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

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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 27 — Capela bests Cous...
We preview the remainder of the five-game West Coast road trip and recap Friday's big win by Houston (10-6) in Sacramento, led by another triple-double from James Harden (23 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) and a strong performance by Clint Capela (17 ...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 23 — Harden, Houston c...
The three-game winning streak for the Rockets (9-6) came to an abrupt end on Thanksgiving Eve vs. the Toronto Raptors, and turnovers and a slow start from behind the arc were largely to blame. Ben dissects where things went wrong, starting with 12 turn...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 22 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
ESPN's Calvin Watkins joins us to break down the latest in negotiations between the Rockets and restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas. Watkins also shares his takeaways from Tuesday's practice, including a K.J. McDaniels update and insight on how Sa...
18 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 21 — Salman Ali on how...
Even with off shooting nights from James Harden and Eric Gordon, the Rockets (9-5) showed poise defensively in a 99-96 win over the Pistons. Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins Ben to break down how Houston grinded its way to its fir...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 20 — Capela's career n...
The Rockets (8-5) closed out their three-game stretch vs. Western playoff contenders with two impressive wins, including a 111-102 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. We break down how Houston did it, led by James Harden's improved efficiency, bett...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 18 — NBA scout explain...
Just a few months ago, a current NBA scout joined Locked on NBA (anonymously) to explain why he thought James Harden was too concerned with scoring to be the point guard for Mike D'Antoni. Only 12 regular-season games later, he's suddenly singing a ver...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 17 — Beverley returns,...
James Harden bounced back from a rare off night in Oklahoma City with his third triple-double (26 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds) of the past eight days, leading the Rockets (7-5) to a blowout win over the Blazers (7-6). Our postgame show examines how...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 16 — Westbrook outduel...
The Rockets (6-5) scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter and went over six minutes without a single point, leading to a tough 105-103 loss against the rival Oklahoma City Thunder. Ben is joined by Twitter's "Brandon B. Nohen" (@iBrand0n300) to ana...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 14 — Harden, Rockets s...
Last November, the Rockets barely survived an upset bid from then-winless Philadelphia (0-16). This time, the Rockets (6-4) took the game seriously and overwhelmed the Sixers (1-9) from the outset in a 115-88 win. We explain why James Harden (33 points...
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 13 — Why Anderson's of...
James Harden's second consecutive triple-double wasn't enough to lead the Rockets (5-4) to another win over the Spurs, who took advantage of a poor shooting night from Ryan Anderson (1-of-13 FG). We examine why Anderson seems to be such an important va...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 11 — Duncan, Leroux on...
The Rockets (5-3) are winning on the back of James Harden, but they've been awful in the minutes he's spent on the bench. National writers Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux offer their diagnosis and a few potential remedies. Ben then explores what fans shou...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 10 — Harden's triple-d...
The Spurs had four days of rest and the Rockets (5-3) were on the fifth game of a five-game road trip, but James Harden (24 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds) was still able to lead underdog Houston to a big win in San Antonio. We break down how it happe...
14 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 8 — San Antonio's Jeff...
The good news is that the Rockets are 4-3 despite a rough schedule to open the season. The bad news is Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs loom as Houston's opponent for two conseuctive games. In this show, Spurs writer Jeff Garcia joins Ben to explore ...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 7 — Harden, Anderson, ...
James Harden started slow, but he finished fast (32 points, 15 assists) as the Rockets (4-3) overcame an early deficit to to beat Washington, 114-106. Eric Spyropoulos of The Dream Shake (Houston's SB Nation affiliate) joins Ben on the postgame show to...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 6 — Hawks show interio...
Despite James Harden's 30 points and 12 assists, the Rockets (3-3) scored just 38 points in the second half on Saturday night in a 112-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. We break down what went wrong in their reunion game with Dwight Howard, starting with a...
18 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 4 — On Nene vs. Capela...
Why is Nene playing as much (or more) than Clint Capela? Despite an offseason of big hype for the 22-year-old as a rising star, it's the 34-year-old veteran who seems to be Houston's preferred option. Ben expounds on his recent column breaking down the...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 3 — Craig Ackerman on ...
Craig Ackerman, voice of the Rockets, joins our show from Atlanta to preview Houston's impending matchup with Dwight Howard and the Hawks. Ackerman also explains why he thinks James Harden is playing the best basketball of his career, and how the team'...
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 2 — Houston crushes Ne...
The Rockets (3-2) certainly seemed fresh in posting a big road win over the Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back. We recap the game (led by James Harden's 30 points and 15 minutes) and give praise to Mike D'Antoni for his management of the rost...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Nov. 1 — Was the close loss...
Did Houston fans just see one of James Harden's best games ever? Despite the close loss in Cleveland, Paul (@RocketIntellect) joins Ben on the postgame show to break down numerous positives, including the first 40/15/5 game in Rockets history (by Harde...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 30 — Defense blankets ...
Despite only 30 points in the second half, the Rockets were able to grind their way to a 93-92 win over Dallas in their home opener, improving their 2016-17 record to 2-1. We break down how it happened, including a another solid defensive effort from J...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 29 — Reviewing the sea...
It's amazing what happens when the Rockets shoot 47% from three instead of 24%, right? Led by that much-improved shooting, Houston secured its first win of the season with a 106-98 triumph in Dallas on Friday night. In our postgame recap, we examine wh...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 28 — Studying Lakers' ...
With a off day in between games, we turn to the film study to shed more light on the problems in Los Angeles, starting with defensive inconsistency from James Harden and poor showings from Nene and Tyler Ennis. We also examine Mike D'Antoni's positive ...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 27 — What went wrong f...
The Rockets opened the Mike D'Antoni era with an unexpected thud in their 2016-17 regular season opener, falling 120-114 to the Lakers in Los Angeles. We break down the biggest reasons for the loss, including subpar shooting in the second half and odd ...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 25 — Robert Land on Ha...
Houston Sports Talk host Robert Land joins Ben to preview the leading issues facing the Rockets as they approach on Day 1 of the 2016-17 regular season, including early analysis of Mike D'Antoni's system and whether James Harden has finally turned the ...
53 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 24 — Brown, Wiltjer, E...
The Rockets made their final roster cuts Monday and opted to keep undrafted rookie Kyle Wiltjer and international invitee Bobby Brown ahead of veteran Pablo Prigioni. We explain the reasons behind the choices and the shifting dynamics due to Pat Beverl...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 22 — Bench observation...
With four starters staying in Houston (including James Harden), the Rockets didn't have much of a chance in their preseason finale in San Antonio. Ben breaks down his main takeaways from the 114-99 loss, including the potential for Nene to serve as an ...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 20 — Capela, Harden sh...
James Harden and Clint Capela are the franchise's two most important players, and they each stepped up in a big way on Wednesday night to push Houston (5-1 in the preseason) to a 106-91 win over rival Dallas. We break down Capela's clear case for the s...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 19 — Why fans shouldn'...
What does the news of Pat Beverley's potential knee surgery mean for the Rockets? Ben breaks down the medical side, potential roster implications, and whether it's fair to have long-term concerns about Beverley's health. #Rockets #NBA
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 18 — Pat Beverley upda...
With Houston set to face rival Dallas three times in the next 12 days, Ben chats with Locked on Mavs host Mike Marshall (also of Dallas' 1310 The Ticket) on how the teams could match up. We also examine the latest on Pat Beverley's troublesome left kne...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 16 — Dekker, Harrell, ...
Jet lag and the absence of Pat Beverley took a toll on the efficiency of Houston's regulars, but the youthful energy of Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and Clint Capela helped the Rockets push Memphis to double overtime. Our postgame show examines those ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 14 — Memphis preview, ...
Head coach Mike D'Antoni spoke with media on Friday to recap Houston's injury situation (Pat Beverley, Clint Capela), lessons learned from China, and his outlook for Saturday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. In our show, we play his comments ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 12 — Postgame analysis...
Even with threes not falling, Mike D'Antoni's Rockets still dominated New Orleans in their fourth preseason game, extending the record to 4-0. In our postgame show, we break down what the team did well (defense, ball and player movement), individual st...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 11 — Chris Axmann on K...
Can K.J. McDaniels be "a Draymond in the rough?" That's how NBA analyst Chris Axmann describes him. In our crossover episode with his Almighty Ballin' podcast, Chris explains his steadfast belief in McDaniels and why he's optimistic on how many of the ...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 10 — Exploring new rum...
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Houston is "hopeful" it can lure star Spanish guard Sergio Llull to the NBA next summer, and we explain why it's more realistic than a lot of Rockets fans appear to be giving it credit for. #Rockets #NBA #SergioLlull
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 9 — Postgame show (fea...
Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) joins Ben for our postgame recap of Houston's 123-117 win over the Pelicans in China, with emphasis on strong performances from Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, inconsistency from James Harden, and flashes from K.J. McDaniel...
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 7 — Previewing Houston...
The Rockets are in China for two games to play the New Orleans Pelicans, so what should fans look for in these matchups? Ben explores how Buddy Hield could be a unique challenge for Eric Gordon and/or James Harden and explains why Clint Capela could us...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 5 — Harden and Anderso...
Two games, two big wins. Yes, it's the preseason, but Houston continues to look impressive and appears to finally be having fun again. Ben breaks down encouraging performances from James Harden, Ryan Anderson, K.J. McDaniels, Eric Gordon, and more, whi...
25 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 4 — Kelly Scaletta on ...
Is Ryan Anderson's impact being undersold? Kelly Scaletta explores that, K.J. McDaniels' upside, and numerous other angles in his Rockets season preview for Bleacher Report, and he joins our show (10:30) to expand on his optimistic view for the 2016-17...
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 3 — Postgame takes on ...
What did we learn about the Rockets from their big win over the Shanghai Sharks to open the 2016-17 preseason? Ben explores a large set of positives (Nene's post play, James Harden's leadership, bench wings) and a few of the question marks (Ryan Anders...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Oct. 2 — Donatas Motiejunas...
The October 1 "deadline" for Houston's qualifying offer to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas has passed, and there's still no agreement between the big man and the Rockets on a new contract. After speaking with both sides, ESPN's Calvin Watkins ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 29 — How good is the ...
With Eric Gordon and likely Nene leading the way, how good is the new-look bench in Houston? Hear from CBS Sports' Zach Harper and Locked on NBA host David Locke on why the Rockets appear to have an above-average reserve unit. #Rockets #NBA
20 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 28 — Examining the ca...
With Nene receiving increasingly more praise at training camp, Ben examines what motivations Mike D'Antoni could have to start the 34-year-old veteran ahead of Clint Capela. Ben also drops nuggets on the progress of Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. ...
15 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 27 — Exploring what J...
What does James Harden's new official "point guard" title mean for the Rockets on the floor? Paul (@RocketIntellect) joins Ben at 19:00 to break down what Mike D'Antoni's announcement means for the Xs and Os of Houston's offense and defense. #Rockets ...
38 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 26 — Decoding #Muscle...
With training camp now under way, we examine the physical changes in Clint Capela and Pat Beverley and the implications of Nene appearing to play on the same team as James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Ryan Anderson early in camp. #Rockets #NBA #Muscl...
17 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 25 — Craig Ackerman o...
Craig Ackerman chats with us about his new role as lead play-by-play broadcaster for many Rockets' TV broadcasts, with particular emphasis on the transition from radio to TV and the challenge of replacing a legend in Bill Worrell. Craig also shares his...
41 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 23 — Media Day highli...
What should Rockets fans take out of Media Day and the official start of training camp? We explain the most important moments with audio clips from James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Mike D'Antoni, Trevor Ariza, and Daryl Morey. #Rockets #NBA #JamesHarden
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 22 — Matt Moore on Ha...
Matt Moore of CBS Sports (@hpbasketball) joins the show (at 8:00) to further elaborate on his recent James Harden feature and break down why he thinks the Michael Beasley/Tyler Ennis trade was a good one for the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #JamesHarden
31 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 20 — Chris Reichert e...
Chris Reichert, editor of Upside & Motor, tells us why Clint Capela appears poised for a major breakthrough entering his third season. We also examine the rest of Houston's likely depth chart at center, including Nene, Donatas Motiejunas and Chinanu On...
29 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 19 — Forecasting minu...
We know Ryan Anderson is the starter at PF, but how much will he play, and what are the best options behind him? As part of our depth chart preview series, we break down Houston's diverse options at power forward. #Rockets #NBA #RyanAnderson
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 18 — How Ariza, Dekke...
In the latest episode of our depth chart preview series, we break down the SF position in Houston and the possibilities for Trevor Ariza, Sam Dekker, Corey Brewer, and K.J. McDaniels. #Rockets #NBA
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 16 — Previewing the r...
In the first of our "depth chart" preview series, we examine Houston's likely guard rotation and how James Harden, Pat Beverley, and Eric Gordon are each likely to be used by new head coach Mike D'Antoni. Should an injury occur, are there any candidate...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 15 — ESPN's Calvin Wa...
Where do things stand between the Rockets and restricted free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas? We break down the recent reports of stalled negotiations with ESPN beat writer Calvin Watkins, who spoke to agent B.J. Armstrong yesterday. #Rockets #NBA...
23 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 13 — Danny Leroux on ...
In a crossover episode, NBA writer and Warriors host Danny Leroux joins Ben DuBose to break down the strengths and weaknesses of Golden State and how they could match up with Mike D'Antoni's new-look Rockets. #Rockets #Warriors #NBA #JamesHarden
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 12 — Why next Friday'...
Donatas Motiejunas' never-ending free agency and unconfirmed changes to Houston's TV and radio announcing teams are two of several issues likely to be resolved before the Rockets report to Media Day, now officially scheduled for next Friday. #Rockets ...
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 11 — Previewing Houst...
Fantasy analyst Josh Lloyd joins the show to help break down projections for the Houston Rockets in the 2016-17 season. Is James Harden worthy of a #1 pick, and can Clint Capela continue his per-minute success in a starting role? Our Ben DuBose debates...
53 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 8 — "Rocket Girl" exp...
Brie Hodenfield (@00RocketGirl on Twitter) joins our Ben DuBose to discuss the role of the Red Rowdies at Toyota Center, her life as a diehard fan of the Rockets, and expectations for the team in the 2016-17 season. #Rockets #NBA #RedRowdies
38 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 6 — Exploring the Car...
The news of the weekend was Houston's reported interest in veteran power forward Carl Landry. Our Ben DuBose explores how the former Rocket could fit in with the current group, both on the basketball side and the financial side. #Rockets #NBA #CarlL...
26 min
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Locked on Rockets — Sept. 1 — ESPN's Kevin Pelt...
Why are analytics models more bullish on Houston's defense than the human analysts running them? ESPN's Kevin Pelton gives his outlook. Our Ben DuBose then explores the possible reasons for the divergence in opinion and explains why the gap between a ...
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 31 — Inside the life...
How do NBA teams like the Rockets decide who gets media credentials, and what is a typical day like for a credentialed media member? Ben DuBose takes a deep dive into the process and explains the options outsiders have to break into the business.
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Locked on Rockets — August 26 — Scott Rafferty ...
Can James Harden become Mike D'Antoni's new-age Steve Nash? Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles) explains the surprising similarities after taking an in-depth look at the film of the two for his Sporting News column. Ben DuBose closes out the show with an up...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 24 — Why new ranking...
Salman Ali, managing editor of Red Nation Hoops, joins our Ben DuBose to break down the latest stories, including new projections showing the Rockets high in the West and the potential of James Harden being overlooked as an MVP candidate. #Rockets #...
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 15 — Aly Bijani on N...
Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) breaks down the film of Nene’s outstanding Olympic performances and also tells our Ben DuBose why he’s skeptical of a recent rumor linking the Rockets to Sacramento's Rudy Gay. #Rockets #NBA #RudyGay #Nene #Olympics
34 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 11 — Dissecting the ...
ClutchFans owner Dave Hardisty joins our Ben DuBose to break down the implications of the Rockets' newly-released schedule for the 2016-17 season. Hardisty also explains why he won't be surprised if there's a trade made by the Rockets before the diffic...
22 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 8 — An NBA scout siz...
An NBA scout says he's skeptical of James Harden's ability to be Mike D'Antoni's point guard, but our Ben DuBose explains why the scout could be proven wrong. Ben also provides an Olympic update on the performances of Nene, Sergio Llull and Zhou Qi.
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Locked on Rockets — August 4 — What does Russel...
Will Russell Westbrook's contract extension with Oklahoma City lead to more NBA stars becoming available in trades? Ben DuBose explains why it could, as well as what it means for Daryl Morey and the Rockets. The Dream Shake writer Eric Spyropoulos join...
32 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 1 — On Michael Beas...
The Rockets allowed Michael Beasley's contract to become fully guaranteed for next season, so what can fans expect from him next season? Our Ben DuBose analyzes this, as well as Kevin Durant's praise for James Harden and Daryl Morey's latest interview.
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Locked on Rockets — July 29 — ESPN's Calvin Wat...
ESPN.com beat writer Calvin Watkins joins us to break down where things stand between the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas. Watkins also examines the implications of James Harden's new contract, and whether Sam Dekker has a path to minutes under Mike D'...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 28 — Is a trade coming...
Daryl Morey is known for big moves, so could another one be coming this offseason? Our Ben DuBose looks at what needs remain for the Rockets and why Morey could be better positioned than most think to make compelling trade offers in the coming weeks.
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Locked on Rockets — July 27 — Is Capela an upgr...
RealGM analyst Brett Koremenos explains why he's a fan of the Mike D'Antoni hire in Houston and says that if things go right, the Rockets can win 50-55 games and contend for a Western Conference Finals berth. #Rockets
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 26 — Where do the Rock...
National NBA columnist Shlomo Sprung joins our Ben DuBose to break down the landscape of the Western Conference and where the Rockets currently stand. Sprung also shares his thoughts on the hire of Mike D'Antoni and why he believes D'Antoni can succeed...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 25 — Interpreting Jame...
NBA writer and editor Matthew Cardenas joins Ben DuBose to explore the latest comments from James Harden. Is it a good sign for the Rockets' star to attribute his defensive lapses to high usage on offense? Ben and Matthew also explore Harden's strong d...
29 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 22 — Is James Harden e...
Is James Harden becoming a leader right in front of our eyes? Ben DuBose explores Harden's busy offseason with Salman Ali, the managing editor of Red Nation Hoops. Ali explains how Harden's choices to organize team workouts and become more involved in ...
29 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 21 — Prigioni over Ter...
Why did the Rockets prefer Pablo Prigioni to Jason Terry as their backup PG? Our Ben DuBose makes the case for Prigioni while fondly recalling his favorite Jet moments in Houston. Ben also examines the formal contract signings for Nene and Chinanu Onua...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 20 — How Ryan Anderson...
Ben DuBose reviews the Rockets' offseason with the help of Brett Dawson, the Pelicans' beat writer for the New Orleans Advocate. After getting an up close and personal look at Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon,, Dawson gives Rockets fans the scoop on what ...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 19 — Where it went wro...
Ben DuBose breaks down Dwight Howard's departure from the Houston Rockets with Brad Rowland, a writer and podcast host with Howard's new team in Atlanta. #DwightHoward #Rockets
38 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 18 — What's next for D...
After renegotiating James Harden's contract and signing Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to long-term deals, what does that mean for the future of restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas? Host Ben DuBose and guest David Weiner of ClutchFans examine the R...
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