Calkins: Martin and Fisher Return To Again Haunt Rockets

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martinHOUSTON  - It wasn’t Kevin Durant, but the other Kevin — a familiar face who turned foe on the brink of the regular season who came back to Houston and delivered the daggers that ended the Rockets’ playoff run Friday night.

Kevin Martin moves on. James Harden goes home.

Nobody could have predicted the spills, twists and turns this series took along the way before ending in six games with a 103-94 victory for Oklahoma City — including the part about the biggest performance of all the players dealt for each other on the eve of the season being Martin instead of James Harden. 

Calkins: Rockets Can’t Bring Down Thunder to Save Postseason

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James HardenHOUSTON — Mother Nature spent most of the Rockets do-or-die playoff Saturday drenching the Houston downtown area and beyond.  And when it came time for the out-of-town Thunder to come down one final time inside the sold-out Toyota Center after blowing every last bit of a 26-point lead, the city’s hoopdom community was left high and first-round dry once again.

Sure, it was a valiant spunky comeback from the Kiddie Corp. aiming for a sudden reversal of fortune against the resident Western Conference kingpins.  But a collective kick to the groin nonetheless.