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Spurs' Leonard might miss rest of season - Popovich

Source | 59 mins ago.

San Antonio star forward Kawhi Leonard is still battling injury and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday he'd "be surprised" to see him return this season. "On Kawhi, I'd be surprised if he returns this season," Popovich told reporters as the Spurs returned to practice in the wake of the NBA's All-Star break. "There are only X number of games left in the season and he's still not ready to go," added Popovich, whose remarks were posted on

Anthony Davis on Pelicans if Cousins healthy: “We go to the Finals”

Source | 13 hrs ago.

On January 27, the Pelicans were 27-21 and had won seven-of-eight (including just beating the Houston Rockets), and they were solidly in as the six seed in the West. During All-Star weekend ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Anthony Davis about that and he was more optimistic than most. First, no the Pelicans were not contenders.

Why Barack Obama is speaking at a sports analytics conference

Source | 1 day ago.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference being held this week in Boston will feature one very unique speaker, former President Barack Obama. For a lot of people, he's a surprising choice to attend a sports analytics conference, but for the organizers who convinced him to attend, it's a no-brainer. "We know he's a huge sports fan and he's done a lot on tactical decision making leveraging analytics," said Jessica Gelman, the conference's co-founder. "On the team and business side, that's exactly what we're about." Gelman is the CEO of Kraft Analytics Group, which was formed in 2016 after being spun out of the Kraft Sports Group, which owns the New England

Travis Scott Performs For All-Star Weekend Crowd That Includes French Montana...and Guy Fieri

Source | 3 days ago.

In celebration of basketball’s biggest weekend, Rémy Martin hosted a special concert Friday night featuring rapper/producer/new dad, Travis Scott. The event went down at Los Angeles’ Avenue nightclub, where Scott performed in front of a star-studded crowd that included athletes like Houston Rockets' James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson, as well as fellow celebrities like French Montana, Future, Nicole Scherzinge, and Chanel Iman. There was also a random, but much-appreciated, appearance by Flavortown mayor Guy Fieri.

Barkley fears for NBA in 'superteam' era

Source | 5 days ago.

Basketball great Charles Barkley fears the NBA's popularity could be in jeopardy if the trend of top players gravitating towards a handful of franchises continues unchecked. Barkley, 54, said he was alarmed by the increasing disparity of rosters across the league, and warned that LeBron James' possible move to an already powerful team this summer could exacerbate the problem. James has the option of entering free agency this summer, and has been linked to a possible move to the Houston Rockets, where he would strengthen an already formidable roster spearheaded by James Harden and Chris Paul.

NBA roundup: Rockets grab first place in West

Source | 6 days ago.

James Harden worked through a subpar shooting performance to help the Houston Rockets carry a 10-game winning streak into the All-Star break following a 100-91 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Harden totaled a game-high 28 points on 7-of-19 shooting and added nine rebounds and nine assists as Houston sealed its second double-digit winning streak this season. The Rockets won 14 consecutive games bridging the months of November and December.

Lillard has 44, Blazers overcome Durant's 50, beat Warriors

Source | 7 days ago.

Damian Lillard said it may have been Portland's best win of the season. Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers overcame Kevin Durant's 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors with a 123-117 victory on Wednesday night. CJ McCollum added 29 points for the Blazers (32-26), who go into the All-Star break six games over .500.

Rockets sign 7-time All-Star Johnson

Source | 7 days ago.

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing of veteran guard/forward Joe Johnson in a press release Wednesday. According to multiple reports, the seven-time All-Star will be in uniform and available to play against the Sacramento Kings later the same evening. The Kings agreed to a buyout with the 17th-year veteran on Sunday following a three-team deal before the Feb. 8 trade deadline that delivered Johnson from the Utah Jazz.

Timberwolves host Lakers in final game before break

Source | 7 days ago.

With one game left before the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping to rediscover some of what worked during the league's unofficial first half. Los Angeles heads to Minnesota on Thursday after a 139-117 loss in New Orleans in which coach Luke Walton and new point guard Isaiah Thomas were ejected, and the Lakers gave up a season-high point total for an opponent in a regulation game. It was Los Angeles' second straight loss after eight wins in the previous 10 games.

Rockets ponder roster addition as they host Kings

Source | 8 days ago.

With the Rockets on the verge of signing veteran swingman Joe Johnson to bolster their already stout rotation, forward Ryan Anderson is viewed as the most likely candidate to have his playing time impacted whenever Johnson arrives and acclimates. Anderson, earning an annual salary of $20 million, is averaging career lows in points per 36 minutes (12.7) and usage rate (14.3 percent), numbers that have not only negated his career-high 56.6 effective field goal percentage but drawn the ire of Rockets fans convinced that Anderson is the weak link on their championship contender. Anderson drilled four 3-pointers in succession as the Rockets turned a four-point lead into a runway triumph.

How taking a step back helped James Harden take a giant step forward in MVP race

Source | 8 days ago.

For the Houston Rockets’ playmaking pairing to work, for Chris Paul to be in position to help a teammate reach an individual honor he came this close to capturing 10 years ago, and for coach Mike D’Antoni to have confidence that he might finally have a team that can turn his philosophies into a gold trophy come June, James Harden had to first accept his limitations. Pride pushed Harden last season to pile up points and assists at a level not seen since Tiny Archibard and to defy convention by powering an otherwise starless operation into contention. After Harden’s ignominious postseason flameout, the Rockets weren’t going to let him attempt to again see if a team could win in this era with one superstar and some solid complementary pieces.

The Utah Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA, again, and may be playoff-bound

Source | 8 days ago.

Pop quiz, hotshot: who’s got the longest winning streak in the NBA? Nope, it’s not James Harden, Chris Paul and the hard-charging Houston Rockets. The Utah Jazz — a team that seemed unlikely to compete after losing All-Star forward Gordon Hayward and starting point guard George Hill in free agency, and that bounced back from an injury to literal centerpiece Rudy Gobert with a hot streak only to lose 15 of their next 20 — have found their form again.

Sources: Rockets change course on release of Troy Williams

Source | 8 days ago.

Troy Williams is in his second NBA season. The Houston Rockets are changing course on the release of Troy Williams and are still working through their decision, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Rockets signed veteran center Brandan Wright on Monday and need to open a roster spot before inking Johnson after he clears waivers on Tuesday.

Rockets, Timberwolves strive for success before All-Star break

Source | 9 days ago.

The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves are two of the top-four teams in the Western Conference with two games left before the break. The Rockets (42-13) follow with a home game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. "We have too much at stake," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni told the Houston Chronicle.

Travis Scott Receives Key to Missouri City, Texas

Source | 9 days ago.

Travis Scott has been awarded the key to Missouri City, Texas, KTRK reports. The rapper was born in Houston and grew up in its suburb of Missouri City. He received the honor from Mayor Allen Owen in a ceremony held yesterday, February 10, which is now

CP3 lifts Rockets past Mavs for 8th straight win

Source | 10 days ago.

Chris Paul shook the Houston Rockets from their lethargy with a near triple-double, leading the way to a 104-97 victory over the undermanned Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston. Paul finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals, providing the spark down the stretch of the third quarter that enabled the Rockets to extend their winning streak to eight games. Houston led by just six points before Paul strung together three free throws, a driving layup and an assist on an Eric Gordon 3-pointer that upped the advantage to 87-75 entering the fourth.

Report: G Johnson to sign with Rockets after buyout from Kings

Source | 11 days ago.

Veteran guard Joe Johnson is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets after his contract buyout from the Sacramento Kings was completed Saturday, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Johnson, 36, is expected to clear waivers on Monday afternoon and then will be eligible to sign immediately with the Rockets. The Kings acquired Johnson from the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal prior to the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.

Sources: Joe Johnson expected to sign with Rockets

Source | 11 days ago.

Joe Johnson (6), who was with the Jazz earlier in the season, appears headed to the Rockets. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Houston Rockets at the veteran’s minimum for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo

Report: Grizzlies to buy out Brandan Wright, he will sign with Rockets

Source | 12 days ago.

Add Memphis’ Brandan Wright to the list — he is getting bought out and is heading to Houston, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. After he completes a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, center Brandan Wright is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Wright was finalizing a buyout with the Grizzlies on Friday night, with the Rockets emerging as the leaders once he clears waivers, league sources said.

Capela helps Rockets steamroll Nuggets

Source | 12 days ago.

Clint Capela posted his first 20-point, 20-rebound game and the Houston Rockets ran roughshod over the Denver Nuggets 130-104 on Friday at Toyota Center, recording their seventh consecutive win. Capela finished with 23 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in 29 minutes, dominating his matchup with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists). Capela added two blocked shots for the Rockets, who have won 11 of 12 games since All-Star guard James Harden returned from a seven-game injury hiatus due to a left hamstring strain.

Rockets stand pat with Nuggets coming to town

Source | 13 days ago.

While one championship contender executed a dramatic roster upheaval Thursday, the red-hot Rockets stood pat at the NBA trading deadline with an eye on potentially bolstering their roster after a handful of veterans are sure to secure buyouts of their contracts. As the Cleveland Cavaliers shipped out six players and made four personnel additions in an attempt to salvage their wayward season, Houston (40-13) went about the business of preparing for the first of three final home games prior to the All-Star break, with the Denver Nuggets paying a visit to Toyota Center on Friday night. Houston has won six consecutive games and 13 of 15 since suffering back-to-back losses in early January to the Warriors and Pistons.

Chase Budinger is a professional beach volleyball player now, guys

Source | 13 days ago.

Chase Budinger dunked over Puff Daddy in the 2012 slam dunk contest, so you know he’s got hops. Chase Budinger is still a pro, just not in the sport you’re accustomed to seeing him. After seven seasons, the 6-foot-7 wing fizzled out of the NBA, played last year in Spain and vanished from the basketball consciousness before surprisingly showing up on the beach, where professional volleyball player and two-time U.S. Olympian Sean Rosenthal recently pegged him to be his partner.

LeBron James buzzer-beater lifts Cavaliers, Rockets win

Source | 14 days ago.

LeBron James drained a buzzer-beating game-winner on Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers set aside their troubles with a 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With a second remaining in overtime he swatted away a shot by Minnesota's Jimmy Butler. "It was a great win for us," said James, who threw both arms in the air in triumph when his game-winner fell -- capping a triple-double performance of 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

LeBron's Cavs haven't hit rock bottom yet, but they got damn close in Orlando

Source | 15 days ago.

Every time you think the Cleveland Cavaliers must have hit rock bottom, they seem to find a way to dive a little further down. When’s the last time you saw Cleveland get a stop? For a second there, it looked like the Cavs were on track to bounce back from their Saturday obliteration at the hands of the Houston Rockets, riding dominant play from LeBron James and steady contributions from supporting cast members J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and even the slow-rolling Isaiah Thomas to a 67-51 halftime lead over the Orlando Magic.

Harden scores 36, surpasses 15,000, as Rockets beat Nets

Source | 15 days ago.

That's 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up. Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory. Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.