuesday's show follows Jackson as he recounts the social media beef between #RocketsTwitter and ex-Rocket Eddie Johnson, followed by commentary on Russell Westbrook and early season roster thoughts and speculation.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets lose I45 rivalry game, drop thir...
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 137-123 loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Topics include digging themselves into a hole early the past three games; the James Harden double-team scheme continues and remains effective; three-point shooting issues (10/44 3PA, Harden 2/15 3PA); Russell Westbrook and his polarizing play; Mike D'Antoni opting for a seven man rotation instead of playing young guys; some silver linings and a thank you to wrap things up.
50 min
NEW: Red94 blogger Justin Levine joins the show
Friday's show follows Jackson and Red94 blogger Justin Levine (@JustinLev) as they explore some of the main story lines of the Rockets season so far, followed by a dive into the business side of things regarding Tilman Fertitta's acquisition of the team and his impact on the Rockets franchise as he enters his third year as the owner.
46 min
RECAP: Nuggets bury Rockets, win streak ends at...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 105-95 loss against the Denver Nuggets. Topics include the Nuggets effectively limiting James Harden with the "random" double-teams; Russell Westbrook's "feast or famine" night; Danuel House Jr injured..again; costly turnovers (20) lead to easy transition points; issues with interior defense; not pushing the tempo enough and more.
36 min
PREVIEW: Rockets (11-3) at Denver Nuggets (9-3)
Nuggets.com writer Eric Spyropoulos joins Jackson to breakdown tonight's matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Topics include lethality of the James Harden/Clint Capela pick and roll; Rockets playing with pace, Nuggets slowing things down; will the Nuggets' passing expose holes in the Rockets' defensive switching scheme; how does Russell Westbrook impact the dynamic of a Rockets team that has gone 10-1 against the Nuggets in the Mike D'Antoni era; key reserves to look out for and more.
34 min
NEW: Matt Thomas joins followed by Blazers recap
Voice of the Rockets Matt Thomas joins Jackson for a couple segments before Jackson wraps things up with a recap of the Rockets 132-108 rout of the Portland Trailblazers. Topics include James Harden taking it to yet another level this year; Russell Westbrook's impact thus far; battling through injuries; Danuel House Jr. and Clint Capela return to the lineup; defense remains locked in; extra opportunities created by Westbrook and more.
44 min
RECAP: Undermanned Rockets win both sides of ba...
Jackson recaps both Rockets wins this weekend against the Indiana Pacers (111-102) at home and the Minnesota Timberwolves (125-105) on the road. Topics include James Harden's greatness and work ethic; still getting wins despite Russell Westbrook not playing up to his potential; Rockets ranking 3rd in defensive rating and 5th in offensive rating during seven game win streak; welcome contributions from Chris Clemons (19 PTS, 5/9 3PT, +32 in 28 min) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6/16, +24 in 31 min) and others; three things we would like to see more of.
47 min
NEW: Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose joins the show
Friday’s show sees Jackson, joined by Rockets Wire editor Ben DuBose, as they go over some of the themes present in the Rockets 102-93 win over the LA Clippers and more. Topics include defensive stat tracking and how Patrick Beverley really did get burned by James Harden multiple times throughout the game; the defensive identity of the team continuing to grow and improve with the Rockets now ranked No. 17 in defensive rating after starting the year as one of the bottom two defensive teams; Russell Westbrook’s need to take advantage of his style of play and maximize his output in the “Russ only lineups”; rotation speculation given the multitude of injuries the team has sustained to key contributors like Eric Gordon (out six weeks), Danuel House (day-to-day) and Clint Capela (day-to-day); a preview of the upcoming schedule for the remainder of November against seven playoff caliber teams in a row.
44 min
RECAP: No Gordon, no House, no problem
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 102-93 win over the LA Clippers. Topics include the hot start and finish by James Harden; Russell Westbrook's foul (and shooting) struggles; the entire team playing great defense; limiting shooting fouls for the Clippers; Austin Rivers AKA "Houston Bayous" getting his dad T'd up and more.
41 min
RECAP: Rockets coast by Pelicans
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 122-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Topics include James Harden (39 points, 10/14 2PT FG) and Russell Westbrook (26 points, 10/13 2PT FG) both finding success within the arc despite their struggles behind it (combined 4/19 3PT); Clint Capela's activity early on; Eric Gordon remembers how to play basketball; Danuel House injury and Mike D'Antoni's ability to adjust his rotations accordingly; a look ahead at the rest of the November schedule.
35 min
NEW: Strippers, Bulls and the rest of the West
Sunday's show follows Jackson, joined by SportsTalk 790's Michael Connor, as they discuss the Rockets 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls and more. Topics include the Reddit post gone viral concerning James Harden and strip clubs; uncharacteristic turnovers followed by a second half burst against the Bulls (36-18 third quarter); the consistency of Danuel House; Mike D'Antoni calling quality timeouts and regrouping the team; the need for a good buyout market to solidify the rotation; Clint Capela trade speculation; an early look around the Western Conference.
44 min
NEW: Jackson joins Robert Land on the Houston S...
The first two segments of Friday's show follow Jackson as he joined Robert Land on the Houston Sports Talk Podcast (@HSTPodcast) to discuss the start of the Rockets season, with segment three focusing on the upcoming Bulls game and the Rockets schedule the rest of November. Topics include increased pace of play; James Harden's role in the defense; Danuel House's impressive early season showing, especially on defense; Russell Westbrook's impact; more PnR between Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela and more.
37 min
RECAP: Rockets best G League Warriors
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets 129-112 win over the severely undermanned Golden State Warriors. Topics include the impressive outing by the entire starting five; productive minutes for Austin Rivers off the bench; defensive strength of lineups featuring PJ Tucker and Danuel House; Russell Westbrook's shooting splits; James Harden working himself back into MVP form; a defensive wrinkle used by Steve Kerr to disrupt Harden and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets grind out win with hustle, defen...
Tuesday's show reflects on the Rockets 107-100 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Topics include increased hustle and effort; Danuel House filling his role extremely well; Eric Gordon shows some life; Mike D'Antoni trusting Ben McLemore with more minutes; limiting the Grizzlies to just 40 second half points; using this game as a building block and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets leave South Beach without a win,...
Monday's show recaps the abysmal 129-100 loss against the Miami Heat. Topics include shifting Eric Gordon back into the starting lineup; defensive breakdowns and miscommunication; playing like you "want to" be there; injecting some youth into the Rockets' lineups; Chris Clemons playing well in limited minutes; Memphis Grizzlies tonight and more.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets can't hit, Nets can't miss
Saturday's show recaps the Rockets 116-123 loss against the Brooklyn Nets: Topics include differences between this season's start and last; Mike D'Antoni postgame audio; leading by example defensively; expecting more from Clint Capela; Danuel House's solid play; playing with "heart" and hustle; appreciating what the team has proven and more.
33 min
RECAP: Olympus Has Fallen (at the hands of the ...
Thursday's show recaps the Rockets monumental 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards in D.C. Topics include James Harden finding his rhythm to the tune of 59/3/9; Russell Westbrook unselfishness and impacting the game in ways besides scoring; the dynamic differences between Harden-led and Westbrook-led lineups; Danuel House in the doghouse?; play Gary Clark campaign in full swing and more.
40 min
NEW: Ben DuBose joins and shares his early seas...
Tuesday evening's show follows Jackson and Ben DuBose, Rockets Wire editor and reporter for SportsTalk 790, as they discuss the start of the Rockets 2019-2020 season. Topics include first impressions of Russell Westbrook as a Rocket; James Harden's lackluster start to the season; roster depth; do the defensive issues fall on coaching or personnel?; Chris Paul's return to Houston; Washington Wizards preview and more.
43 min
RECAP: Rockets flip switch, rout Thunder after ...
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 116-112 win over the OKC Thunder. Topics include the "switch flipped" during the third quarter (39-18 in Houston's favor); Russell Westbrook's extremely efficient night (???); James Harden finding his rhythm; Gerald Green injury update; defensive effort; P.J. Tucker and Westbrook chemistry; crunch time rotations, execution and more.
32 min
RECAP: Rockets survive Pelicans, Thunder next
Monday's show recaps the Rockets 126-123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans and briefly previews the OKC Thunder game tonight. Topics include James Harden and Russell Westbrook's Freaky Friday role swap; a tinfoil hat conspiracy segment; defensive woes and a player buried on the bench who might be able to help; Mike D'Antoni's early season minutes distribution; Chris Paul appreciation and more.
40 min
RECAP: Rockets season opener: the good, the bad...
Friday's show recaps the Rockets 117-111 season opening loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. Topics include Mike D'Antoni's questionable lineups: Eric Gordon and James Harden's shooting struggles (combined 6-of-32 from the field); the Bucks defensive scheme; Russell Westbrook looked phenomenal.
39 min
The eve of Houston Rockets basketball with Crai...
Houston Rockets TV and radio play-by-play analyst Craig Ackerman joins Jackson on the eve of the '19-'20 season. Topics include referee points of emphasis; adapting to Russell Westbrook; Eric Gordon back in his sixth man role; James Harden's leadership; preview of the Milwaukee Bucks match-up; overview of the Western Conference.
33 min
Season preview with Adam Clanton, Rockets radio...
Adam Clanton joins Jackson on Monday's show to discuss all things Rockets heading into the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. Topics include Clanton's complicated past with Russell Westbrook; adapting to the differences between Westbrook and Chris Paul; the roles of veteran players; the absolutely STACKED Western Conference; Twitter "is a loaded gun"; and a set of over/under questions to end the show.
43 min
Preseason over, regular season around the corner
Sunday's show recaps the Rockets final preseason outing against the Miami Heat before diving into a look around the NBA. Topics include Westbrook looking comfortable against the Heat; setting the tone for the season '19-'20 season early; final roster made official; Gordon as a 6MotY; NBA season awards predictions; way-too-early conference standings predictions.
38 min
RECAP: Rockets lose to Spurs, highlighting the ...
Jackson and special correspondent Ben DuBose analyze the Rockets 128-114 preseason loss against the Spurs at Toyota Center. Topics include the shifting of Danuel House to the starting lineup; defensive woes with a focus on rebounding; Russell Westbrook's integration offensively and defensively; patience required by fans; Chris Clemons signing becoming official and more on today's show.
51 min
Rockets open practice, LeBron calls out Morey
Monday's show covers the comments made by LeBron James toward Daryl Morey regarding China, followed by thoughts from Rockets open practice. Topics include the new rotation minus Gerald Green (broken foot); one dimensional versus multidimensional role players; and Russell Westbrook potentially shooting MORE threes.
31 min
Friday Rockets roundtable with special correspo...
USA Today Rockets Wire editor and SportsTalk 790 reporter Ben DuBose joins Jackson for a Friday roundtable discussion. Topics include Daryl Morey's Twitter conundrum; first impressions of Russell Westbrook; viability of Ben McLemore; Harden's leadership and more.
43 min
RECAP: Westbrook makes Rockets debut, final ros...
Tuesday's show recaps the Rockets 134-129 preseason loss against the Toronto Raptors in a game where defense was merely a suggestion. Topics include Russell Westbrook's long-awaited Rockets debut (13/2/6 in 20 minutes); brief summary of Daryl Morey's "Twittergate"; Westbrook shot selection (1-of-6 from three) plus early chemistry with Capela; and final roster predictions.
26 min
RECAP: Harden shows out, Sefolosha and Chandler...
Friday's show, with new host Jackson Gatlin, recaps the Rockets 109-96 preseason win over the L.A. Clippers, Topics include a typical night from Harden (37/7/7); defensive culture being grown with the addition of veterans Thabo Sefolosha and Tyson Chandler; pace of play remains an offensive point of emphasis; Chris Clemons continues to impress.
23 min
RECAP: Harden, Capela push faster pace in rout ...
Tuesday’s show recaps the blowout win over Shanghai in the preseason opener. Topics include a faster pace by James Harden (10/17/12 in 21 minutes) and Clint Capela (25/10); flashes by Clemons (21) and McLemore (17); and a tough road for Anthony Bennett.
35 min
On Russell Westbrook's happiness and Day 1 prac...
Saturday's episode offers key takeaways from Media Day and Day 1 of training camp, with emphasis on Russell Westbrook's great attitude and the quick re-integration of Ryan Anderson. In segment three (40:00), Ben makes an announcement on the show's future.
58 min
On Ryan Anderson's return and Media Day storyli...
Wednesday's show breaks down the reported return of sharpshooting big Ryan Anderson to the Houston Rockets (reasons it could work, and his potential role) and key storylines to watch for (health of Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker) at Friday's Media Day.
35 min
On the Sefolosha signing and Nene's reduced tra...
Friday's episode breaks down the Rockets' signing of veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha; the NBA's unfortunate mistake in lowering Nene's trade value; and the implications of Daryl Morey's comments about no more contract extensions this year.
45 min
Roosh Williams on potential roster additions, '...
In Wednesday's show, Roosh Williams and Ben DuBose break down new offseason rumors about who might join Houston’s roster (Thabo Sefolosha?) and who isn't (Iman Shumpert). They also take a deep dive into the 1995 "Clutch City" Rockets and their title run.
60 min
Friday Rockets roundtable with Jackson Gatlin
SportsTalk 790 producer Jackson Gatlin joins Ben for a Friday the 13th roundtable chat. Topics include the implications of Nene's reported contract terms; new interview comments by coach Mike D'Antoni; the latest James Harden move; and much more.
40 min
On Iguodala rumors, Nene's return, and remainin...
Tuesday's episode explores the latest news surrounding Rockets target Andre Iguodala and his lack of a buyout with Memphis; implications from the return of veteran center Nene; and other potential roster additions as 2019-20 training camp nears.
52 min
Implications of Eric Gordon's contract extension
Tuesday's show explores the many implications from Eric Gordon's recent contract extension (up to 4 additional years), including what it means for the Houston Rockets roster and what it says about owner Tilman J. Fertitta and GM Daryl Morey.
57 min
2019-20 Rockets statistical preview with Josh L...
In Tuesday's show, our Ben DuBose joins Basketball Monster's lead fantasy hoops analyst Josh Lloyd to break down James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, and the rest of the 2019-20 Houston Rockets roster from a statistical perspective.
34 min
Mike Meltser on the 2019 Rockets offseason and ...
Houston sports radio veteran Mike Meltser joins Thursday's show. Topics include new perspective on the Russell Westbrook trade and his fit with James Harden; potential extensions for P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon; Clint Capela's room for growth; and more.
38 min
On Morey's podcast comments and Cousins' ACL tear
Friday's show breaks down new information revealed by GM Daryl Morey on a recent podcast, including intel on his offseason pursuits of Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook. Ben also explores the implications of Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL.
48 min
2019-20 Rockets schedule release reaction
Monday's show reacts to the brand-new 2019-20 schedule. Highlights include an MVP-heavy opener, with Russell Westbrook's home debut vs. 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Other topics include a soft closing stretch and national TV prominence.
45 min
On Terrence Jones, Sergio Llull, and shooting
Wednesday's show explores the latest offseason news and rumors, including why the Rockets may give Terrence Jones another shot; what to make of Sergio Llull still not ruling out the NBA; and how outside shooting is even more vital to Houston this season.
47 min
Iguodala remains on radar as offseason reaches ...
Tuesday's show explores new reports that Houston is still looking to land Andre Iguodala this offseason. Other topics include the final roster spots heading into training camp, and the importance of a happy James Harden (after the Westbrook trade).
54 min
Key takeaways as Russell Westbrook introduces h...
Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) offers his key takeaways from Friday's introductory news conference by the Rockets for Russell Westbrook. Topics include statements from Westbrook and GM Daryl Morey, as well as the importance of a happy James Harden (in attendance).
21 min
On the McLemore and Bennett moves, and any rema...
Tuesday's show analyzes Daryl Morey's recent additions of swingman Ben McLemore and big man Anthony Bennett, and why the former lottery picks make sense for Houston's training camp roster. Ben also explores where any remaining funds might best be spent.
38 min
Why the Westbrook trade wasn't expanded, and wh...
In Wednesday’s show, Ben explores why the Russell Westbrook trade (now official) wasn’t expanded to include another player(s) coming to Houston. Topics include what it says about ownership, and what to expect and watch for as the offseason continues.
32 min
Could the Westbrook trade be expanded?
Monday's show with Karthik Prasad breaks down why the Russell Westbrook trade isn't official. Ben and Karthik explore the upside of potentially expanding the deal, including how names like Andre Iguodala, Robert Covington, and others might come into play.
32 min
Matt Moore on Houston's new Westbrook era
NBA expert Matt Moore (@HPbasketball) outlines how Houston can optimize its system to succeed with Russell Westbrook, led by how James Harden and Mike D'Antoni may need to change. Other topics include the Tyson Chandler and Anthony Bennett additions.
33 min
More Westbrook trade fallout and potential hidd...
Friday's show offers more reaction to the big trade of Chris Paul (and picks) for Russell Westbrook, led by potential hidden benefits as it pertains to filling out the roster. We also play back Ben's post-trade interview with Taylor Travis and Mike Lucas.
32 min
Blockbuster! Westbrook heads to Houston as CP3 ...
Ben DuBose offers his immediate thoughts on the blockbuster trade sending Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul and draft picks.
42 min
New NBA landscape, Westbrook's future, and Hous...
Roosh Williams and Ben dissect Houston’s place in the new NBA landscape with Kawhi and PG joining the Clippers. Other topics include Russell Westbrook’s future; Houston’s targets (Igoudala, Chandler) as free agency continues; and Summer League takeaways.
46 min
Ripple effects from Clippers landing Kawhi, PG
Saturday's show reacts to the bombshell of both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the Clippers. Topics include where Houston stands in the West after the moves; a potential OKC breakup; matching up with the Clips; and the importance of the No. 1 seed.
38 min
On the Kawhi domino effect, and Shumpert trade ...
Wednesday's show explores the potential domino effect around the entire NBA from Kawhi Leonard's pending free agency decision, as well as why the absence of money on the market might make Iman Shumpert more willing to work with the Rockets on a sign-and-trade.
34 min
Day 2: On Rivers’ return and Golden State's bre...
Monday’s show breaks down the re-signing of guard Austin Rivers to a minimum (!!!) deal, along with insight on Houston’s potential pursuits of Andre Igoudala and Kevin Looney following Golden State’s surprising D’Angelo Russell trade.
52 min
GreenHouse effect lives on, but Butler off the ...
Houston brought back swingmen Danuel House Jr. and Gerald Green on a busy first night of free agency, but lost out to the Miami Heat in the race for top target Jimmy Butler. Sunday night's show breaks down how it happened and where Daryl Morey could go next.
43 min
Butler update, chemistry questions, and the Kaw...
With trade talks involving Eric Gordon and Clint Capela going public, is there any risk to chemistry should a Jimmy Butler deal not happen? Saturday's pre-free agency show explores that angle and more, including new rumors of Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers.
49 min
On MLE targets and the timing of any Butler deal
Wednesday's show explores the timing of a potential Jimmy Butler trade to Houston, including why the 76ers and Rockets (both needing other early signings in free agency) each have ample incentive to reach a quick resolution.
41 min
Ken Sheirr on new uniforms, working for Tilman ...
Rockets senior vice president of marketing Ken Sheirr joins Monday's show with insight on the team's new uniforms; early feedback from the players and fans; working for a relatively new owner in Tilman Fertitta; and much more.
28 min
On Butler S&T scenarios and the role of Shumpert
With reports that Houston may pursue Jimmy Butler via sign-and-trade (rather than by opting in), Saturday's show breaks down the roster implications of assets given up and a hard salary cap. Ben also explores a potential reverse S&T with Iman Shumpert.
49 min
Tuesday rumors: Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, and A...
Tuesday's show explores direct or potential Rockets angles to various trade and free agency rumors on Tuesday surrounding Chris Paul, Philadelphia swingman Jimmy Butler, and Boston big man Al Horford.
49 min
On CP3 rumors, AD to LA, and player options
Monday's show explores a new "report" on Chris Paul and whether he wants to be in Houston; the ripple effects of New Orleans trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and why fans should be skeptical with media reports on player options (such as Jimmy Butler).
44 min
With Klay and KD out, is Houston the 2019-20 We...
Friday's show reflects on Toronto’s NBA Finals win and previews 2019-20. With Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson (ACL) out for a long time, Ben explores whether Houston is now the West favorite and if that changes Daryl Morey’s offseason plans.
49 min
Ripple effects from Durant's Achilles injury
Wednesday's show explores the ripple effects from Kevin Durant's Game 5 Achilles injury on the Warriors and the rest of the NBA, and of course what both may mean for the Rockets moving forward.
52 min
Potential Houston fits in AD trade talks and Te...
Monday’s show reacts to news of New Orleans moving forward on Anthony Davis trade talks and where Houston may fit in, as well as James Harden, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker all earning invitations to Team USA’s training camp in August for the 2019 World Cup.
43 min
On new D'Antoni extension talks and Toronto's s...
Saturday's show reacts to a new round of extension talks with Mike D’Antoni and the urgency for owner Tilman Fertitta to get a deal done. Other topics include Toronto’s 3-1 lead over Golden State in the NBA Finals, and what they have that Houston did not.
42 min
Reaction to NYT rumors on Capela, Gordon, and T...
Wednesday’s show reacts to Marc Stein’s report that Houston plans to trade at least one of Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker in 2019. Ben explains why Capela is most likely and Tucker least, along with more insight on James Harden’s title window.
46 min
On the D'Antoni turmoil, Morey's Instagram hint...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins joins Monday's show. Topics include the leaks from Mike D'Antoni's agent and Houston’s front office on unsuccessful extension talks; Daryl Morey's IG comments about keeping Chris Paul; NBA Finals lessons; and more.
54 min
Why contract extension talks broke down with D'...
Friday's show addresses news of the Rockets and Mike D'Antoni breaking off contract extension talks and what the rationale is for both sides, as well as the longer-term implications of the move as it pertains to luring assistant coaches and free agents.
29 min
Reaction to Woj story on aggressive trade propo...
Thursday’s show offers reaction to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Rockets are aggressively shopping center Clint Capela; open to trading guard Chris Paul; and stalled out in extension talks with coach Mike D’Antoni.
40 min
NBA Finals storylines from a Houston perspective
Wednesday's show previews the NBA Finals from a Houston perspective, led by free agency benefits if Toronto wins; the ability to push back on narratives if Golden State wins; and a key matchup to watch to gauge Clint Capela's future viability.
32 min
Offseason trade primer, and why CP3 deals don't...
Tuesday's show explores offseason trade considerations, including a need for filler salaries and why trade exceptions may help; how re-signing Iman Shumpert or Gerald Green could aid future flexibility; and why Chris Paul trade proposals don't make sense.
36 min
More staff changes, and the D'Antoni question
With four more members of Houston's coaching staff not retained, Saturday's show explores the rationale behind the moves. Ben also explains why holding Mike D'Antoni to a one-year contract could be increasingly problematic as Daryl Morey works to fill the vacancies.
26 min
Extension rumors, WCF lessons, Harden's appreci...
In Friday’s show, Ben and Mike Mitchell recap the week’s news and rumors. Topics include potential extensions for Mike D'Antoni and Eric Gordon; the exit of Jeff Bzdelik; growing appreciation for James Harden; and lessons from Golden State’s WCF sweep.
40 min
Playoff and free agency storylines relevant to ...
Wednesday’s show explores relevant playoff and FA storylines to Houston. Topics include Golden State sweeping Portland; growing appreciation for James Harden; and ripple effects of Kevin Durant's potential exit and why the Clippers are a scary scenario.
32 min
On Bzdelik's exit and extension talks for D'Ant...
Monday's show offers reaction to the news of assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik not having his contract renewed, as well as analysis on recent rumors surrounding possible contract extensions for head coach Mike D'Antoni and guard Eric Gordon.
34 min
Reaction to first offseason interviews by Morey...
Friday's show features reaction to the first offseason interviews by GM Daryl Morey and head coach Mike D'Antoni, along with analysis of remaining NBA playoff storylines and how they could impact Houston.
37 min
On D'Antoni, CP3's aging curve, Jimmy Butler, a...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins joins Ben to preview the offseason. Topics include Chris Paul's aging curve; the talent gap between Houston and Golden State; the future of Mike D'Antoni in Houston; a potential Jimmy Butler pursuit; and much more.
56 min
On CP3's contract, D'Antoni's future, and Playo...
Monday's show explores faulty narratives regarding Chris Paul's contract and why it's not all that prohibitive to the Rockets; the still uncertain future of coach Mike D'Antoni; and the misguided criticism of James Harden in the playoffs.
44 min
Game 6: On the end of 2018-19 and what comes next
Saturday's show breaks down the series-ending loss to Golden State in Game 6, what we learned from the playoffs about James Harden, and why the offseason should be a very active one in Houston.
47 min
Game 5: On Durant's injury and a blown opportunity
Thursday's recap of a 104-99 Game 5 loss explores what went wrong after Kevin Durant exited with a calf injury; what KD’s likely absence means for the series; and why Chris Paul and Clint Capela (6/24 FG) deserve "blame" over James Harden (31/8, 63% FG).
36 min
Game 5 preview with Roosh Williams
Roosh Williams and Ben preview Game 5. Topics include the sense of urgency for Houston; James Harden’s playoff breakout; improvements by PJ Tucker and the defense; the potential for a CP3 signature game; and whether Golden State has any adjustments left.
34 min
Game 4: Houston ties series behind Harden, Tuck...
James Harden (38/10) was brilliant and PJ Tucker (17/10) set a tone for the tougher Rockets on defense and the glass (50-43) as Houston won Game 4 to tie the series. Tuesday's show explores key takeaways in what’s now a “Best of 3” series with the champs.
38 min
Game 3: Harden delivers late as team effort win...
James Harden (41/9/6) had his most clutch game yet, Eric Gordon (7/14 on 3s) was spectacular, and Houston (+20 rebounds) outworked Golden State in a gutty Game 3 win. Sunday's show breaks down what it means, including for the series and the MVP’s legacy.
34 min
Game 3 preview with Craig Ackerman
Craig Ackerman and Ben DuBose preview Saturday’s Game 3 in Houston. Topics include strong play by Golden State’s Draymond Green and Andre Igoudala; the problems of Clint Capela and Danuel House; momentum for James Harden; the need to start fast; and more.
39 min
Mailbag: On Game 3, Capela's issues; job securi...
Thursday's show answers fan-submitted mailbag questions on the Golden State series. Topics include the significance of Game 3; what’s gone wrong for Clint Capela; slow starts and offensive lulls; and whether anyone’s job is in jeopardy if Houston loses.
43 min
Game 2: Shooting improves, but issues remain wi...
James Harden and the Rockets (43% on 3s) shot better in Game 2, but ongoing problems with Clint Capela (-19) and poor bench play have led to an 0-2 deficit vs. Golden State. Our recap explores potential changes as the series shifts to Houston for Game 3.
43 min
On Game 2 adjustments and the officiating crisis
Monday’s show explores fallout from the Game 1 loss at Golden State and a leak of internal NBA officiating reports from last year’s West Finals, which show Houston as consistently shortchanged. Ben explains the key takeaways and what is needed in Game 2.
36 min
Matt Moore on Houston's Game 1 loss, officiating
James Harden and Eric Gordon combined for 62, but Houston dropped a winnable Game 1 at Golden State, 104-100. Matt Moore joins Ben to discuss what the close margin indicates moving forward, along with other problems (Clint Capela, officiating).
30 min
Takeaways for Houston from Warriors vs. Clippers
Thursday's show looks at the extended series between the Warriors and Clippers heading into Friday's Game 6, and what the likely ramifications are for Houston (who awaits the winner). We also explore lessons to be learned from Damian Lillard and Portland.
36 min
Clamp City! Rockets lock up Jazz in Game 5 clin...
James Harden (26/6/6) played through an early shooting slump, Clint Capela (16/10) fought through illness, and Houston collectively had 12 steals and 12 blocks in a gritty 100-93 win over Utah in Game 5. Our recap explores what we learned from the series.
37 min
Game 4: Capela's illness, bench woes prevent sweep
With Clint Capela (1/7 FG) ill, Houston went from +4 in rebounding to -17 in a Game 4 loss. Roosh Williams helps Ben break down that and other key themes, including depth (5 bench points); 8 James Harden turnovers; and urgency to end the series in Game 5.
34 min
Game 3: Harden's perseverance launches Houston ...
James Harden (22/10) overcame an 0/15 start to deliver 14 late points in a 104-101 Game 3 win. Karthik Prasad joins Ben to break down Houston’s poise facing adversity; clutch play by Chris Paul (18) and PJ Tucker (12/10); key bench impacts; and much more.
38 min
Game 3 preview: Why is Houston an underdog?
Should the Rockets (2-0) really be underdogs entering Saturday's Game 3 in Utah? Thursday’s show explores the shaky logic there and also what adjustments the Jazz can make to turn the tide after Houston won the first two games by an average of 26 points.
37 min
Take note, NBA: Harden, shooters lead second rout
Houston took a 2-0 series lead with a 118-98 rout of Utah in Game 2. Our recap hits the highlights, led by James Harden’s MVP form (32/13/10); Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker (7/13 on 3s) staying hot; and more elite D by CP3, Capela, and the supporting cast.
39 min
On Golden State's new concerns and other West p...
With Boogie Cousins likely out for the postseason and the Warriors in a 1-1 tie with the Clippers after blowing a 31-point lead in Game 2, Tuesday's show explores the ripple effects to Houston from the rest of the West playoff bracket.
37 min
Game 2 preview: Exploring Utah's potential adju...
After a 32-point beatdown, what can Utah change for Game 2? Matt Cardenas and Ben talk adjustments, led by defensive strategy on James Harden (29/10). Other topics include D’Antoni’s playoff rotation and how Houston slowed Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles.
34 min
Game 1: Jazz silenced by Harden, CP3, swarming ...
James Harden (29/10/8) and Chris Paul (14/7) each played like stars, and Houston’s resurgent defense again held Utah below its norms in a 122-90 blowout. Monday’s recap explores the key takeaways from Game 1 and what it means for Wednesday’s Game 2.
41 min