DuBose: Rockets hope postseason can change narrative

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HOUSTON — From the moment the Houston Rockets broke training camp in late September, one of the primary goals had been to earn a playoff rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. So, mission accomplished? Not quite. Undoubtedly, the Rockets envisioned themselves closer to the team they were in 2014-15 (56-26 overall, No. 2 seed) than the mediocre, 41-41 squad that had to win its final three games this week just to qualify for the playoffs as the eighth


Sprung: Hornets’ Al Jefferson, Like Other Big Men, Adapts To Changing Times

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Discussing the state of the modern NBA big man in a USA Today story on Monday night, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said, “It’s really like we’re dinosaurs, and they’re trying to extinct us.”  Like any creature, company or concept claiming to face extinction, big men around the league should follow the wise words of Charles Darwin: adapt or die. And adapting is exactly what Charlotte center Al Jefferson did, which is one of the many reasons why the Hornets are the Eastern Conference’s hottest


Bernucca: Are the Hawks Finally Flying Again?

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Last season, the Atlanta Hawks were one of the NBA’s best regular-season stories, winning 60 games. This season, they needed almost 60 games to remember what winning is. After their best season since moving to Atlanta nearly 50 years ago, the Hawks have spent most of this season spurting and sputtering. They got off to a 7-1 start, which many took as a good sign considering they were a measly 7-6 out of the gate last season. There was a six-game


Tweet of the Night: Sam Dekker takes Dwight Howard’s iPad, shares photos

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Small forward Sam Dekker has still yet to score his first points in an NBA game, with the first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets (No. 18 overall) having missed most of his rookie season due to an unfortunately-timed back injury. Nonetheless, the former Wisconsin star scored thousands of retweets after posting this picture on Monday night from teammate Dwight Howard’s iPad: [Read more…]


DraftKings Advice: How To Build Tonight’s Team Around Will Barton

Will Barton

There are a handful of NBA superstars to choose from in daily fantasy on an 11-game Wednesday. In real life, the matchup between Chris Paul $9800 and Russell Westbrook $11200 is compelling stuff. James Harden $10400 leads the Rockets into New Orleans, where Anthony Davis $10100 (toe) is expected to return after missing just one game. [Read more…]