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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., Amen Thompson, Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, 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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Houston Rockets Embarrassing Loss Again To OKC ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets embarrassing 133-96 loss to the OKC Thunder and the questions surrounding head coach Stephen Silas and his impact moving forward. Would the Rockets be better off for the final 24 games moving on from Silas? Examples of concerning trends from the Rockets head coach, comments about Jabari Smith Jr.'s usage, lineups and rotations, how the team reacts to other schemes and more.
29 min
Jalen Green Scoring Growth, Jabari Smith Jr. Co...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses positives and negatives from the Houston Rockets 123-104 loss against James Harden, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. Jalen Green scored 29 points... But he was 6/20 from the field... But he had a career night at the free throw line! How concerned should we be over Jabari Smith Jr.'s struggles through two-thirds of his rookie campaign and what would he need to do over this final stretch to inspire more confidence moving forward? Usman Garuba encouraging defense against Embiid and TyTy Washington looking very comfortable as the backup PG off the Rockets bench, three-point shooting continues to be a serious issues across the board, why did Harden duck the media in Philly and more.
31 min
Jabari Smith Jr. & TyTy Washington Strong Games...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets 97-95 loss to the Miami Heat off a botched defensive possession on the final play of the game by Daishen Nix. Nix getting lost on the final possession, Silas' decision to not switch defensively, Jabari Smith Jr.'s strong shooting night, Rockets staying competitive despite struggles from Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun, Jae'Sean Tate moves into starting lineup after Eric Gordon trade, TyTy Washington's impact off the bench, Jabari and Jalen clutch in the closing moments and more.
32 min
Eric Gordon Traded To LA Clippers For John Wall...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets trading Eric Gordon, Garrison Mathews and Bruno Fernando at this year's NBA Trade Deadline for former Rocket John Wall, Danny Green, Justin Holiday, Frank Kaminsky, two future second round picks and the right to swap with the LA Clippers 2023 first round pick. The Rockets exceeding trade deadline expectations with these moves, how does the pick swap with LAC work for HOU, examples of second round picks being highly valuable, remembering Eric Gordon as a Houston Rockets and more.
44 min
CLIP: John Wall traded to the Houston Rockets
10 min
How Kevin Durant Trade Impacts Houston Rockets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to Kevin Durant being traded to the Phoenix Suns and how that impacts the Houston Rockets and the future of the Brooklyn Nets picks from the James Harden trade + notes and key moments from the Rockets brutal 130-128 loss against the Sacramento Kings. The Durant trade solidifies that Rafael Stone won the Harden trade and the Nets completely botched the "big 3" era, when is the right time to cash in the Nets picks, should the Rockets call about Mikal Bridges or Cam Johnson, how the Lakers/Jazz/Timberwolves three-team deal benefits Houston, the HORRIBLE call on Eric Gordon at the end of Rockets-Kings, costly turnovers in the final 60 seconds, Alperen Sengun career-high 11 assists and responding to some tough coaching by Stephen Silas, Jalen Green's fourth 40-point game of his career and more.
37 min
Eric Gordon & Jae'Sean Tate Trade Rumors, Will ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the latest NBA trade rumors about Eric Gordon & Jae'Sean Tate ahead of the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline, with only a couple teams showing interest in Eric Gordon while teams like the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and more are interested in Tate. What do the Rockets need to do ahead of the deadline, has the ship sailed on a good Eric Gordon trade, what would be a proper return for Jae'Sean Tate, how other deals around the NBA impact the Houston Rockets and more.
29 min
Angry Stephen Silas Calls Out Houston Rockets P...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to Stephen Silas' angry postgame presser after the Houston Rockets 140-120 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Why is Silas just starting to show his frustration, was his reaction genuine or forced, has he lost the Rockets locker room, why are players not putting forth the right effort, Jalen Green showing signs off life in the third quarter after a rough start, Alperen Sengun five dimes in the third leading to better overall Rockets offense, Houston getting killed defensively by Kings backdoor cuts and more.
36 min
How Kyrie Irving Being Traded Impacts Houston R...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets impact of the Brooklyn Nets trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, what that does to the value of the Brooklyn picks Houston currently owns, the possibility of Kevin Durant being traded next and how the Rockets have unique leverage in any potential KD trade scenarios, either to land him themselves or facilitating the trade as a third team. Jackson also shares takeaways from the back-to-back games over the weekend against the Toronto Raptors and OKC Thunder, including Alperen Sengun adjusting to opposing defenses game planning for him, Josh Christopher finding his rhythm and downhill play, and why TyTy Washington should NEVER play behind Daishen Nix ever again.
33 min
What Are Houston Rockets NBA Trade Deadline Exp...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss where the Houston Rockets stand one week away from the NBA trade deadline, what would be a considered a "win" at the deadline for the Rockets, evaluating Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, and Jae'Sean Tate as guys possibly on the trading block, whether the Rockets are only "sellers" at this deadline or if they are in a position to be "buyers" and more.
39 min
How Tari Eason, Alperen Sengun & Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss the Houston Rockets 112-106 defensive-minded win against the OKC Thunder behind a career night for rookie forward Tari Eason (20 points, 13 rebounds). How the Rockets defended OKC and held Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to just 7-of-23 shooting, Tari's career night in just 19 minutes of action, Daishen Nix(!) with his best game of the season, Stephen Silas using timeouts effectively to the settle the group, Rockets closing out the game STRONG, Alperen Sengun struggling to score inside and more.
35 min
Why Do Houston Rockets Keep Receiving National ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to comments from NBA Analyst and Insider John Hollinger about the state of the Houston Rockets rebuild, calling the organization the "worst-organized, least sound" team in the NBA, also sharing heavy criticism of head coach Stephen Silas, likening him to a "substitute teacher" not suited to rein in the young players Houston has. The two also go over the selections for the NBA Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend and how Tari Eason did not make the cut.
36 min
Ausar Thompson Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft P...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to break down and discuss Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft Prospect Ausar Thompson, highlighting strengths (defense, athleticism) and weaknesses (outside shooting), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
34 min
How KJ Martin Responded To Being Benched By Joh...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets grinding out a win on the road against the Detroit Pistons 117-114 despite missing Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun,Kevin Porter Jr. and head coach Stephen Silas behind a collective group effort and strong nights from KJ Martin and Tari Eason. KJ 4-point sequence to end the game and responding well to being benched by interim coach John Lucas in the first half, how differently Lucas coaches this Rockets team, starting Jabari Smith Jr. at the five, building up a big lead in the third and letting it slip away, winning the rebounding battle and more.
29 min
Houston Rockets Rumored Trade Interest In Atlan...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses some positives from the Houston Rockets 113-95 blowout loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers before tackling rumors about Houston's potential interest in Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins. Jabari Smith Jr.'s offensive flow, Alperen Sengun's defense before the game unraveled, Tari Eason's continued production and more. Then, Jackson dives into the Rockets John Collins trade interest reports. Would this be a good move for Houston? What would acquiring Collins cost? How would it impact their flexibility down the line?
30 min
Alperen Sengun Records Another Triple-Double As...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 108-103 loss to the Washington Wizards where Alperen Sengun recorded another career triple-double (21/11/10), but the team collapsed after leading by as many as 19 points. Alpi's triple-double on bobblehead night, Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr. and Eric Gordon all struggling offensively, Jabari making a big impact on defense despite offensive issues, Rockets weathering the storm to start the second half, Kyle Kuzma goes OFF in the fourth quarter without Jabari checking him and more.
32 min
How Jalen Green's Career Night Ended Houston Ro...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets ending the 13-game losing streak behind a career-high 42 point night from Jalen Green in a 119-114 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. How did Jalen bounce back from arguably his worst game ever and what adjustments did he make to find the success against Minnesota, Alperen Sengun being game planned for EARLY by the Wolves opening opportunities for other guys, Rockets rebounding by committee against Rudy Gobert, Tari Eason continues to be impactful as a starter, Jae'Sean Tate pushing the pace and taking pressure off Jalen as a ball handler and more.
42 min
Jalen Green Concerns, Alperen Sengun's Defense,...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss what the level of concern should be surrounding franchise cornerstone Jalen Green, the coaching staff's role in his regression, the Alperen Sengun defense narrative receiving national attention, and the Rockets reportedly turning down an offer of FOUR second round picks from the Milwaukee Bucks for veteran guard Eric Gordon as they are still seeking a first round pick.
36 min
Jalen Green's Issues, Alperen Sengun's Impact A...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 13th straight loss 113-104 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and what was the worst performance of Jalen Green's NBA career. Jalen's struggles and concerning lack of effort/involvement throughout the game, Rockets unable to slow down Anthony Edwards AT ALL, Alperen Sengun continues to dominate despite the losing and the advanced numbers back it up, turnovers (23) and missed free throws (19/33) too much to overcome, Tari Eason gets his first career NBA start, Josh Christopher makes an impact off the bench and more.
34 min
Time To Fire Stephen Silas? Houston Rockets Los...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets ugly 122-117 loss at home to the Charlotte Hornets who were without LaMelo Ball for the second half of the game. Why it feels like it's time to move on from head coach Stephen Silas, the ugliness of the loss itself with both teams playing some horrific basketball, Jabari Smith Jr. out with no timetable for return, trying to draw positives from the offensive performances of Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun and more.
35 min
Why Did Former Rockets Guard John Wall Call Hou...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss comments made by former Houston Rockets guard John Wall in a podcast interview about lack or organizational accountability, how Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are being allowed to play, how he navigated being asked to not play for a year and more. What do Wall's comments prove or disprove about the Rockets organization?
38 min
How Alperen Sengun Proved He's A Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss and break down how Alperen Sengun proved he is a franchise cornerstone piece in the best game of his career and historic night for the Houston Rockets against LeBron James & the Los Angeles Lakers. Alpi's career-high 33 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assist night and above-average defensive performance including 4 blocked shots, Jalen Green's rough start but bouncing back in the second half, Jabari Smith Jr. showcasing LOTS of offensive potential, Eric Gordon locked in and playing well again, Rockets responding to Lakers runs in the fourth and keeping the game close into crunch time and more.
40 min
KJ Martin & Alperen Sengun Shine As Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets competitive 121-100 loss to the LA Clippers despite missing Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jae'Sean Tate before a fourth quarter offensive collapse. How different the Rockets look on both sides of the floor without Jalen/KPJ, KJ Martin with one of his best games of the season, Alperen Sengun getting more offensive reps, Eric Gordon turning back the clock and looking like vintage EG, Jabari Smith Jr. growing confidence and showing flashes, late-game rotation decisions leading to fourth quarter collapse and more.
38 min
Why The Houston Rockets Should Use Alperen Seng...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Alperen Sengun's postgame comments about how the Houston Rockets offense changes without Kevin Porter Jr., how Houston can strike a balance between playing more through Sengun, but also still allowing KPJ and Jalen Green to be primary options, commentary from other NBA players about how Alpi has impressed them, why are the Rockets the only team that do not seem to recognize his talent, and hopes/goals/dreams/aspirations for the second half of the season.
42 min
Houston Rockets Alperen Sengun Becomes Youngest...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to Alperen Sengun making history with his first career triple-double in the Houston Rockets high-scoring 135-115 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Houston running more offense through Sengun with no Kevin Porter Jr. leaving the game early (left foot contusion), Jalen Green continues to struggle with his efficiency (26 points on 25 shots), KJ Martin's HUGE night off the bench, Jabari Smith Jr. POSTERIZING Keegan Murray, Rockets with one of their best offensive quarters all season followed by a fourth quarter collapse, Jae'Sean Tate and Sengun as "offensive connectors" and more.
37 min