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J.B. Bickerstaff probably won’t be the head coach of the Houston Rockets much longer

Blogged under Bloglockers,Coaching,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 2:15 pm

The Houston Rockets started talking to ex-NBA head coaches about their head coaching gig during the playoffs!  So, 37-year old J.B. Bickerstaff might not be a head coach too much longer.  He did get the Rockets back to the playoffs this year, but it was a quick exit.  Bickerstaff is 37-34 (52.1%) during the regular season and 1-4 (20%) in the playoffs so far as an NBA head coach.  He has been an assistant coach for 12 years in the NBA and he was in his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Rockets until he was elevated to replace Kevin McHale as the head coach.

The Houston Rockets had a 2015-16 season to forget

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 2:11 pm

The Houston Rockets had to fight tooth and nail to finish with a 41-41 record to secure the final spot in the Western Conference Playoffs, just one year after losing in the Western Conference Finals to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  This year they were knocked out in five games in the first round of the playoffs by those same Golden State Warriors.  The Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale early in the season, with a 4-7 record.  J.B. Bickerstaff finished up the season by going 37-34.

TEAM MVPJames Harden, shooting guard – 26-year old shooting guard James Harden had an incredible year for the Rockets in 2015-16.  He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 38.1 minutes, 29.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He had 23 Double-Doubles and 3 Triple-Doubles last year.  In the 32 games (all starts) in which Harden played at least 40 minutes, he averaged 42.4 minutes, 33.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

MOST IMPROVEDClint Capela, center – 21-year old center Clint Capela improved by leaps and bounds in his second year in the NBA.  Capela played in 77 games (35 starts) for the Rockets in 2015-16 and he averaged 19.1 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game.  He only shot 37.9% from the free throw line this year, which is horrid!  But, he did have 10 Double-Doubles for the Rockets last year.  In his 31 games in which he played at least 20 minutes, Capela averaged 25.6 minutes, 8.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTTerrence Jones, power forward – The Rockets expected Terrence Jones to build off his solid 2014-15 season, but that didn’t happen as he lived in the Dog House in 2015-16.  Jones played in 50 games (11 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 20.9 minutes, 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  After the All-Star Break, Jones only played in 5 games (0 starts) in which he averaged 8.2 minutes, 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.  In his 7 games (5 starts) in which Jones played at least 30 minutes, he averaged 34.3 minutes, 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

The Houston Rockets were downright awful against the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:56 pm

The Houston Rockets were lucky to win a game against the Warriors, as they lost this series in only five games.  The Rockets only shot 38.6% from the floor, 26.8% from three point range and 64.2% from the free throw line as a team against the Warriors, and those are pathetic numbers.  The Rockets were outscored by an average of 110.0 points per game to 91.2 points per game.  The crazy thing about this series is that Stephen Curry barely played in it and they still kicked the tar out of the Rockets!  26-year old shooting guard James Harden tried to carry the team, but to no avail.  He started all five games against the Warriors and he averaged 38.6 minutes, 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game.  30-year old center Dwight Howard didn’t play that well offensively in this series and he probably has played his last game with the Rockets.  He played in 5 games (all starts) against the Warriors and he averaged 36.0 minutes, 13.2 points, 14.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.  27-year old small forward Michael Beasley added some scoring punch off the bench in this series, as he played in all 5 games (0 starts) against the Warriors in which he averaged 16.1 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

Game #5: Golden State Warriors 114, Houston Rockets 81

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 6:39 am

The Houston Rockets didn’t show up at all last night!  They only shot 32.6% from the floor, 18.8% from the three point line and 68.4% from the free throw line last night!  They didn’t play ANY D either as the Warriors shot 54.9% from the floor and 41.9% from three point range last night.  James Harden led the way for the Rockets in this game with 35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.  Michael Beasley pitched in with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes off the bench.  Dwight Howard played 45 minutes last night and he only shot 3 of 13 from the floor, but he still filled up the stat sheet with 8 points, 21 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  The Houston Rockets lose this series in five games to the Warriors.

Game #4: Golden State Warriors 121, Houston Rockets 94

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 4:37 pm

The Houston Rockets were no match for the Warriors after halftime.  Stephen Curry got hurt right before the half and he never returned, but the other Warriors stepped up their games.  The Warriors outsc0red the Rockets 41-20 in the 3rd quarter and 65-38 in the second half!  Dwight Howard was the one Rocket started that came to play today as he led the way for them with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.  James Harden had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals…..but he also only shot 4 of 13 from the floor, 2 of 8 from the three point line and he turned the ball over four times.  Michael Beasley (17 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes) and Corey Brewer (10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 18 minutes) played well off the bench for the Rockets in this game.  The Rockets are now down 3-1 against the Warriors in this series.

Game #3: Houston Rockets 97, Golden State Warriors 96

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 10:43 pm

The Houston Rockets didn’t shoot well tonight, as they only hit 39.1% from the floor, 30.6% from three point range and 60.9% from the free throw line!  In the end, the lousy shooting didn’t matter when James Harden hit a shot with 2.7 seconds left in the game to win it!  James Harden led the way for the Rockets in this game with 35 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals.  Donatas Motiejunas got the start and he was excellent in this game for the Rockets.  He had 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot in 31 minutes on the floor.  Dwight Howard filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots tonight.  Michael Beasley (12 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal) and Patrick Beverley (10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists) also pitched in for the Rockets tonight.  The Rockets are now down 2-1 in this series!

The Houston Rockets need a couple of starters to pick up the pace starting tonight!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to step up,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 4:26 pm

The Houston Rockets need point guard Patrick Beverley and small forward Trevor Ariza to pick up the pace starting tonight in Houston!  Beverley has started both of the first two games of this series against the Warriors and he is averaging 27.0 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  But, he is only shooting 4 of 15 (26.7%) from the floor and 1 of 4 (25%) from three point range so far in this series!  Ariza has started the first two games of the series against the Warriors and he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 8.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 3.0 steals.  He is only shooting 6 of 20 (30%) from the floor and 3 of 11 (27.3%) from three point range so far against the Warriors.  The Rockets can’t come back and win this series with the Warriors unless Ariza and Beverley start playing better….starting with Game #3!

The Houston Rockets NEED to get the ball in Dwight Howard’s hands!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 4:18 pm

The Houston Rockets need to get the ball into center Dwight Howard‘s hands against the Warriors, period!  Howard is a matchup nightmare for the Warriors, so the Rockets need to take advantage of that.  Howard has played in 2 games (both starts) for the Rockets so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 32.9 minutes, 13.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He is shooting 10 of 17 (58.8%) from the floor so far in this series.  But, he is only shooting 4 of 10 (40%) from the free throw line, which surprises no one.

Game #2: Golden State Warriors 115, Houston Rockets 106

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 11:45 pm

Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry didn’t play in this game due to a badly sprained ankle.  That gave the Houston Rockets some hope tonight and they played hard, just not good enough to win.  James Harden came to play as he led the way for the Rockets with 28 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists and 1 blocked shot in 40 minutes on the floor.  But, he only shot 7 of 19 from the floor and 1 of 8 from three point range.  But, he was up to his old self as he made 13 of 15 free throws in this game.  Patrick Beverley also came to play as he finished up with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots in 33 minutes on the floor.  Jason Terry (13 points and 2 rebounds in 30 minutes) and Michael Beasley (10 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes) also pitched in for the Rockets off the bench in this game.  Dwight Howard pitched in with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots in 35 minutes on the floor before fouling out late in the 4th quarter.  The Houston Rockets are now down 0-2 as this series shifts to Houston.

Game #1: Golden State Warriors 104, Houston Rockets 78

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 4:32 pm

The Houston Rockets failed to show up in Oakland earlier today and they paid for it!  They were down 60-33 at the half!  The Rockets only shot 35.7% from the floor, 27.3% from the three point line and 50% from the free throw line today….which is downright pathetic!  James Harden “led” the way for the Rockets with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.  He didn’t have any free throw attempts today, as he didn’t look like his usual self.  Dwight Howard did his part as he finished up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  Trevor Ariza (9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals) and Donatas Motiejunas (8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes) also played hard for the Rockets.  The Rockets are now done 1-0 to the Warriors in this series!

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