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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan yesterday at 23:53. 2 comments

Team USA Is Bleeding Out

Team USA Is Bleeding Out

The FIBA World Cup begins in China on the last day of August. After a training camp in early August, Team USA will set its 12-man roster by August 12. Who will still be standing at that point?

These 20 players were originally invited to participate in the Las Vegas camp:

Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Damian...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 15, 2019.

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden is currently in China doing one of those promotional tours where he visits some cultural landmarks, shoots some hoops at an outdoor half-court to a crowd of fans, and does various other silly things all while donning apparel of the company that sponsors him. But during his tour, photos emerged of The Beard getting pulled over by Chinese traffic police.

The stop didn’t lead to...

Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 12, 2019.

Steph Curry's Finger Mangled And James Harden's Eye Gouged In Opening Minutes Of Game 2

Steph Curry's Finger Mangled And James Harden's Eye Gouged In Opening Minutes Of Game 2

Basketball fans had every reason to expect Game 2 of the Rockets-Warriors Western Conference semifinal series to be ugly, with the Rockets working the officials in embarrassing fashion and franchise enemy Scott Foster assigned to the refereeing crew. But this was not the start that anyone imagined!

What at first looked like James Harden selling incidental contact in the paint was in fact...

Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Welp, so much for “nothing’s happening today .”

Once it became clear less than a week ago that the Thunder were prepared to nuke their current roster in favor of a rebuild, the timer on Russell Westbrook’s unceremonious exit from Oklahoma City via trade began counting down faster than ever before. That countdown came to an end on Thursday with this update from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jun 26, 2019. 17 comments

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

If there’s one thing a top-heavy Western Conference contender built on the ball-dominant shot-creation of two ornery superstars locked in an “unsalvageable” personality conflict needs, it is an infusion of noted mature adult in the room and agreeable teammate Jimmy Butler. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Rockets are after this summer: Jim Butts himself.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported...

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Liz Franczak Liz Franczak Jun 25, 2019. 20 comments

James Harden Gave The NBA Too Much Of What It Wanted

James Harden Gave The NBA Too Much Of What It Wanted

What happened to James Harden and the Houston Rockets? This time last year, Harden was receiving his coronation as the league’s MVP and the Rockets were seen as the only real challengers to the Warriors’ dynasty, which they very nearly ended through an almost religious adherence to what we’ve devotionally named Moreyball. But look at them now: Harden, after playing even better than he did...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jun 19, 2019. 21 comments

James Harden And Chris Paul Need Some Deep Breaths And A Long Hug

James Harden And Chris Paul Need Some Deep Breaths And A Long Hug

A new report from Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports adds some gory detail to previous rumblings of a civil war between Chris Paul and James Harden. Goodwill’s sources describe the relationship between the Rockets’ stars as “unsalvageable,” and add that “Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.” It’d be so sad if it...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Jun 18, 2019. 20 comments

Report: The Rockets Are All Fed Up With Each Other

Report: The Rockets Are All Fed Up With Each Other

With the Warriors severely depleted heading into next season, it stands to reason that the Houston Rockets are as well-positioned as any other team to take advantage and end the Warriors’ five-year Finals run. After all, they’ve been the only Western Conference team to seriously push Golden State, and they have the sort of battle-tested formula that the retooled Lakers haven’t yet...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 11, 2019. 22 comments

Losing-Ass Rockets, At Long Last, Please Remove Yourselves To The Fraud Bin Immediately

Losing-Ass Rockets, At Long Last, Please Remove Yourselves To The Fraud Bin Immediately

I’m sure most Rockets fans are lovely people. The Rockets have a fine basketball organization, as creative and nimble and determined as any in the NBA. And James Harden genuinely is one of the most unstoppable offensive players in modern basketball history. Now. Can that team please get all the way out of my face, immediately, and possibly forever?

They had everything lined up in their favor...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 07, 2019. 18 comments

The Unflappable Warriors Are Being Flapped By The Feisty Rockets

The Unflappable Warriors Are Being Flapped By The Feisty Rockets

It wasn’t pretty—it hasn’t been pretty, no two-minute stretch of this series has been the least bit aesthetically pleasant—but the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 to knot their conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

James Harden was once again spectacular, dropping in 38 points in 40 minutes, but the real hero of Game 4 for Houston was old man P.J....

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 29, 2019. 21 comments

Well That Was An Officiating Clusterfuck

Well That Was An Officiating Clusterfuck

In an ironic twist, it was James Harden that spoke up about officiating problems in Game 1 of the Rockets-Warriors series. He told reporters after the game that “he just wants a fair chance” and that he’s willing to live with whatever results come from the game as long as it’s called “the way it’s supposed to be called.” It’s easy to dismiss the concerns of an individual known for making...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Apr 25, 2019. 12 comments

Rockets Survive Utah's Aggressive Butt Defense, Advance

Rockets Survive Utah's Aggressive Butt Defense, Advance
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The Utah Jazz needed a few games to get there, but they finally worked their way into fighting range of the Houston Rockets over the course of their first-round playoff series. The hilarious strategy of defending James Harden’s butt started to yield dividends, and a Rockets offense that scored 122 and 118 points in...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 21, 2019. 7 comments

Not Even A Historically Bad Shooting Night From James Harden Could Stop The Rockets From Crushing The Jazz's Spirits

Not Even A Historically Bad Shooting Night From James Harden Could Stop The Rockets From Crushing The Jazz's Spirits

Given how badly the Rockets had crushed the Jazz in Games 1 and 2, if news were to come out of James Harden breaking some sort of postseason record during Game 3, the underlying assumption would be that it was related to scoring. That was half-true on Saturday in Utah when Harden set the NBA postseason record for most missed shots without a make, going 0-15 from the field to start the...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Apr 19, 2019. 14 comments

James Harden Is Just Toying With Poor Ricky Rubio

James Harden Is Just Toying With Poor Ricky Rubio

The Houston Rockets have encountered little resistance through their first two games against the Utah Jazz. They’ve hung 240 points on the NBA’s second-best defense and hit 32 three-pointers. (Those would’ve come in handy last May.) Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker are getting theirs, the weird bench unit is playing together perfectly, and, of course, James Harden is leading the show.

Harden scored...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Apr 10, 2019. 6 comments

Paul George Ended A Crazy Game On A Crazy Bucket

Paul George Ended A Crazy Game On A Crazy Bucket
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The final minutes of Rockets-Thunder on Tuesday night were a dense flurry of batshit. They featured Russell Westbrook swooshing a runner from 27 feet, Paul George earnestly looking to scrap with P.J. Tucker, and James Harden conducting the Rockets’ woozy show as usual. All of that is weird, but some of it is almost...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Mar 23, 2019. 10 comments

James Harden Cooks His Spiciest Meatball Yet

James Harden Cooks His Spiciest Meatball Yet

At this point in James Harden’s absurd season, a 27-point first quarter is not all that shocking on its own. The dude has already logged 57 or more points five times in 2019, and the Rockets’ offense is weirdly at its most effective when Harden gets to step back across the three-point line to his heart’s content. He shoots, a lot, always.

Tonight against the Spurs, he followed up his...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Feb 22, 2019. 14 comments

The Notoriously Rule-Bending Rockets Whined About The Refs In Their Loss To The Lakers

The Notoriously Rule-Bending Rockets Whined About The Refs In Their Loss To The Lakers

No NBA team has less of a right to complain about refereeing than the Houston Rockets, given how its two biggest stars have bought property in the gray areas of the rulebook. Chris Paul is a notorious flopper and instigator, while James Harden is James Harden, flailing his way to the line a million times per game.

And yet. Both Paul and Harden complained audibly about the refereeing in...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Feb 14, 2019. 15 comments

Josh Okogie Locking James Harden In A Closet Makes For A Satisfying Highlight

Josh Okogie Locking James Harden In A Closet Makes For A Satisfying Highlight

The Timberwolves beat the Rockets at home on Wednesday night, 121-111, and even though James Harden led all scorers as usual with 42 points on a nauseating 34 field goal attempts, he was far from unstoppable, as proven by T-Wolves rookie Josh Okogie on a pair of dramatic occasions within a couple minutes of each other.

Minnesota as a whole did a good job with Harden, specifically by limiting...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Feb 12, 2019. 10 comments

Thirsty Rockets Gloat Over Video Of James Harden Committing Grave Robbery

Thirsty Rockets Gloat Over Video Of James Harden Committing Grave Robbery

The Houston Rockets resorted to just the saddest damn evidence imaginable Monday night, in an effort to push back against James Harden’s well-earned reputation as an often distracted and indifferent defensive player:

What’s very funny about this is you don’t need a video of Harden almost literally stealing from a coffin to make the case that his defensive shortcomings are, by now, overrated. ...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jan 30, 2019. 12 comments

Jrue Holiday Put A Nice Marinade On James Harden, Slapped Him On The Grill, And Then Ate Him Up

Jrue Holiday Put A Nice Marinade On James Harden, Slapped Him On The Grill, And Then Ate Him Up

The biggest casualty of the Anthony Davis exodus may well be his poor sidekick Jrue Holiday, who is playing his proud butt off this season, as he generally does. Unless he too can engineer an escape from New Orleans, one of the NBA’s best two-way guards is going to have to make do with LeBron’s beard trimmings and nail clippings , which is a real bummer.

Holiday had 19 points, eight assists,...

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