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Astros, Rockets Suing Comcast Over Failed CSN Houston Network

In 2010, MLB’s Houston Astros and the NBA’s Rockets held $550 million in equity of their then-flagship network, Comcast SportsNet Houston. Four years later, DirecTV bought the network’s assets for a mere $1,000. Those four disastrous years have now resulted in a massive lawsuit brought by the professional sports clubs… » 6/11/15 7:19pm 6/11/15 7:19pm

Four Minutes Of Josh Smith Being Bad Against The Warriors

Josh Smith wasn’t absolutely horrible for the Rockets in their playoff series against the Warriors, but he did have his bad moments. Someone compiled and helpfully annotated his blunders—mostly on defense, with a few bad three-point attempts sprinkled in—in a four-minute video. There’s a nice Easter egg for those who… » 5/29/15 2:25pm 5/29/15 2:25pm

How Did We All Get Sucked Into James Harden's Nightmare?

He had more turnovers than shot attempts. The whole performance was bad—sickeningly bad, broadly and in nearly all its details—but the main thing to know is that in last night’s Game 5 elimination, Houston’s James Harden conveyed the ball to the Golden State Warriors more times (13, a playoff record) than he conveyed… » 5/28/15 9:35am 5/28/15 9:35am

The Golden State Warriors Advance To The NBA Finals

Despite the 104-90 victory, the Warriors didn’t make it easy on themselves. They shot only 41%—and a putrid 23% in the first quarter—and never got their three-point shooting on track. Andrew Bogut picked up two early fouls, and Klay Thompson picked up five pretty stupid fouls (and had to go back to the locker room… » 5/28/15 12:42am 5/28/15 12:42am

These Rockets Fans Are The Worst Tic-Tac-Toe Players Ever

Children generally learn the optimal tic-tac-toe strategy by the time they’re 10 years old, but don’t tell these Houston Rockets fans that. Selected to take part in a promotion before the fourth quarter of last night’s win over the Warriors, these two knuckleheads struggled equally with the tic-tac-toe and… » 5/26/15 9:06am 5/26/15 9:06am

First Quarter Offensive Explosion Propels Rockets Past Warriors

As well as the Warriors played in Game 3, the Rockets played even better in the first quarter of Game 4. Besides James Harden, the Rockets starters are all inconsistent offensive performers. But in the first quarter the Rockets went 17-21, 8-9 from three. James Harden scored “only” 10 of the Rockets’s 45 points, as… » 5/26/15 12:31am 5/26/15 12:31am

My God, The Warriors Are A Sight To Behold

How do you stop this? We could focus on everything the Rockets did wrong—James Harden shooting 3 for 16, Corey Brewer attempting multiple times to take the game over—but that wouldn’t be fair. That would deny the role the Warriors played in forcing those wrong things to happen. Without an ounce of hyperbole, that… » 5/24/15 12:15am 5/24/15 12:15am

Warriors Beat Rockets As James Harden Can't Get Final Shot Off

James Harden was brilliant all game, putting up a ridiculous 38/10/9 line without a ton of help from his non-Dwight Howard teammates. But on the final play of the game, down 99-98 with seven seconds to attack a scrambling Warriors defense, Harden inexplicably passed the ball to Howard, and when he got it back he… » 5/21/15 11:44pm 5/21/15 11:44pm

Clippers Blow Out Rockets, Advance To–Wait, What? The Rockets Won???

Late in the third quarter of last night’s game at Staples Center, the Rockets looked about as dead as any team has been in these playoffs. They’d been outscored 23-to-6 by the Clippers in the quarter and fallen behind by 19; they weren’t defending or working for good looks on offense and looked pretty much cool with… » 5/15/15 9:28am 5/15/15 9:28am