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Milwaukee Bucks 110, Houston Rockets 107

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 9:57 pm

The Rockets couldn’t keep up with the Bucks tonight in Houston.  James Harden (25 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals), Chandler Parsons (20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal) and Omer Asik (16 points, 22 rebounds and 1 assist) led the way for the Rockets tonight.  Donatas Motiejunas (13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in 26 minutes), Carlos Delfino (12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal) and Jeremy Lin (10 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot) also pitched in for the Rockets in this game.  The Rockets are now 31-28 on the year.

Jeremy Lin is stepping up so far in February for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 9:11 am

24-year old point guard Jeremy Lin is stepping up so far in February for the Rockets.  He has played in 10 games (all starts) so far this month and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 14.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  He is shooting 44.5% from the floor, 45.2% from three point range and 82.9% from the free throw line so far this month, which is impressive.  Lin has now played in 58 games (all starts) overall this year and he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Lin has been a little big of a disappointment overall this year, but he can salvage his season by rocking hard in the last 24 games of the 2012-13 season.

Washington Wizards 105, Houston Rockets 103

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 February 2013 at 9:31 pm

The Rockets were outscored 28-20 in the 4th quarter and they didn’t play much D as the Wizards shot 51.3% from the floor and that’s what did them in tonight.  James Harden (27 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals) and Chandler Parsons (24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot) led the way for the Rockets tonight.  Patrick Beverly (15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes), Carlos Delfino (12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists) and Donatas Motiejunas (11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes) also pitched in for the Rockets.  The Rockets are now 31-27 on the year.

Houston Rockets 106, Brooklyn Nets 96

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General by joelapinski on Friday 22 February 2013 at 9:28 pm

The Rockets got a nice road win tonight in Brooklyn.  The Rockets shot 53.2% from the floor and they hit 16 of 30 (53.3%) shots from three point range tonight.  Carlos Delfino (22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal) and James Harden (22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal) led the way for the Rockets tonight.  Chandler Parsons (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot), Omer Asik (10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) and Greg Smith (10 points, 4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in 16 minutes) also had solid games for the Rockets tonight.  The Rockets are now 31-26 on the year.

The Houston Rockets need Patrick Beverly to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Need to step up, Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 10:24 am

With Toney Douglas getting dealt to the Kings last night, the Rockets need 24-year old Patrick Beverly to step up behind Jeremy Lin at the point.  Beverly has played in 15 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Rockets and he is averaging 13.7 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He is only shooting 37.5% from the floor, 32.3% from three point range and 73.7% from the floor so far this year, and that just won’t get the job done.  Beverly has played in 6 games (0 starts) so far in February and he is averaging 17.7 minutes, 5.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  The Rockets need Beverly to keep playing well behind Lin.

The Houston Rockets get Thomas Robinson in a three team deal

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 6:53 am

The Houston Rockets have acquired 21-year old rookie power forward Thomas Robinson, 31-year old SG/SF Francisco Garcia and 22-year old small forward Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings and a second round pick in 2013 from the Phoenix Suns.  In return, the Rockets sent 23-year old power forward Patrick Patterson, 26-year old PG/SG Toney Douglas, 24-year old center Cole Aldrich and $1 million bucks to the Kings and they sent 23-year old forward Marcus Moore to the Suns.

Thomas Robinson was the #5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  He played in 51 games (0 starts) for the Kings this year and he averaged 15.9 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  He is a power player and he will complement Omer Asik pretty well.  Robinson has a huge upside.  Francisco Garcia played in 40 games (15 starts) for the Kings this year and he averaged 17.8 minutes, 5.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  But, he didn’t shoot too well, hitting only 37.6% from the floor and 36.7% from three point range.  Garcia has now played in 462 games (128 starts) in his first eight years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.2 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  22-year old forward Tyler Honeycutt has had a rough career to this point.  He has played in only 9 games (0 starts) for the Kings this year and he is averaging 3.6 minutes, 0.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 5.0 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.4 assists per game.  He is only shooting 31.4% from the floor so far in his NBA career.

Patrick Patterson is off to the Kings and he probably won’t start there.  He played in 47 games (38 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Patterson played in 163 games (45 starts) in his three years with the Rockets and he averaged 21.9 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Toney Douglas played in 49 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 18.6 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  Cole Aldrich played in 30 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 7.1 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Marcus Morris goes to Phoenix where he will get to play on the same team as his brother Markieff.  Morris played in 54 games (17 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  He played in 74 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Rockets and he averaged 18.0 minutes, 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

The whole success of this deal from the Rockets’ perspective will depend on how well Thomas Robinson plays.  They dealt Patterson and Moore to open up a shot for Robinson to start right away for them.

UPDATE:  (3/6/2013) - The Rockets have released Tyler Honeycutt.  He didn’t play any games for them before getting let go.

The Houston Rockets are hanging onto the last spot in the playoffs heading into the All-Star Break

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 7:27 am

The Houston Rockets head into the All-Star Break with a 29-26 (52.7%) record.  They are holding onto the #8 spot in the Western Conference, 13.5 games behind the Spurs and 3 games ahead of the Blazers.  Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Rockets up to the All-Star Break:

Team MVP:  James Harden - 23-year old shooting guard James Harden has been a godsend for the Rockets.  He has played in 53 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 38.2 minutes, 26.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Harden is a legit candidate to win an MVP Award in the NBA if he has a huge second half of the year.

Biggest Surprise:  Marcus Moore - 23-year old small forward Marcus Moore showed next to nothing last year as a rookie.  He has played in 54 games (17 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.

Biggest Disappointment:  Toney Douglas - 26-year old PG/SG Toney Douglas has played in 49 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 18.6 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game…..but he’s only shooting 39.5% from the floor.

Omer Asik is taking his game to a higher level in February for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 9:38 pm

26-year old center Omer Asik is off to a red hot start in so far in February.  He has played in 6 games (all starts) so far in February and he is averaging 36.9 minutes, 14.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  Asik has now played in 54 games (all starts) overall so far this year and he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 10.5 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  Asik already has 24 double-doubles so far this year, which is pretty darn impressive.  The Rockets are looking pretty smart for signing Asik last summer as he has been a beast near the basket for them so far in 2012-13.

Patrick Patterson is stepping up so far in February for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by joelapinski on Monday 11 February 2013 at 1:02 pm

23-year old power forward Patrick Patterson has been stepping up lately for the Houston Rockets.  He has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far in February and he is averaging 30.2 minutes, 17.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Patterson has now played in 45 games (36 starts) overall this year for the Rockets and he is averaging 25.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He is shooting 51.5% from the floor, 37.2% from three point range and 75.5% from the free throw line so far this year…..which is impressive.  Patterson better keep up the good work as there are rumors going around that the Rockets might try to deal for a big time power forward like Josh Smith or Paul Millsap.

Greg Smith is stepping up for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at 10:35 am

22-year old center Greg Smith has really stepped up this year for the Rockets.  Smith has played in 42 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Rockets and he is averaging 14.1 minutes, 5.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Smith is shooting 62.4% from the floor so far this year, but only 64.8% from the free throw line.  Smith has now played in 50 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockets and he is averaging 13.3 minutes, 4.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Smith has given the Rockets quality play at center when Omer Asik needs a break.  The Rockets hope that Smith keeps up the good work.

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